Poster: Outreach for BaltimoreLink Bus Network Redesign
You'll learn about:
- Outreach methods and techniques used in two rounds of public outreach for a BaltimoreLink project
- Successes and challenges in reaching the public through workshops, pop-up events, and participation in festivals
- How to use social media, websites, and crowdsourcing platforms to provide information and gain public feedback
- How to evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of staff having informal local and regional knowledge of a project area
This poster explores methods used to solicit public input for the Maryland Transit Administration’s planned June 2017 BaltimoreLink core bus network overhaul in Baltimore, Maryland. BaltimoreLink—a new, comprehensive approach to providing bus service—focuses on 12, color-coded, high-frequency “CityLink” lines, all supported by suburb-to-suburb and suburb-to-downtown “ExpressBus” connections as well as crosstown and local “LocalLink” connections. These lines will supplement the city’s “Light RailLink” and “MetroSubwayLink” rail lines.
Outreach during fall 2015 and summer 2016 included in-person events such as workshops, pop-up events, and festivals as well as online efforts conducted through social media and the agency’s website. Learn how community feedback was implemented from the first round of outreach into the second draft of the network. Examine challenges student planners faced by working on a project from a consulting perspective for a system where some team members had significant informal local knowledge and regional expertise, while others had to learn their way around the city and its transit network. The poster also explores next steps as the plan nears the public hearing and public education phases.
, Morgan State University
Confirmed SpeakerLaura Bianca-Pruett, a parking planner for the Baltimore City Parking Authority, is a December 2017 graduate of Morgan State University's City and Regional Planning Master's Program. Her Fast, Funny, and Passionate presentation at NPC18 is based on her capstone project "Helping the Last, the Least, and the Lost: Compassionate Planning for Baltimore's Unsheltered Homelessness." In May 2017, she wrote a letter to the Baltimore City Mayoral Workgroup on Homelessness detailing her recommendations; two of them were used in Mayor Catherine Pugh's "Violence Reduction" report, released August 2017 ("Partner with organizations inside and outside government to coordinate and expand outreach, Create “1” Day’s Work for “1” Day’s Pay grant program for community organizations to employ the unemployed.") She studies in her free time the link between transportation and homelessness and increasing accessiblity for vulnerable populations. Laura previously worked as an intern for the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA MD)'s Office of Service Development and as a transportation planner for Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning. She worked extensively on the BaltimoreLink bus network redesign, implemented in June 2017. She also worked on the Title VI 2017-2020 plan for MTA MD as well as projects for Loudon County Transit and Arlington Transit.
, Silver Spring
Confirmed SpeakerOren Hirsch is a graduate student at University of Maryland College Park pursuing his master’s degree in community planning (anticipated graduation: May 2017) and works as a transportation planner for Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning. Professional projects that he has worked on include BaltimoreLink Transit Network Redesign (Maryland Transit Administration, Baltimore, MD), Quonset Transit Plan (Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority, Quonset, RI), and Arlington Transit Development Plan (Arlington County Transit Division, Arlington, VA). Prior transportation planning experience includes working as a GIS analyst for the Jerusalem Transportation Management Team in Israel and as an independent consultant in Washington, D.C. He is a student member of the APA National Capital Area Chapter.