How Accessible is Your Community (Part 1)

APA Virginia Chapter


Monday, July 17, 2017
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

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Our transportation systems ultimately are designed to keep people moving - sometimes slowly and sometimes at great speed– but where are they going? Are we getting them to their essential destinations easily, quickly and affordably? A new way to look at communities and their transportation systems asks how accessible they are. Accessibility is about connecting people with their desired destinations, and improving their access to jobs, shops, schools, or parks regardless of their address, age, or income. Virginia is at the leading edge of this new way of looking at both land use and transportation through the ‘lens’ of accessibility. The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) has invested in new tools to help localities, regions and the state measure how accessible they are and is sharing this new tool with planners across the State. This session will demonstrate the new SUGAR Access tool and how it can be used to answer a variety of transportation planning questions. The session will feature a hands-on demonstration of its capabilities from the developers of the tool, along with case studies of Virginia communities that have used it to solve real world concerns and issues.


Lorna Parkins, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Lorna Parkins, AICP, Vice President, Transportation Planning, Michael Baker International. Lorna Parkins has 30 years of experience in transportation planning, including both public sector and private sector positions. She has a bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Applied Economics from University ... Read More

Vladimir Gavrilovic, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Vlad Gavrilovic, AICP is a principal with EPR in Charlottesville, Virginia, specializing in community and transportation planning. He has more than 30 years of experience in transportation and community planning, urban design, environmental resource assessment, and the development of urban and environmental design standards for communities. Vlad’s work has ... Read More

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