An Ounce of Prevention v. A Pound of Cure: Two Solutions to Educating the Public about Transportation Planning
Thursday, September 7, 2017
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT
The age-old expression that ‘an ounce of prevention is easier than a pound of cure’ proves true with public outreach. In the world of transportation planning, community education is vital to connecting the public with the projects that agencies complete. Join us for an in-depth look at a case study that provides insight into building goodwill within a community with a controversial project 30 years in the making. Afterwards, we will examine a possible remedy for the phenomenon known as the Silver Tsunami, with baby boomers retiring without replacing them poses a threat to the future of the transportation industry.
Our session kicks off with a ‘pound of cure’; a dissection of a controversial project in Deerfield Beach, Florida. SW 10th Street, a 2.1 mile gap in south Florida’s highway network, is bordered by residential neighborhoods and has remained a missing connection for over 30 years. The need for an unprecedented level of public outreach called for creation of the SW 10th Street Consensus Building Initiative. This roundtable introduced advanced planning and design topics to appointed community members in order to gain consensus on the future of the SW 10th Street corridor. Together, we will explore the challenges of bridging the technical and policy gap between transportation officials and the community.
How do we educate the public as early as possible? Our panel recognized a possible ‘ounce of prevention’ is extensive outreach to students. We engage students of all grade levels; from elementary school students dreaming all the possibilities tomorrow can bring, to college and high school students positioning themselves to face the future and enter the workforce. For instance, our Think Like A Planner Workshop series, provides participating high school students with the opportunity to shadow transportation professionals and conduct their own short group presentations before elected officials. In addition, keeping students engaged by mentoring and sponsoring initiatives.
Join us for an in-depth look at a case study that provides insight into building consensus within a community with a controversial project 30 years in the making. Afterwards, we will examine a possible remedy for the phenomenon known as the Silver Tsunami, with baby boomers retiring without replacing them poses a threat to the future of the transportation industry.
Scott Peterson, PE
Julia Magee, firstname.lastname@example.org