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Wednesday, June 28 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Supporting Active Transportation through Innovative Partnerships at the State and Local Level

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Two presentations will take place during this session.

The Unlikely but Natural Partnership: the Ohio Departments of Health and Transportation (Alia Anderson): State departments that typically work in isolation from each other often miss an opportunity to achieve mutual goals and have a greater impact.  Almost by accident, and perhaps starting with the first Safe Routes to School Project, the Ohio departments of Health and Transportation forged a partnership to promote active transportation in localities and on state roads as the norm.  Over time the partnership grew into a more formalized system, as they work to promote active transportation locally, supported by state-level policies.   Each department brings its own set of expertise and resources to the table -  the health departments' keen eye on programs that bring better public health outcomes matches the transportation department's focus on planning and building multi-modal, connected streets. Together, they developed a statewide active transportation action plan, are about to launch a statewide safety campaign, jointly publish a newsletter, and have a system for taking the lead on complementary projects.  This session will present the shared and individual goals and approaches for each department, as well as a brief history of the partnership, how they learned to "talk the same language" and what they expect going forward.

Partnering for Sustainable School Transportation: The Arlington Experience (James Elliott):  Public school enrollment in Arlington County, Virginia is projected to increase by approximately 45% between 2016 and 2025; however, there is little space in this urbanized county for building new schools and no ability to expand traffic clogged roadways. As a result, all new school construction and expansion projects must go on existing school sites in established neighborhoods where there is intense concern about traffic impacts, safety, and livibility. To address these concerns, Arlington Public Schools has formed a unique partnership with Arlington County and Arlington Transportation Partners, a county-funded organization that consults with local business on ways to encourage employees to walk, bike, carpool, and use public transit for work trips. The partnership has resulted in an integrated, multi-modal approach to new school construction and expansion projects, a first-in-the-nation district-wide transportation demand management (TDM) plan called APS GO!, a comprehensive Safe Routes to School program involving every school in the district, and robust outreach and incentive programs for school district employees. This session will explore the nature of this partnership, how and why it was formed, and significant milestones such as APS GO.


Alia Anderson

Director of Planning, Mid-Atlantic Region, Toole Design Group
Alia Anderson has worked for nearly 15 years at the intersection of transportation, land use, and community planning. As Toole Design Group's (TDG) Regional Director of Planning, Alia works with local governments, developers, metropolitan planning organizations, transit agencies... Read More →

James Elliott

Senior Planner, Toole Design Group
Jim Elliott is Senior Transportation Planner for Toole Design Group who specializes in school transportation. He has worked with dozens of schools and school districts across the country to develop Safe Route School travel plans and serves as an expert subconsultant for the National... Read More →

Wednesday June 28, 2017 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Continental Ballroom (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

Attendees (12)