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May 2018

TIGER is now BUILD. Other changes you need to know.

May 18, 2018

USDOT has released its Notice of Funding Opportunity for the next round of TIGER grants, or should we say BUILD grants. Among the unexpected changes to the program this year is the rebranding: Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD). The biggest change with BUILD is an emphasis on raising new, non-federal revenue to support infrastructure investment in the region applying for funding. BUILD has $1.5 billion of funding to dole out this year, the largest sum since the program began in 2009.

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September 2018

Getting the staff you need, and keeping them: TDOT’s story

September 5, 2018

Today, most state transportation departments find themselves being pulled by two negative forces. First, they are being told to cut staff in order to demonstrate efficiency to the legislature and the public. Secondly, retaining stellar employees is strained by uncompetitive pay scales and competition from the private sector. The Tennessee Department of Transportation believes cutting staff is not necessarily an indicator of efficiency; in fact, it can have the opposite effect and did just that in their state. This webinar will take you through the environment that Commissioner John Schroer and Chief Financial Officer Joe Galbato faced in Tennessee, and more importantly, what they did to combat these forces. The path taken in Tennessee required strong support from the top such as Governor Bill Haslam’s legislation from 2012. We look forward to sharing their story with you.

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January 2019

Moving beyond LOS: The Pasadena story

January 25, 2019

The common practice of restricting infill development based on its impact on roadway level of service (LOS) has for decades depressed green, efficient compact development and induced energy-intensive, costly sprawl. Now many cities are moving to reform their land-use review process to lessen the emphasis on LOS, and instead to focus on system-wide impacts from development, as measured in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT). One of those cities – Pasadena, Calif. – pioneered the move away from LOS in 2015 and now has several years applying it to projects. (Spoiler alert: That experience is mostly good.) One of the heroes in that reform effort is Pasadena’s DOT director, Fred Dock. He joins us for a webinar that retraces Pasadena’s footsteps in developing the new policy and provides an evaluation based on three years of implementation.

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July 2019

Transportation project prioritization: Hear from Virginia and Hawaii

July 10, 2019

State DOTS are moving toward more transparent, data-driven, and multimodal project prioritization and SSTI invites agency leaders to join the effort. Virginia’s Smart Scale, effective since 2014, prioritizes transportation investments based on six key criteria and a transparent but evolving scoring process. Its goal, according to the agency, is picking the right transportation projects and ensuring the best use of limited tax dollars. The Hawaii DOT more recently piloted its SmartTRAC program and is now learning from that experience to formalize a similar program. SSTI will be reviewing these programs and others over the next year and will be recruiting advisors from interested DOTs and MPOs to ensure this work helps advance their own programs.

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February 2020

Webinar: Parking reform for 21st century communities: getting more out of public space

February 25, 2020

This webinar will explore how the reform of parking regulations can enhance our communities. A modern approach to parking policies, especially when integrated with form-based zoning standards, is helping cities create more walkable development and cut traffic, improve the public realm and housing affordability, and increase transportation equity.

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