Dollars & Sense: Aligning Transportation Spending
You'll learn about:
• To understand the various approaches to project selection and performance management.
• To learn about innovative approaches to aligning funding decisions to performance measures.
• To learn to apply innovative approaches in one’s own community by overcoming barriers and harnessing opportunities.
This panel highlights practice-ready research from a University of Oregon-Transportation for America-Natural Resources Defense Council research project examining the integration of long range transportation plan goals, project selection criteria and funding decisions in case studies across the country. Participants will learn about innovative approaches to rethinking how transportation spending can be better aligned with goals and performance measures at the state and metropolitan scale. Panelists will highlight challenges and opportunities for rethinking transportation funding decisions. The panel includes members of the research team from University of Oregon and Transportation for America in addition to MPO and state agency staff.
Confirmed SpeakerMr. Nick Donohue is the Deputy Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Donohue leads the Commonwealth's SmartScale transportation prioritization process and the development of VTrans, the long-range transportation plan. In addition he serves as the Director of the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, which encourages the coordination of multimodal and intermodal planning across the various transportation modes within the Commonwealth. Mr. Donohue served previously as Policy and Legislative Director for Transportation for America, an alliance of private and public sector leaders dedicated to promoting local transportation solutions. Before that he served as Assistant Secretary of Transportation and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation in the administration of Governor Tim Kaine. In this role, Mr. Donohue was responsible for legislative and regulatory affairs for the seven agencies in the Transportation Secretariat. He also directed the implementation of the transportation and land-use program for the Secretariat. Mr. Donohue holds a BS in Urban Studies and Geography from Virginia Commonwealth University.
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Vautin, AICP is a Senior Planner/Analyst at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in San Francisco, California, leading the agency’s efforts in the fields of performance assessment and performance monitoring over the past seven years. His analytical work informs regional policy decisions by monitoring adherence to adopted goals and targets and by identifying high-performing transportation investments that achieve the region’s sustainability objectives. David leads MTC’s implementation efforts for federal performance measures established in MAP-21, serves as the project manager for the Vital Signs performance monitoring initiative, and manages performance analysis for long-range plans including Plan Bay Area 2040. He received his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.
Confirmed SpeakerRebecca Lewis (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon and a Faculty Affiliate at the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland. She currently serves as the Research Director for the Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon. She holds a master of public policy degree from the University of Maryland and a PhD in urban and regional planning and design from the University of Maryland. Dr. Lewis was a 2010 Lincoln Institute of Land Policy C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellow and received 2012 Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for the Best Dissertation in Planning from the American Collegiate Schools of Planning for her dissertation evaluating the efficacy of smart growth in Maryland. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of the American Planning Association, State and Local Government Review, and the American Journal of Public Health. Her research broadly focuses on state land use policy, the integration of climate, transportation and land use planning, state and local finance and measuring urban form. Currently, she is working in three projects funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities and recently received funding to study best practices for land use policy in the Chesapeake Bay from the Chesapeake Bay Program. At the University of Oregon, she teaches courses in growth management, sustainable cities, public budget administration and research methods.