Meeting Archive:
Transit Corridors for Sustainable Communities: Planning Transit to Connect the Dots

Meeting Description:
The demand for transit across the US is growing, and so has the need to understand how planning a transit corridor can result in not only successful transportation outcomes but also successful land use and equity outcomes.

This session will begin with a discussion of the different types of transit corridors and how what they connect can have significant implications for land uses, ridership, and the potential for development after the transit is built. This will include examples of these different corridor types and a discussion of how transit and land use have interacted in a few regions.

Participants will learn how planners in a small town in Colorado are making the transition from thinking about making a successful transit system to ensuring that the system is integrated into community life and is making inter-agency connections. The session will conclude with an overview of the innovative tools being used in a joint planning process between city staff in Tigard, OR and the regional planning agency to direct growth alongside a high capacity transit planning project in the city. 
Date: Tue, Aug 23, 2011
Time: 03:30 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Smart Growth America, PolicyLink, Reconnecting America, and the National Housing Conference
 Presenter Information
Dena Belzer
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Dena Belzer is the founder and president of Strategic Economics. She has over 25 years experience working on economic issues ranging in scale from regional growth management to individual development projects. Ms. Belzer specializes in retail and neighborhood revitalization, transit-oriented development, and economic development. She has numerous publications and has served on many U.S. EPA Smart Growth technical assistance projects, Mayors Institutes for City Design, and ULI Advisory Panels. Ms. Belzer is also the president of the Board of Directors for Community Economics Inc., a non-profit organization specializing in affordable housing finance. She received a Master in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley, and a B.A. in Psychology from Pitzer College. 

Crista Gardner
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Crista Gardner is Senior Transportation Planner for Metro. She has over ten years of experience with transportation and land use planning, GIS analysis, public involvement, and project management. Crista is the Co-Project Manager of the Tigard HCT Land Use Plan, a part of the Southwest Corridor Project, and was the Deputy Project Manager for the High Capacity Transit System Plan. Before joining Metro in 2007, she focused on land use planning and project management of concept plans and transit oriented land use plans at Otak and Fregonese Associates. She also has planned for transit, bicycle, and pedestrian connections at TriMet and the City of Portland, and organized numerous town elections and public workshops as a municipal development volunteer for Peace Corps Guatemala.

David Johnson
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My entire career has been devoted to transit planning, primarily in the mountain regions of Colorado. I starting out as an intern with Federal Transit Administration Region 8, in Denver, from 1996 to 2000. I graduated from UC-Denver in 1997 with a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.  From 2001-2009, I served as the transit planner for Eagle County, Colorado, which provides fixed route and paratransit to the Eagle River Valley (Eagle and Lake Counties). In 2009, I became the Director of Planning for the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), serving the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys, which include Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin Counties.

RFTA recently received a $25 million Very Small Starts grant to construct the $46 million VelociRFTA BRT system, touted as the nation’s first rural BRT. Construction will begin in the spring of next year, with operation commencing in September 2013.