Transit Planning for Transit-Oriented Communities
You'll learn about:
- How land-use planning shapes demand for transit services: the "6 Ds" of transit-oriented communities, land use and demographic metrics for determining transit propensity and trip demand
- How transit service guidelines serve as a planning tool for transit agencies and how local jurisdiction can support and monitor demand for transit
- How TransLink and Los Angeles County Metro is integrating land-use influences within service planning guidelines and processes
Across North America, transit agencies are trying to improve ridership and deliver transit service more cost effectively while local jurisdictions are trying to understand how they can better align their land-use decisions with improvements to transportation options in their community. Discover why transit agencies are moving in the direction of incorporating new inputs to service decisions and how this move relates to strategic, policy, and development planning.
In Vancouver, British Columbia, TransLink is in the process of updating their Transit Service Guidelines (TSG) with a major revision to incorporate land-use planning criteria, based on the "6 Ds" of transit-oriented communities: destinations, distance, design, density, diversity, and demand management. Leveraging key criteria identified through the award-winning "Transit-Oriented Communities Design Guidelines," the TSGs will offer new guidance to help both urban planners and transit service planners understand the influence that different land-use patterns may have on service planning outcomes.
In Los Angeles, Metro is working with its modelling to try to move away from traditional trip generation modelling, which stratifies trips into a mode based on cost and travel time assumptions. Instead, their research attempts to provide more accurate estimations based on three demographic variables: auto availability, employment status and household income.
The TransLink project manager, along with consultants, will summarize the agency’s approach, detail the development of the guidelines so far, and lead a discussion alongside LA Metro about how these new approaches may be relevant in the context of different cities or regions.
, TransLink (South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority)
Confirmed SpeakerAndrew Devlin is a Senior Planner with TransLink – Metro Vancouver’s regional and multimodal transportation authority. Since joining TransLink in 2011, he has helped lead the development of area transit plans, network reviews and studies, and system guidelines. Today, Andrew’s portfolio of work is largely focused on advancing various regional transportation policy and strategy planning initiatives, including an update to the regional transit fare system and studying options for coordinated regional road usage charging. Prior to joining TransLink, Andrew worked as a researcher and analyst focused on healthy built environments – an area he is still very passionate about today. Andrew is trained as an urban planner, with degrees from the University of Waterloo and University of British Columbia.
, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting
Confirmed SpeakerTim Payne, a principal with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc. , is co-lead of the firm's transit practice and has over thirty-five years experience in the transit disciplines. Tim is one of the few professionals in the industry with significant transit operations and planning experience, as well as extensive careers in both the public and private sectors. Tim's passion is building livable, sustainable communities, "Walking, biking, and transit are foundational elements that will allow us to inhabit great communities and enjoy the benefits of economic vitality."
, Steer Davies Gleave
, Los Angeles
Invited SpeakerMary has a robust background in transit and multi-modal transportation planning spanning across Canada and the United States. Her technical knowledge of transit includes service planning for near term bus service changes, conducting sub-regional studies, bus/rail integration for existing and planned lines, and system-wide network design principles and implementation. Mary has been able to leverage these skills alongside her enthusiasm for the connection between transportation and land use.
, Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority
, Los Angeles
Confirmed SpeakerKelly Blanton is a Transportation Associate with Los Angeles Metro’s Service Planning and Analysis. She utilizes her technical skills to identify and reach LA’s underserved and transit dependent markets. She has collaborated on transit studies, analyses as well as worked in operations. Car Free for over a decade, Kelly is committed to supporting vital transit services, increasing transit ridership, and improving the quality of life for all Angelinos through her work. Kelly has a degree in urban and regional planning from Texas State University, and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems.