Participants in the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC) RideECO commuter benefit program can now use their benefit debit cards to pay for uberPOOL rides. RideECO allows employers and commuters to save by putting pre-tax dollars towards fares on public transportation and vanpools. Currently, nearly 500 employers and 10,000 employees participate in the program. The inclusion of uberPOOL in the benefit program will open the program to new users and allow current users to extend the reach of their commute.
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) created a video highlighting last year’s regional accomplishments in transportation for their Board of Directors retreat. SANDAG either completed or began construction on 23 projects in 2016, including their Mid-Coat Trolley extension.
USDOT designated the San Diego region as one of their ten proving grounds for autonomous vehicles. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Caltrans, and the City of Chula Vista jointly submitted the application with support from several auto manufactures and technology companies. SANDAG’s region is the only proving ground to incorporate a state/regional/local/private partnership. USDOT designated proving grounds will offer opportunities for sharing information and developing best practices concerning the safe deployment of autonomous vehicles.
On October 4-5, 2016 the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) co-hosted a climate resilience and planning peer exchange with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Staff from several MPOs, state DOTs, and public and private organizations gathered together to share best practices for climate resilience. Staff also provided guidance to FHWA on what resources would be helpful in addressing climate risks to fulfill the FAST Act requirements for integrating resilience into the planning process. FHWA’s report on this peer exchange includes summaries of the presentations, discussion take-aways, and FHWA next steps. Other MPOs who participated include Broward MPO, Hillsborough County MPO, North Central Texas Council of Governments, and Puget Sound Regional Council.
This promotional video showcases the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments’ (SEMCOG) role in creating a link between local governments throughout Southeast Michigan. This video is the first installment of a series that highlights SEMCOG communities in pursuit of regional goals. Upcoming videos will focus on making the region safe and accessible, collaborating for regional success, the value of SEMCOG membership, and what individuals can do to help solve regional issues.
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for 2015. This certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative announced the second round of Every Body Walk! Micro Grant awardees. The micro grant program provides funds that support grassroots efforts aimed at getting communities walking and creating more safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. With support from partners, including WalkBoston, American College of Sports Medicine, and the TransitCenter, 22 projects will be supported in 2017. The Greater Portland Council of Governments in Portland, Maine was selected to do their public service fund project.
Portland is Maine’s largest and most diverse city – home to 66,000 people including a sizeable immigrant and refugee community. In 2015, Portland Public Schools began partnering with the local public transit provider, switching high schoolers from yellow busses to public busses. This project will maximize and sustain the benefits of student transit use by engaging youth as planners and civic leaders. Led by the Public Health in Transportation Coalition – a group of…
The White House Domestic Policy Council and Office of Science and Technology Policy convened its first-ever Electric Vehicle (EV) Datathon. This event, held in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and four of its National Laboratories brought together EV experts, charging-station providers, cities and states, automakers, and the software-development and data-analysis communities.
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) Transportation Systems and Funding Director Thea Walsh met with other experts from around the country at the White House to explore EV best practices and how data collection and management can inform efforts to deploy EVs in growing regions. “It was truly an honor to represent MORPC and our members in this important meeting at the White House,” Walsh said. “I was there to share our collaborative transportation planning efforts with Smart Columbus and that our growing region prepares itself for Electric Vehicle infrastructure projects.”
This week, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) held their annual Board Retreat in conjunction with a Federal Highway Administration workshop on megaregions. The-two day event brought together local, state, and federal transportation experts to explore how to work together on a megaregion level. Day one featured national megaregions expert and director of the Georgia Tech Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development Dr. Catherine Ross and speakers ranging from the Secretary of PennDOT to a senior research associate from the American Transportation Research Institute. Speakers focused on how the Mid-Atlantic megaregion can collaborate, with in-depth discussions relating to freight activities. The second day included panels with NARC member Executive Directors from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Mid-America Regional Council, and North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. FHWA is hosting workshops like this around the country to spur conversations on megaregions and transportation planning coordination.