Equity in Transportation: ensuring equal access to opportunities and services for all North Carolinians
April 27, 2021 2pm-3pm
In this session, our presenters included Aldea Coleman, Dr. Eleni Bardaka and Calvin Gladney.
Calvin Gladney, LEED AP, is President and CEO of Smart Growth America and is a nationally recognized thought leader on the equitable and sustainable revitalization of communities. Prior to being named President and CEO of Smart Growth America in April of 2018, Mr. Gladney was Managing Partner of Mosaic Urban Partners, a real estate development and advisory services firm that advised non-profits, cities, and elected officials on how to sustainably and equitably regenerate their communities. In 2017, Mr. Gladney was also the Urban Land Institute’s Senior Visiting Fellow for Equity.
Aldea Coleman, Policy Director to the Chief Operating Officer of NCDOT, will present on SEA-Change: An Equity Framework for NCDOT. The Strategic Equity Agenda (SEA-Change) is a blueprint for action by offices and divisions within NCDOT including Multi-Modal Divisions, the Office of Civil Rights, the Office of HBCU Outreach and Transportation Planning. This document provides a set of forward-looking strategies for increasing equity, building upon previous planning initiatives and successes from each office and division. The presentation will highlight how this living document provides a framework for coordinating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) activities across departments to increase equity within the Transportation field.
Dr. Eleni Bardaka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Bardaka will discuss changes in transit access in the Triangle Region over time.
Iconic Multimodal Stations at Any Scale and How They Can Spur Economic Development Around Them
February 23, 2021 10am-11am
This session included presentations on creating an Iconic Multimodal Station. We were joined by NCDOT Chief Deputy Secretary David Howard who discussed the Gateway Station in Charlotte including the P3 aspects, partners, funding, affordable housing, and how it will spur private development around it.
We were also joined by Monica Wauck Smith who will discuss the successes the City of Milwaukee has recently experienced with their recent TOD Pilot. The City of Milwaukee received $750,000 as part of FTA’s Transit Oriented Development Pilot Program to support the revitalization of underserved neighborhoods adjacent to downtown and to facilitate multimodal connectivity and accessibility in conjunction with two proposed streetcar extensions. The Milwaukee Streetcar, named the Hop, began operations in November of 2018 with an initial route through Downtown Milwaukee.
The city anticipates strong development interest with the extensions and will develop strategies to minimize displacement of current residents. Final outcomes will include revised zoning code text, development plans and policies for key sites, streetscape and pedestrian/bicycle access plans, affordable housing development strategies, and TOD financing strategies. The resulting plan, Moving Milwaukee Forward, offers a new neighborhood framework for attracting investment, enhancing connectivity and reinforcing neighborhood identity through the future expansion of the Milwaukee Streetcar system, extending investment from Downtown into these neighborhood.
Leveraging New Rail Access and Transit Oriented Development to Spur Economic Growth
January 26, 2021 10am-11am
This session included presentations on "Expanding Rail in North Carolina—the S-Line Opportunity" with Marston Raue who is working with NCDOT’s Rail Division and agency leadership to advance long-range passenger and freight rail initiatives for the Southeast Corridor, Terry Shook of Shook Kelley, Inc. who will present on "Using Rail to Create Place and Economic Value" and finally, Nick Ruiz, Rail Planning Project Manager for Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation who will present on "TOD Visioning around the Richmond Staples Mill Station".
Non-Motorized Policies and Programs
December 15, 2020
On 12/15/2020, we were joined by Scott Goldstein, Deputy Director for Transportation with Smart Growth America and Policy Director for Transportation for America ( a program of Smart Growth America). Scott discussed the anticipated multimodal priorities of the Biden Administration and the national perspective on complete streets policy trends.
We were also joined by Lauren Blackburn and Kara Peach from the consulting firm VHB who provided study outcomes and recommendations from an FHWA project to support integrating multimodal projects into transportation plans while looking at how North Carolina compares to the states of Florida, Ohio and Virginia.
Additionally, Srinivas Pulugurtha and Suzanne Leland who are members of a research team from UNC-Charlotte, discussed results from a recent study to evaluate bicycle and pedestrian policies and practices among municipal, county and regional governments across North Carolina, as well as an evaluation of how NCDOT compares to a dozen other state DOTs.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Explosion in Covid
November 12, 2020
In the spring of 2020 with the initial impacts of COVID being felt across North Carolina (NC), increases in bicycling, e-bicycling, walking and running was commonly observed in communities throughout NC. By reaching out to industry and research professionals and using available data collection resources, we are able to acquire a deeper understanding of the current landscape of this form of mobility in the state.
In this session, you will hear from representatives of Strava Metro on bicycling in NC and a demonstration on their accessible online data acquired through its mobile app, NC State’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education on bicycling and pedestrian travel in NC comparing spring/summer 2019 to 2020 at multiple locations across the state, and eBike Central on the evolving e-bike industry and the role e-bikes can play in promoting active transportation.
The City of Wilson Microtransit Project with Via
October 21, 2020
On September 1, 2020, the City of Wilson and Via launched RIDE – a new microtransit service replacing the City’s fixed-route bus and on-demand transit system. On August 27, 2020, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded an Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) grant to the City of Wilson which will allow for expansion of the mictrotransit service area and operating hours. In this session, you will hear from representatives of the City of Wilson and their partner Via about how this project was developed and how it has performed in its first month and a half.
Transit Electrification Webinar
August 20, 2020