Community Engagement and Public Outreach

American Public Transportation Association


Tuesday, August 8, 2017
8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. CDT

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Although related, public outreach and community engagement are not synonyms. Public outreach is focused on a specific project for a defined period of time to receive feedback about a particular initiative. Community engagement is more long-term, building the relationships with stakeholders and community-based organizations that will form a strong foundation for public outreach. What elements and strategies have your agency or consulting firm used to build and maintain relationships with neighborhoods and groups, and to get useful feedback from communities that can assist transit planning and operations? Share triumphs (and failures, which are just as important) of how you have done engagement and outreach that discusses useful strategies and illustrates lessons earned so we can all continue to improve.


Michael Abegg

Confirmed Speaker

Planning & Operations Manager, Solano County Transit (SolTrans), Vallejo, CA Read More

Michael Owen Helta

Confirmed Speaker

Manager, Project Development, Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD Read More

Caitlin Schwartz

Confirmed Speaker

Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator, Metro Transit, Minneapolis, MN Read More

Gordon Robinson, PMP

Confirmed Speaker

Director of Planning, Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, Corpus Christi, TX Read More

Lyssa Leitner Grams, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Lyssa Leitner, AICP, is a senior transportation planner with Washington County and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is the Deputy Project Manager for the METRO Gold Line, a 9-mile, dedicated guideway, New Starts BRT project in the Twin Cities ... Read More

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