February 2011 Posts

Rockefeller Foundation Infrastructure Survey

February 14, 2011

This survey assesses voters' views on the importance of transportation infrastructure, financial reforms and gas tax increases.

Rockefeller Foundation Infrastructure Survey

Outcomes-Based, Performance-Driven Planning at Metro Portland

February 12, 2011

The Portland, Oregon region completed its new metropolitan transportation plan, 2035 Regional Transportation Plan, in June of 2010 under the direction of Metro, the metropolitan planning organization for the region. With this plan comes a new approach for metropolitan planning in this region that is focused on desired outcomes and measurable performance. In response to growing economic and climate change concerns, the region's elected leaders chose an outcomes-based framework with policy-level performance targets to guide investments and demonstrate measurable results. Metro has developed a broad set of measures to evaluate the planned investment strategy in addressing the plan goals. In addition, Metro established a performance monitoring program designed to assess system performance periodically as a means of informing implementation decisions.

During the development of its regional transportation plan (RTP), Metro also worked with operations and travel demand management stakeholders to create a Regional Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO) Plan that lays out how management and operations can be used to support the desired performance outcomes. To read the case study, click on the link below.

Case Study (Publication Number: FHWA-HOP-10-055)

House T&I Committee announces national field hearings in a city near you

February 10, 2011

House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., has announced a series of field hearings and public forums on the pending surface transportation reauthorization bill. The meetings will be an opportunity to provide feedback to the T&I Committee as they are drafting the legislation, which is critical for improving the transportation system and creating jobs. The committee will seek input on how to consolidate and improve the performance of programs, cut government red tape and streamline the project delivery process, increase private sector investment in our infrastructure, identify creative financing alternatives and make other transportation improvements.

Chairman Mica and Committee Members will participate in the meetings, which will begin on Feb. 14, 2011 in West Virginia, home state of the committee's ranking Democrat Nick J. Rahall. At least a dozen other sessions across numerous states are currently planned for Feb. 17-25, including a joint House-Senate hearing in Los Angeles in cooperation with Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Barbara Boxer. The committee will travel to Beckley and Charleston, W.Va.; Philadelphia and Scranton, Pa.; Rochester, N.Y.; Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; Chicago, Ill.; Vancouver, Wash.; Fresno and Los Angeles, Calif.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Jonesboro, Ark.; and Memphis, Tenn. ITS America members in these regions who would like to attend one of the meetings can contact Paul Feenstra at pfeenstra@itsa.org or 202-721-4237.

Streetwise Turns One!

February 09, 2011

Cake and candles today to celebrate the 1st birthday of Streetwise, a Blog on Transportation! A year ago today, the site was launched and it has been fun watching it “grow” along the way. Special thanks to our many contributors and faithful readers who helped us take our “first steps” en route to nearly 27,000 page views throughout the year. We've had some wonderful milestones and look forward to a bright future ahead.

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