Eeny Meeny Miny Mo: How Will We Choose to Go?

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT


Providing transportation choices for people and freight is the newest goal area of the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP). This goal area emphasizes and elevates the importance of providing multiple, balanced, and integrated transportation solutions. Floridians expect to be able to rely on more transportation options, or choices, than ever before. Attendees at this session will hear about various choices for people (e.g., walk, bike, transit, golf cart, shared mobility) and for freight (e.g., ship, rail, truck, drone), and participate in identifying strategies to plan and implement solutions. The session will emphasize how to integrate choices for complete, end-to-end trips.

In the context of the recently developed Florida Transportation Plan (FTP), participants will:

-          - learn about the FTP and its implementation

-          - learn about competing demands of various modal choices

-          - through interactive role play, experience the process of balancing competing modal needs

-          - develop decision making strategies to benefit their units of government or organizations


This session will provide transportation planning and implementation strategies for attendees to use in their everyday practice. It will help them identify customers and find ways to better understand their needs and expectations. The interactive activity will give attendees the opportunity to experience  techniques to better foster communication and collaboration with the public and planning partners.



Melanie Weaver Carr

Invited Speaker

Senior Transportation Policy Analyst, Florida Department of Transportation. Melanie has worked for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for 27 years, the past 22 in the Office of Policy Planning. She coordinates Partner and Public Involvement for the Florida Transportation Plan as well as outreach related to Complete Streets. In ... Read More

Dennis Smith, AICP

Invited Speaker

Florida Department of Transportation, Office of Policy Planning. Dennis has 23 years of planning experience in the public and private sector. An innovator in the field of planning and program management, Dennis is currently the Growth Management Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation, Central Office where he is responsible ... Read More

Brenda Young, P.E.

Invited Speaker

Florida Department of Transportation, District 5. Brenda serves as the Passenger Operations Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation District 5 overseeing the Transit, Bicycle and Pedestrian, Park and Ride, and Commuter Assistance staff and programs. Brenda is District 5s champion for bicycle and pedestrian safety, FDOTs statewide champion for ... Read More

Sarah Walker

Invited Speaker

Cambridge Systematics. Sarah is a Senior Associate of Cambridge Systematics with experience in statewide policy analysis, regional and urban transportation planning, and financial project management. For the FDOT, she is serving as the day to day project manager for the statewide on-call contract providing technical and policy-related support for the ... Read More

Karen Kiselewski, AICP

Invited Speaker

Cambridge Systematics. Karen is a Senior Associate of Cambridge Systematics with more than 15 years of experience in multimodal transportation planning; performance measurement; policy analysis; and policy and program evaluation. Karen is part of the team that developed the 2015 Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) update providing public and partner outreach ... Read More

Laura Cantwell

Invited Speaker

AARP, Associate State Director. Laura is an issue expert for health and long-term care, caregiving, and transportation issues. She often provides guidance to partners on local policies related to livable community issues such as complete streets and the AARP Age-Friendly Network. She currently serves on several committees including Florida Transportation ... Read More

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