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Equity in Transportation

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This session will highlight how transportation professionals are considering and trying to improve equity in transportation. From transportation system management and operations to sidewalk gaps, presentations will feature tools to consider equity and improve transportation options at the same time. This includes ways to involve the community in projects and ensuring public involvement in the transportation decision-making process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss how public involvement in transportation decisions is important to equity.
  • Provide ways to incorporate equity considerations in to a transportation project.
  • Identify ways to consider creating more equitable communities through transportation.

Moderator: Keith Hall, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP, Principal Associate, Colliers Engineering & Design

Presentation Titles & Speakers:
  • “Equity in TSMO Planning”, Briana Calhoun, Senior Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers, Beaverton, Oregon and Caleb Winter, Program Manager, Metro, Portland, Oregon
  • Planning for the Future in Lane County with an Equity Lens using Big Data”, Kelly White, DKS Associates, Spokane Valley, Washington
  • Evaluating Success: Equity and Automated Speed Enforcement around the United States”, Taylor Whitaker, Fehr & Peers, San Jose, California
  • “Maximizing the Promise of Modern Public Involvement”, Julia Colman, P.E., Transportation Engineer, Alliance Transportation Group, Inc., Austin, Texas and Adam Nodjomian, EIT, Transportation Analyst, Alliance Transportation Group, Austin, Texas
  • “Bringing Equity to Infrastructure Investments- Sidewalks Case Study”, Ramandeep Josen, Asset Management Specialist, Stantec, Burlington, Massachusetts

Contributors

  • Moderator: Keith Hall, P.E., PTOE, LEED AP, Principal Associate, Colliers Engineering & Design

  • Briana Calhoun, Senior Transportation Planner, Fehr & Peers, Beaverton, Oregon

    Briana Calhoun is a senior transportation planner with experience on transportation projects throughout Oregon and Washington. She holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and has research interests in equity planning for transportation projects, new mobility technology implementation, and systemic safety applications. Her most recent work includes an analysis of emerging technology suitability in the Portland metro region and how these new modes of transportation can meet the needs of historically marginalized communities.

  • Julia Colman, P.E., Transportation Engineer, Alliance Transportation Group, Inc., Austin, Texas

    Julia Colman, P.E. is a Transportation Engineer with Alliance Transportation Group (ATG) in Austin, TX. In this role, she provides professional engineering services for the development of traffic impact analyses, corridor analyses, circulation plans, signal warrant studies, intersection and transportation system operation analyses, bicycle and pedestrian assessments, and roadway schematics.
    She has served as deputy project manager for multi-million dollar schematic design and environmental clearance projects in Texas. She has performed VISSIM microsimulation on multiple major highway corridors including I-35 (Austin), I-410 (San Antonio), SH 71 (Austin), I-35E (Dallas), I-635 (Dallas) and US 59/69 (Houston). She also has developed traffic projections for these analyses using a variety of data and methodologies. Julia is experienced in data analysis including review and application of historical traffic data, demographic data, travel demand models, and local knowledge of the facilities.
    Additionally, she has analyzed innovative solutions such as continuous flow intersections, diverging diamond interchanges, and active traffic management strategies using a variety of tools including VISSIM, Synchro, SIDRA, HCS, and FHWA CAP-X.

  • Adam Nodjomian, EIT, Transportation Analyst, Alliance Transportation Group, Austin, Texas

    Adam Nodjomian, P.E. is a Transportation Engineer with Alliance Transportation Group (ATG) in Austin, TX. He has worked on a variety of projects for public and private clients. Adam has experience developing traffic volume forecast methodologies and estimating future traffic demand, analyzing existing and future multimodal operations on a variety of transportation facilities, performing traffic impact analyses for varying residential and commercial land uses, analyzing crash records to identify patterns using data analysis and geospatial tools, and developing 3D visualizations of proposed improvements with realistic traffic and surrounding environments for use in stakeholder engagement and public involvement activities
    As internal deputy project manager, he has managed design, environmental, public involvement, traffic analysis, and survey tasks and subconsultants on multi-million dollar schematic design and environmental clearance projects in Texas.
    Adam previously served as President of the UT Austin ITE student chapter and now is chair of the STEM committee in the Capital Area Section and a member of ITE International’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In his free time, Adam enjoys camping in Texas parks, partaking in transit tourism, and exploring Austin with his dog, Minnie and partner, Aaron.

  • Taylor Whitaker, Fehr & Peers, San Jose, California

    Taylor Whitaker joined Fehr & Peers’ San Jose office in 2018 after completing her master’s degree in Regional and Community Planning. She has experience in special analysis, multimodal transportation plans, transit planning, urban design, environmental planning, roadway design, master planning, and 3D visualization. Her current areas of focus at Fehr & Peers are the development and delivery of data dashboards, GIS analyses, and high-quality visuals that clearly communicate the concepts and outcomes associated with active transportation and safety projects. Additionally, she has developed expertise in transportation impact analysis, spatial analysis, data visualization and 3D modeling.

  • Kelly White, DKS Associates, Spokane Valley, Washington

    Kelly White is a Transportation Planning and Engineering Associate at DKS Associates working out of Spokane Valley, Washington. She graduated with her Master's in Civil Engineering from Portland State University, where she learned how integrated transportation is with the health, equity, and livability of a community. Kelly works with the Operations and Planning groups at DKS, developing strategic TSMO and ITS Planning documents tailored to the needs of a diverse set of communities and collaborating with jurisdictions to conduct short and long range planning studies that prioritize equity in long term transportation investments. She values the importance of continuous learning and exploring the intersections of different disciplines and their relationships to the transportation system.

  • Caleb Winter, Program Manager, Metro, Portland, Oregon

    Caleb Winter is a Senior Transportation Planner for Metro, the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the greater Portland, Oregon region. Seeing the high costs of an imbalanced transportation system with dependence on privately owned vehicles, he focused his career on finding efficient and sustainable travel for all. Starting with Transportation Demand Management in 1996, he expanded his work with Transportation System Management and Operations in 2014. His work includes partnership with community based organizations to increase transportation options, and convening transportation system engineers to deploy connected vehicle traveler information and next generation Transit Signal Priority. Caleb leads the region's 10-year implementation strategy that brings together regional policy to advance racial equity, improve travel-time reliability, reduce climate-changing emissions and operate safely through collaboration and new technology.

  • Ramandeep Josen, Asset Management Specialist, Stantec, Burlington, Massachusetts

    Ramandeep Josen assists municipalities with understanding their infrastructure networks—primarily surface infrastructure such as pavements, sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, and signs. His responsibilities are to locate the assets, determine their condition, and provide the client with an understanding of budget requirements for maintenance or improvements. Ramandeep’s specialty? Applying prioritization algorithms to capital planning—with these insights he can output optimal projects based on safety, traffic volumes, asset conditions, proximity to important places, and equity.

July 28, 2021
Wed 11:00 AM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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