ARC Partnering with FHWA, FTA, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center for November 13 Webinar

ARC is proud to announce its upcoming participation in an exciting webinar on November 13, hosted jointly by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center as part of the Transportation Planning Information Exchange webinar series.

Entitled Effective Practices in Planning for Livable Communities at Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), the webinar will feature representatives of four major MPOs and will explore several innovative MPO programs that promote livability. The webinar is a follow-up to a 2010 peer exchange held in Atlanta.

The webinar will take place on November 13, 2012 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET. Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification maintenance (CM) credits.

Speakers will include:

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Registration is free, but space is limited. Once registered, participants will receive an email with instructions on how and where to access the web room. For general questions on livability or registration issues, please contact Shana Baker at or Andrew Breck at

Full Session Description:

In August 2010, staff from seven nationally recognized MPOs convened at ARC in Atlanta for a multi-day peer exchange on effective practices for MPOs in planning for livable communities. Also in attendance were representatives of transportation agencies at the federal and state levels as well as organizations involved in health and livability research and advocacy. The event was sponsored by the Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Program, which advances the state of the practice in multimodal transportation planning nationwide. TPCB is a joint initiative of FHWA and FTA. To further the emerging field of livability planning, peer exchange participants shared information on their experiences testing new methods, approaches, and strategies for integrating transportation and land use. Most of these efforts were tied to livability programs created by these MPOs. A report detailing the peer exchange is available online at

This webinar will follow up on the 2010 peer exchange and update participants on several of the livability programs highlighted during the 2010 event. Presenters from four of the MPOs that were part of the exchange—ARC, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (San Francisco Bay Area), the Capital District Transportation Committee (Albany, NY), and the North Central Texas Council of Governments (Dallas-Fort Worth)—will report on recent developments, implementation actions taken, and results achieved within their programs over the past two years that further the overall goal of transportation and land use integration. Speakers will provide new updates and answer participants’ questions on topics such as funding structure, planning process, project prioritization and selection, implementation, and evaluation in relation to their livability-focused programs.

The webinar will target seasoned, professional planners involved in transportation and land use, particularly those working for or partnering with MPOs and other regional planning agencies across the country. Webinar participants will come away from the session with new tools, information and ideas to help them implement livability programs at the regional level.

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