Designing Streets for Transit-Based Neighborhoods
You'll learn about:
How to connect policy goals to design outcomes by understanding design standards/guidance and evaluation tools.
How to use street design to improve transit reliability, ridership, and value, better connecting riders to destinations.
How to improve transit efficiency in ways that improve the public space function of streets, and support and grow neighborhood land uses.
How to design safe and comfortable streets for all street users
How to use active transportation networks at a neighborhood scale to create more equitable, better connected, sustainable cities.
Join NACTO for an in-depth hands-on charrette workshop and peer-to-peer case presentations by cities that have assembled people-first transit corridor design, bike network rollout, and walkable streets to create transit neighborhoods – growing ridership and making cities more equitable at the same time. Better design can transform streets once dominated by motor vehicles into the spines of transit neighborhoods that provide both easy transit access and places to go without a car once riders step off the bus or train. Great streets for people are at the core of this work, documented in the transformative NACTO Transit Street Design Guide, Urban Street Design Guide, and Urban Bikeway Design Guide.
A growing and diverse group of U.S. cities are successfully pairing improvements like dedicated bus lanes and better stop design with bus branding and all-door payment, integrating bike share stations with transit stops, and integrating both with high-comfort all-ages bikeway networks centered on protected bike lanes. Learn from city practitioners about how their cities have planned, designed and implemented these features, using strategic, systematic and scalable approaches that can build into neighborhood networks and ultimately city-wide and region-wide approaches.
With a majority of US residents expressing a preference to live in walkable, bikeable urban places, cities are struggling to equitably meet the need for urban growth. Active transportation design and transit service planning are fast and powerful tools that planners can wield together - even when zoning tools are limited - to expand the reach of the transit network and the breadth of walkability in a city.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerAs Director of the Designing Cities Initiative at NACTO, Matthew leads the organization’s street design work in North America. collaborating with city professionals to develop design guidance, train practitioners, and move the state of the practice forward. Matthew is an urban transportation planner with nearly a decade of experience in planning and implementing designs for better streets. At the New York City Department of Transportation, Matthew helped introduce an evidence-based approach to the Department’s globally recognized street design programs, helping shape dozens of projects that transformed over 80 miles of thoroughfares into walking and biking-friendly streets. Matthew led the 2010 New York City Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, one of the nation’s first research-based safety plans. His academic publications focus on the causes of pedestrian injuries in urban settings, and safety evaluation of street redesigns.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerTed Wright is the Director Bicycle Program of New York City; the largest bike network in the United States. He has worked for over 15 years in both the public and private sectors on long-range, open space and strategic planning. Ted applies his unique urban design perspective to NYC’s Bike Program, integrating community groups into the design process, managing the Agency’s bicycle network Expansion, including implementing over 50 miles of lanes (10 of which must be protected) each year, and managing the build out of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Waterfront Greenways among other large long-term bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure throughout the five boroughs. His primary responsibility is leading an inter-disciplinary team on the development of over 50 miles of high quality infrastructure every year, including 10 miles of protected lanes. Under his leadership, NYC has become a leader of protected path design, creating new street typologies used throughout the US. He has also spearheaded the use of implementation-focused planning studies within NYC, successfully integrating community groups into a rapid-response process showing immediate results while building momentum for longer-term, more expensive capital projects. Ted has worked on bicycle and pedestrian projects since 1997, where he managed several pedestrian and bicycle projects for the Department of City Planning. He eventually became the director of Bicycle Network Development, where he initiated the City’s work with the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway. Outside of bicycle and pedestrian planning, Ted brings several years of urban design and architectural experience to the Department of Transportation. At Arrowstreet Architects, he led an architectural design team through several National Park long-range master plans, creating cost estimates and schematic designs for numerous park improvements. Later, working with Gensler Architects he coordinated several multi-disciplinary, large-scale “placemaking” projects. Internationally, Ted worked for three years as the principal land use planner for Atkins in Beijing, China, where he formulated and presented land use and environmental planning recommendations to Chinese governmental agencies. Ted holds a Masters of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Rutgers College. Ted has been a certified US planner (AICP) since 2002 and is a LEED accredited professional (LEEDAP).
, New York City Dot
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerEric is the Senior Director of Transit Development at the New York City Department of Transportation. In that role he works to make public transportation in New York City work better through better street design and ITS, and also serves as a key policy advisor on transit issues for the City. He has worked with the MTA to implement Select Bus Service, New York City’s brand name for Bus Rapid Transit, on ten routes citywide, which have shown substantial gains in bus speeds and ridership, and now also oversees the City’s initiative to study improved city run transit along the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts. He has worked at NYCDOT since 2006, after receiving a Master’s degree in urban planning.
, New York City Department of City Planning
Confirmed SpeakerJesse Mintz-Roth is senior transportation planner at the New York City Department of City Planning, where he advises the department’s neighborhood development fund on transportation infrastructure investments in support of eight neighborhoods being rezoned for mandatory inclusionary affordable housing. Until mid-2016, he was senior project manager in Research, Implementation, and Safety at the New York City Department of Transportation, where he managed and designed Vision Zero operational and capital street improvement projects to reduce pedestrian fatalities and severe injuries along intersections and corridors, and improve street livability. He received a BA from the University of Chicago in Public Policy and Geography and a MUP from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.