Urban Enhancements within Highway Preservation Projects
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Understand the opportunities and challenges that arise when planning 21st century mobility systems when restoring or replacing 20th century urban highways and bridges.
Learn about creative, cost-effective solutions that reconnect with communities, and improve pedestrian, bicycle and transit mobility while restoring critical highways and bridges.
Learn how community engagement and collaboration is critical to understanding multi-modal demand and urban connectivity needs.
Let’s Go CT! - Connecticut’s strategic statewide transportation plan for 2045 – is exploring the benefits and costs of multi-billion-dollar highway and bridge preservation projects. Preserving the state’s 50+ year-old transportation system is critical to the state’s economy, yet, there is wide public recognition that the transportation systems of the 20th century do not address 21st century needs. At the same time, fiscal realities restrict the ability of the state to construct new capacity or implement new systems that meet the current demand for multi-modal travel. Accommodating pedestrian, bicycle and transit travel needs while restoring or replacing mega highway projects enables the state to greatly enhance urban mobility at a significantly lower cost than constructing independent alternative transportation projects. This session will present and discuss case studies in such transformational preservation projects, including metrics used to measure and calculate the benefits that regions can realize when states and communities re-envision how transportation systems can be integrated with their cities – benefits that not only improve mobility, connectivity and access to jobs, but also improve the quality of life of residents.
, EDR Group
Confirmed SpeakerStephen Fitzroy, Ph.D., P.E., Executive Vice President Economic Development Research Group, Inc. Stephen Fitzroy has over 35 years of experience with federal, state, regional, and local transportation and economic development agencies in the areas of technical analysis, model development, and project selection and prioritization for transportation systems for a full range of highway, freight, rail (passenger, intermodal and high speed) and trade (commodity flow) assessments for a wide range of clients. He specializes in assessing economic effects of infrastructure investments on regional competitiveness, resource productivity, and concurrence with policy initiatives. At EDR Group, he manages various projects involving long-range planning, forecasting and transportation infrastructure investment analysis. He has examined the effects of transportation infrastructure investment on regional competitiveness and is involved in on-going studies assessing the effects of system productivity enhancements on key strategic economic sectors. His applied work on transportation systems planning and development includes benefit cost analysis (BCA), economic impact assessment (EIA), econometric modeling, and a variety of market-oriented assessments and economic analyses. Mr. Fitzroy’s research and project experience in operations and market analysis have provided important perspectives for major planning and policy analysis programs for senior policy makers. Mr. Fitzroy is currently managing system-wide economic assessments involving BCA and EIA studies for statewide multimodal impact assessment projects in Virginia, Connecticut and Illinois. His work on BCA studies typically involves assessing complex programmatic, preservation and corridor studies requiring careful assessments of technical issues related to wider economic benefits, assessment of life cycle costs tied to preservation and long-term benefit and residual value assessments. His range of expertise and knowledge provide the kinds of perspectives needed to integrate BCA with other methods of economic impact analysis and multi-criteria evaluation and prioritization systems. Mr. Fitzroy also uses his real-world experience in his role as a technical advisor to EDR Group’s software development group. This experience contributes to introducing updated analytic methods and responsive design innovations offered through TREDIS®. As a long-time, active member of TRB with a wide range of interests reflecting his extensive career, Mr. Fitzroy serves as a member of the TRB Freight Economics and Regulatory Committee (ATO10). He has served on the Environmental Justice Committee (ADD50), the Congestion Pricing Committee (ABE25), the Transportation Economic Committee (ABE20), and was the first chair of the Joint Subcommittee on the Economic of Pricing (ABE25(2)). Mr. Fitzroy holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, a Master’s of Regional Planning from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Registered Engineer in the State of Michigan.
, CDM Smith
, CDM Smith
Confirmed SpeakerDonald Vary is a lead practitioner for CDM Smith in statewide and MPO long-range planning and has more than 26 years of experience in transportation policy, planning, and transportation analysis. His skills span the disciplines of multimodal transportation system scenario analysis, economics, finance, and stakeholder engagement, and he has a depth of experience in providing guidance to public agencies in capital investment decision making. In addition to Connecticut, Mr. Vary has assumed a lead or supporting role in developing multimodal statewide plans with investment scenario elements for Louisiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, Ohio, Colorado, South Carolina, and Arizona.
, Connecticut Dept. Of Transportation
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Elder is a Transportation Planner in CTDOT’s Office of Strategic Planning and Projects, Bureau of Policy and Planning. He is the project manager for Let’s GO CT! and leads the office of Policy and Performance Measures. Mr. Elder previously worked as the Director of Planning for a Council of Governments and Metropolitan Planning Organization in southwest Connecticut and has a Masters of Science in Planning and Resource Management from Central Connecticut State University. Mr. Elder’s work for the Department includes legislation and policy review, transit oriented development planning, statewide project coordination, and long range planning.