NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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NYC's Economic Development Corporation and Transportation Department have teamed together to implement the ambitious BQX streetcar plan for the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront. Discover how these agencies are taking bold steps to prioritize surface transit in ways rarely seen in the United States.
Traditional level-of-service (LOS) standards ensure that intersections have the capacity to accommodate vehicle demand. Explore LOS as it evolves to include metrics and standards for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders, in the short-term and for long-range planning.
Strategies for transit-oriented development (TOD) in large metro regions must account for the context and scale of a city, as well as its underlying urban form, era of development, and economic forces. Examine TOD planning, development, and financing in an auto-oriented, growth metropolitan region (San Diego), a legacy city region (Cleveland), and America's largest city (New York City).
Explore the evolution of streets and how transportation planning and design is changing to meet 21st-century user needs. Learn about the benefits of interdisciplinary approaches and the importance of using new technologies to engage stakeholders in decision-making processes.
Public transit barely survived the 20th century. Will it survive the 21st? More to the point, should it? Examine three long-term trends that could transform public transportation as we know it: climate change policy, vehicle automation, and an aging demographic.
Learn how PennDOT is integrating bicycle and pedestrian transportation into its highway and bridge planning and design processes—specifically, how such modal integration is transforming the state's heavily traveled and scenic U.S. Route 6 corridor.
Explore the land-use mix, density, ridership, and parking necessary to develop a successful transit-oriented development (TOD). Learn how two different New Jersey communities—the City of Rahway and the Borough of Somerville—developed TODs that reflected their specific needs.
Cash-strapped states and cities need to creatively stretch limited transportation dollars to address current needs. Forward-thinking highway preservation projects can improve urban mobility for all modes of travel while restoring or replacing our 50+ year-old, inefficient auto-centric transportation systems.
Learn how cities can reap the full value of transit by transforming their streets into places for people, supporting great transit with a suite of innovative street designs embodied in NACTO’s Transit Street Design Guide and Urban Street Design Guide.
This interactive session with audience/attendee real-time input that will be integrated with curriculum, describes the latest best practices in parking management, sustainable green design and the coincident role of next gen mobility technology and services has in achieving sustainability and travel benefits in cities and regions.
Corpus Christi, TX, the “fattest city in America” (Men’s Health, 2010), where big trucks and vehicular access are inalienable rights, now boasts one of the most comprehensive bicycle mobility plans in the country. This is community transformation in action.
Explore automated vehicle technology, the use of ropeways and gondolas in an urban environment, and the proliferation of e-bikes worldwide. Discuss the implications of these trends for planning.
Explore the questions that planners can answer more quickly and easily with big data than traditional data. Learn how answering these questions helps planners understand mobility behavior more accurately, precisely, and comprehensively, which ultimately enables more impactful and beneficial community projects.
Autonomous vehicles—or driverless cars—are coming, and faster than you think. They will change the way we think about land-use needs, residential preferences, parking management, workspace needs, and myriad of other planning topics. This session will help you prepare for those changes.
Big data from mobile devices can be a powerful tool for transportation planners who don’t have the resources for intensive travel studies. Learn how to gather and deploy big data by studying successful projects in California and Virginia and hearing from the key players involved in them.
Self-driving cars will hit city streets soon. Will they induce a new boom in sprawl? Will they create a transit “golden age” with new ownership models? Explore the future of transportation with experts from Silicon Valley and New York.
How can you design equitable processes to help build healthy, active neighborhoods? This session will explore innovative (and successful!) strategies for moving beyond meetings to expand community participation in planning for streets and neighborhoods.
The critical modernization of LaGuardia Airport (LGA) has begun. Tour this leading airport and see up close how the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is collaborating with private partners to revitalize and unify terminals, increase airfield efficiency, and redevelop LGA into a world-class gateway.
While advocates, planners, and public health professionals may readily self-identify as interested in either food access or in active transportation, local communities don’t always see the distinction between these issues. Communities rightly see the issues as interconnected, suggesting that our approach to solving it should be as well.
State and MPOs are moving to a performance driven approach to making decisions about to align transportation spending with goals, criteria and performance measures. This session highlights exemplars, offering communities best practices for moving towards a new approach.
The Vision Zero policy for reducing traffic deaths has spread around the world since its inception in Sweden in 1997. Can it help you achieve safe, sustainable, and complete streets in your community? Vision Zero experts will review best practices in street design and present case examples of innovative street solutions on Queens Boulevard in New York.
Participants will get a tour the new stations of Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway, the largest subway expansion project in New York City. The tour will end at the Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center at 125th Street for a presentation on Phase 2 of the project.
Be inspired by how New York City is working to enhance and expand its transportation network within the confines of aging infrastructure, a growing population, and limited space. Meet staff from the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Transportation and learn about three projects these organizations are spearheading to help tackle these challenges.
Hear how and why three major cities decided to try the shared-street concept, such as the desire to respond to site-specific transportation issues or to promote goals like economic development and public space improvement. Learn about site selection, community education and outreach, programming, maintenance, and performance measurement.
Major shared transportation modes—such as bikesharing, carsharing, ridesourcing, and alternative transit services—are changing how people travel and are having a transformative effect on mobility and local planning. Learn about the role of shared mobility in urban planning.
NEC FUTURE is one of the largest vision plans ever undertaken for transportation investment in the United States. Learn about this ambitious initiative and the many benefits it promises for rail passengers and the Northeast region as a whole.
Transit is often considered a public sector responsibility. Yet the prevalence of privately operated services reveals a spectrum of mobility options. Learn from expertsin state and county government, transit agencies, and transportation management associations as they discuss the interplay between public and private operations of transit services.
The aging Northeast Corridor is the rail backbone of the Northeast region and the nation’s busiest passenger rail corridor. Learn how eight states, the District of Columbia, Amtrak, and the US DOT are collaborating to plan its sustainable future.
Cars have long dominated Los Angeles. But thanks to political will, demographic changes, and innovative investments, things are finally changing. Explore projects that are transforming the region to become a walkable, bikeable, and transit friendly place.
This session explores equity issues in regional transportation planning, reviews current practices, and presents methods for evaluating transportation equity in long range transportation planning, using Hillsborough County (Tampa), FL and the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area as case studies.
From international trade to local deliveries, freight planning is a fast-growing field that requires multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-modal coordination. Practitioners will share their insights into the key issues and players to consider in the freight planning process.
The session will present a first-of-its-kind transportation planning framework that combines typology, land use, modal priorities, big data, multimodal performance measures and the latest in GIS technology to evaluate multimodal arterial network needs and potential improvements systematically.