Communication and Public Awareness

2014 COMPASS Education Series

2014 Topics, Speakers, and Schedule:

  • January 23 and 24, 2014. Assessing Programs and Project Benefits Across the Triple Bottom Line, by Gary McVoy, Parsons Brinckerhoff. Details below.
  • February 6 and 7, 2014. The Economics of Transportation, by Chandler Duncan, EDR Group. Details below.
  • May 8 and 9, 2014. Traveling Smarter: The Future of Transportation Technology in the Treasure Valley, Randy Knapick, IBI Group. Details below.

Presentations are free and open to the public. Please confirm your attendance when requested below. The presentations are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information and for new presentations as they develop throughout the year, please continue to visit this site.

COMPASS ofrece presentaciones públicas y capacitaciones concerniendo un número de temas. Estos son: el crecimiento, el uso de la tierra, la planificación de transporte, y la financiación. Los temas serán de apoyo al plan regional de transporte a largo plazo, Comunidades en Movimiento. Las presentaciones se puedan cambiar. Para obtener la información más reciente y para saber de presentaciones nuevas cuando se desarrollan, favor de visitar al sitio de COMPASS http://www.compassidaho.org/comm/publicevents.htm o llame al número 475-2229 o  mande un correo electrónico a aluft@compassidaho.org.

Those needing assistance may call 475-2229 with 48 hours advance notice. Personas que necesitan asistencia especial, favor de llamar al número 475-2229 con 48 horas de anticipación.

THURSDAY, MAY 8 AND FRIDAY, MAY 9, 2014
Randy Knapick (IBI Group)

May 8, 2014: Traveling Smarter: The Future of Transportation Technology in the Treasure Valley (Link to video)

Description:
The growing influence of information technology, big data, and real-time information are changing society’s expectations and attitudes towards transportation.  Meanwhile, population and transportation demand in the Treasure Valley are on the rise, but the region is struggling to keep pace with the level of transportation investment required to build conventional infrastructure.  Both locally and nationally, technology has been identified as a key strategy to meet the transportation needs of tomorrow.  This presentation will discuss specific opportunities to build a safer, smarter, and more reliable transportation network in the Treasure Valley, drawing upon emerging technology trends and recent regional planning efforts.  The presentation will make the case why active management of the transportation system using technology is increasingly important in the Treasure Valley. It will also discuss how the region can take advantage of emerging technologies to meet the region’s growing transportation needs.

Intended Audience:
This presentation is intended for a general audience.

May 9, 2014: Transportation System Management and Operations: Achieving the Vision in the Treasure Valley

Description:
Transportation and emergency management agencies in the Treasure Valley recently developed a new strategy to maximize the performance of the region’s multimodal transportation system.  Known as “Treasure Valley Transportation System: Operations, Management, and ITS,” this plan sets out a ten-year strategy to actively manage the transportation system through partnerships and technology.  In this workshop, Randy will discuss the region’s operational vision; make the case for why operations are increasingly relevant to the Treasure Valley; and describe the infrastructure, resource, and policy needs to achieve the vision.  Randy will discuss how professionals involved in the planning, funding, design, operations, and maintenance of the Treasure Valley’s transportation infrastructure can leverage operational strategies to address the region’s transportation needs and policy objectives.

Intended Audience:
This workshop is intended for planners, transportation professionals, emergency management personnel, project development specialists, and others working in related fields.

AICP CM credits have been approved for the May 9, 2014, presentation.

Randy Knapick:
Randy Knapick is a transportation planner and associate with IBI Group in Portland, Oregon. Randy works nationally and internationally on the development and implementation of innovative transportation strategies, in particular through the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technology, to promote better operations and management of the multi-modal transportation system.  Since 2012, Randy has worked with transportation and emergency management agencies in the Treasure Valley to improve transportation system management and operations. He is currently facilitating the launch of a new Treasure Valley Regional Operations Work Group to promote on-going coordination to achieve the vision of the Treasure Valley Transportation System: Operations, Management, and ITS plan.  Randy formerly served on the Transportation Research Board’s committee on Regional Transportation Systems Management and Operations. Randy has a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master’s degree in transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 AND FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2014
Chandler Duncan (EDR Group)

February 6, 2014: Moving Idaho’s Economy

February 6, 2014: Why Invest in Transportation? (Link to video)

Description:
Transportation investments are frequently described in terms of engineering performance measures and technical terms, often leaving decision makers wondering what is really at stake in transportation investment choices. This presentation focuses on the economics of transportation investment decisions by introducing the practical ways that transportation performance affects Idaho’s households and businesses. The presentation will show how household, private sector, and government costs are directly affected by how well the transportation system performs, as well as who benefits from transportation investments and why. The presentation will be designed to leave the viewer with a clear idea of the right questions to ask about a transportation investment, and how to both understand and explain to others what is at stake. Specific examples from Idaho and other states will be featured.

Intended Audience:
This presentation is intended for a general audience.

February 7, 2104: Using Economics in Everyday Transportation Planning

Description:
New MAP-21 requirements place more of an emphasis than ever before on performance based planning, and the ability to clearly quantify the performance value of transportation investments.  Furthermore, the fiscal constraints of today’s policy environment require planners, engineers, and analysts to be able to clearly document and explain priorities, choices, and decisions.  Economic benefit and impact models can be valuable tools for understanding the payoffs of transportation investments in mode-neutral terms and demonstrating the relative value of improvements in different performance areas. The presentation includes practical examples from Idaho and other states of how integrating economic analysis and information can be practical, add value to the planning activities, and be an important tool in working with decision makers and stakeholders.

Intended Audience:
This workshop is intended for transportation professionals and others working in related fields.

AICP CM credits have been approved for the February 7, 2014, presentation.

Chandler Duncan:
Chandler Duncan is a senior transportation economist at the Economic Development Research (EDR) Group. He has 18 years of experience in transportation planning, policy, and systems evaluation.  His skills include assessing transportation needs and investment requirements for states and metropolitan areas, quantifying the business and economic impacts of transportation investment choices, and involving the private sector in transportation planning. He has led multi-modal transportation investment management studies in eight states, as well as multiple national and international studies of the effects of transportation system performance on trade and economic development.  His recent projects include an economic “toolkit” for the Colorado Department of Transportation to prioritize investment choices, a study of the economic impacts of Utah’s Unified Plan, and a study for the American Society of Civil Engineers of the effects of US transportation conditions on America’s global economic competitiveness.  Prior to joining EDR Group, Mr. Duncan worked at Wilbur Smith Associates where he led statewide planning efforts for western states.  Prior to that served as an analyst in the US Navy, and as a staff planner both at the Minnesota Department of Transportation and the Charlotte/Mecklenburg metropolitan planning organization.  He holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as an undergraduate degree in public policy from North Carolina State University.

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 AND FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2014
Gary McVoy

January 23, 2014: Reducing Transportation to Dollars and Applying Common Sense (Link to video)

Description:
Transportation makes our way of life possible, but transportation investments bring with them a bewildering array of alternatives, costs, and benefits as they relate to our economy, our society, and our environment. As we try to forge consensus on how to allocate scarce funds, different people have different perspectives on the relative importance of considerations including mobility, safety, efficiency, environmental impacts, sense of community, and equity. Inevitably there are tradeoffs to be made between modes, alternatives, locations, and even between building new and maintaining existing assets. A new approach based on consideration of “dollar equivalent values” can provide a platform for an enriched conversation on the benefits and costs of alternative transportation investment scenarios over the long term. In this workshop, Dr. Gary McVoy will explain this concept and lead a discussion on how it could be used to help chart the way ahead for transportation in the Treasure Valley.

Intended Audience:
This presentation is intended for a general audience.

January 24, 2104: Using Benefit-Cost Analysis to Assess Net Benefits Across the “Triple Bottom Line”

Description:
Benefit- cost analysis (BCA) has proven to be an effective tool for arriving at clear, transparent, analytically based decisions to optimize transportation investments in mobility and safety using monetary terms as adjusted for the time value of money. However, environmental and social effects have typically not been monetized, and are typically not included in BCA analyses.  An extension of BCA that incorporates environmental, social, and economic concerns and includes the entire “Triple Bottom Line” (environmental, social, economic returns) in a transparent and analytical fashion using “dollar equivalents” has shown promise as a means to inform and enrich conversations on the relative advantages of alternative investments. In this workshop, Dr. Gary McVoy will explain how this concept could be used to help chart the way ahead for transportation in the Treasure Valley.

Intended Audience:
This workshop is intended for transportation professionals and others working in related fields.

AICP Credits have been approved for the January 24, 2014, presentation.

Gary McVoy:
Dr. Gary McVoy is the Transportation Vice President for Sustainability and Climate at Parsons Brinckerhoff in Washington, DC. Dr. McVoy holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Yale University and has been an industry leader and author of books, papers, and presentations on a range of topics including computer modeling, expert systems, asset management, environmental stewardship, maintenance management, and sustainability.  Prior to working at Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dr. McVoy was employed at the New York State Department of Transportation where he served as the Director of Operations and Maintenance and Environmental Director. Dr. McVoy is a founding board member for the AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence and is the research coordinator for the Standing Committee on Environment. His work has been repeatedly recognized for "Exemplary Service in Furthering Transportation and the Environment."