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  1. FREIGHTWORKS: Southern California Delivers the Goods

    This project was a 2014 John and Jane Public Competition winner. From TRB Committee ADA 60: The six-county region represented by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) includes the nation’s largest container port complex; the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach; key land ports-of-entry between California and Baja California, Mexico; and over 830 million square feet of warehousing space served by an extensive network of highways and rail mainlines. To highlight the importance of investing in the transportation system to transport goods, SCAG developed the following communication materials: Video: “Southern California Delivers the Goods” that highlights how imported goods are transported from one mode to the other through an extensive transportation network, while undergoing multiple handling processes before arriving at a store shelf. Infographic: “BY THE NUMBERS: Goods Movement in Southern California” that provides interesting facts about goods movement activities in Southern California.

  2. Interactive Travel Time and Housing Cost Map for the San Francisco Bay Area

    This project was a 2013 John and Jane Public Competition winner. From TRB Committee ADA 60: In the nation’s larger metropolitan areas, where housing is expensive and traffic is congested, the choice of where to live often involves a trade-off between housing cost and commute length. Better planning, however, can help mitigate this persistent dynamic, as outlined in California Senate Bill 375, a 2008 law that directs regional agencies to formally consider the joint impacts of land use and transportation planning decisions. To help illustrate this trade off, during the development of the recently adopted (July 2013) Plan Bay Area, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (together with its partner agency, the Association of Bay Area Governments), created an interactive map that combines housing price and travel shed information.

  3. Transportation Priorities: How Would YOU Invest?

    This video was a 2012 John and Jane Public Competition winner. From TRB Committee ADA 60: Every four years, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission updates its Regional Transportation Plan. Public participation is critical to ensure an open, democratic process, in which all stakeholders have opportunity to offer input and share their vision for what a vibrant, livable Bay Area will look like decades from now. But how do transportation professionals help the public make sense of it all? MTC’s answer in 2011 was to produce a clever and informative animated video focused on the transportation investment decisions – some $256 billion worth – at the core of the Plan Bay Area effort. The Transportation Priorities: How Would YOU Invest? video served to demystify the complexities of transportation planning and finance, and show interested Bay Area residents some of the trade-offs that will have to be made by MTC decision makers, all in five minutes.

  4. Regional Parking Initiative: Videos and Posters

    This campaign was a 2012 John and Jane Public Competition winner. From TRB Committee ADA 60: Regional Parking Initiative is communicating with the public through alternative media and the use of humor and visual graphics. Staff presented a series of workshops on parking policies that included sessions with names such as “The Greedy Developer”, “How to Put Us to Work for You”. Cartoons with zombies poked fun at common parking policies, and Google Earth based-maps were used to demonstrate concepts. The financial implications of parking policies are largely overlooked. Central to this communications effort, MTC created four short provocative videos, a newscast, and visual posters to stimulate creative thinking, and invigorate and inform the purely policy discussions throughout the region, adding to more technical work. This effort begins to provide a foundation for conversations about the financial implications of the choices, so that we can develop public support for the transportation systems that serves the public interest.

  5. Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

    This project won an honorable mention in the 2011 John and Jane Public Competition. From TRB Committee ADA 60: The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) recognized the need to plan for the evacuation of Transportation Needs Populations in central Ohio. In FY 2008, MORPC was awarded one of two grants awarded nationally to develop a regional evacuation and emergency preparedness plan for Transportation Needs Populations, and to serve as a benchmark for similar plans throughout the nation in the future. A framework was developed to allow the various emergency preparedness plans in the region to be coordinated and consistent with a regional strategy that focuses on the Transportation Needs Populations. The framework is not intended to replace existing private sector, governmental, or other local emergency preparedness plans. Rather, it is intended to enhance existing agency plans by identifying potential conflicts and providing improvement and coordination recommendations to specific agencies, thus greatly minimizing the potential dangers of miscommunication or inconsistencies between plans. The project goal was to create a seamless framework for the region that builds upon and supplements jurisdictional plans that are already in place.

  6. Terminus: Transportation Planning In Game Form

    This project won an honorable mention in the 2012 John and Jane Public Competition. From TRB Committee ADA 60: Created originally as a means to educate high school-age students on transportation planning and policy negotiation, Terminus is a game that brings together aspects of long- and short-range regional planning, with components drawn from Georgia’s recent regional transportation referendum process. By placing participants into the role of an elected official and asking them to negotiate with the other jurisdictions in their region for the resources to build projects, players have a chance to learn complex lessons firsthand.

  7. Ocean City Walk Smart 2015 Campaign

    This campaign won a Division 1 Excel Award in the 2015 TransComm Skills Contest. The Maryland State Highway Administration describes it as a "successful family friendly beach-themed public education campaign focusing on pedestrian safety, as well as bicycle and driver safety."
  8. June 1, 2015

    Making Measures Resonate with Local Officials

  9. July 23, 2014

    White House White Board
    Vice President Biden on Rebuild America

    In this installment of the White House White Board series, Vice President Biden takes the pen and discusses the importance of transportation infrastructure investment in America.