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Register Now for #TIC17 to Lock in Early Bird Rate!March 22, 2017
In This Issue …
- Register Now for #TIC17 in Seattle WA (May 21-23)!
- Upcoming Webinars
Register Now for #TIC17 in Seattle, WA (May 21-23)!
The 2017 Transit Initiatives and Communities Conference in Seattle, WA, is fast-approaching! The TIC Conference is the only national conference exclusively devoted to understanding transportation ballot measures and providing concrete advice on how to win. This year, TIC travels to Seattle, WA, a city with a rich history of local investment in public transportation.
To highlight the success of transit investment in Seattle, we asked Jonathan Hopkins, Executive Director of Commute Seattle, to tell us about the city’s innovative approach to transportation and how it has kept pace with the region’s astounding growth. Check out his article here.
Sign up now for #TIC17 to lock in your early bird discount! Visit our conference page to learn more about TIC, check out our preliminary program, and register.
Don’t Miss our Upcoming Webinars!
The Transit-Walkability Collaborative – An Inter-Modal Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods
Tuesday, April 18th
11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern
In February, nine organizations announced the formation of the Transit-Walkability Collaborative (TWC) and signed on to a shared Statement of Purpose. Consisting of local, statewide, and national walkability and transit advocacy groups, the TWC exists to promote the benefits of walkable, transit-rich communities; to bring together transit and walkability advocates at the local, state, and national level; and to identify and implement programs and policies that simultaneously expand walkability and transit services in communities across the U.S.
This webinar will include presentations and discussion from several members of the TWC, the release of a Fact Sheet providing critical data to support walkability and transit advocacy, and the launch of a National Survey designed to collect information about existing local collaborations. It will start with an overview of the research evidence for the health, safety, and economic/equity benefits of walkable, transit-rich communities by Todd Litman, Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Jason Jordan (Center for Transportation Excellence), Marnie Primmer (National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates) and Ian Thomas (America Walks) will present some of the fundamentals of public transit and walkability advocacy, respectively, and demonstrate why there is such a powerful synergy between these two modes of transportation. Finally, Jim Stone, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego, will discuss his recent study of Transit-Oriented Development that identified effective policy strategies for improving walkability and transit service.
Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity to ask questions about the collaborative effort and how to get involved.
Participants: Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute; Jason Jordan, Center for Transportation Excellence; Marnie Primmer, National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates; Ian Thomas, America Walks; Jim Stone, Circulate San Diego
Transportation at the Ballot Box: Tracking and Explaining Success
Thursday, April 20
11:00 am Pacific/2:00 pm Eastern
In an era of declining infrastructure coupled with limited resources for transportation spending, local and state governments are turning to the ballot box to fund transportation measures. The ballot box can be an effective way to increase funding to create more livable communities through transportation. In 2016, with over $250 billion at stake, voters approved approximately 70% of measures. While it is easy to describe anecdotes to illustrate success stories of local ballot measures, tracking success across the country is challenging. The Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE) has been tracking transit measures across the country since 2000. In 2016, the Eno Center for Transportation released a comprehensive Transportation Ballot Measures database covering all types of transportation across the country for the 2016 election. The Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon recently built a comprehensive database of transportation ballot measures in California, Oregon and Washington covering 2005-2015. On Thursday, April 20 at 2 PM EDT/11 AM PDT, these organizations will team up for a webinar to discuss lessons learned from building databases to track transportation ballot measures and describe characteristics of successful measures.
Participants: Rob Puentes, Eno Center for Transportation; Rebecca Lewis, Sustainable Cities Initiative, University of Oregon; Kirsten Holland, Center for Transportation Excellence