2018 National Planning Conference

Multi-modal Upward Mobility

Monday, April 15, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - Monday, April 15, 2019, 5:30 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198134

Location: 2007

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  • Learn more about multimodal transportation planning processes, policies, and projects that are thoughtful of equity and vulnerability.
  • Explore how to engage stakeholders with impactful tools that will garner buy-in and support for the planning process, policy, or project.
  • Measure success of a multimodal transportation planning process, policy, or project using metrics related to equitable social, economic, and environmental impacts.


As demographics and the climate change and inequality grows, communities will need to leverage transportation investments to remain competitive, enhance quality of life, and attain sustainability. This session highlights case studies from three fast-growing communities, the Austin, Texas, MPO and the cities of Dallas, and Seattle. These communities share common and unique challenges due to their booming high-tech economies and high growth. Traffic congestion is worsening, housing costs are rising, inequality is growing, budgets are limited, and environmental issues exist.

Austin has its first-ever Regional Arterials Plan, which seeks to develop strategies for a flexible, multimodal roadway network that responds to changing mode and land-use needs; address increased access to opportunity between and within communities; and prepare for extreme weather events.

Dallas has its first-ever mobility plan, which seeks to address strategic network investments that will enhance multimodal connectivity, jobs-housing balance, and equitable economic resiliency.

Seattle's Racial Equity Toolkit is used for a variety of citywide and neighborhood-based transportation projects and policy.

The session provides planners with an understanding of metrics, policy, and process tools at the local and regional levels for culturally competent, inclusive, environmentally conscious, and equitable transportation planning outcomes that effectively benefit all.

Session Speakers

Kelly Porter, AICP
Houston Galveston Area Council
Austin, TX

Chelsea O. St. Louis, AICP
City of Dallas
Irving, TX

Mitchell Lloyd, AICP
Seattle Department of Transportation
Seattle, WA