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FHWA PERFORMANCE-BASED PLANNING GUIDE FOR LONG RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLANS

-> According to an Oct. 20th State Smart Transportation Initiative article, "Performance-based planning and programming (PBPP) has become a focus in the transportation community, as transportation agencies around the country work to ensure that scarce resources are used effectively and transparently to achieve desired agency, regional, state, and national goals. PBPP refers to the application of performance management principles within the planning and programming processes of transportation agencies. PBPP is a data-driven, strategic approach, providing for public and stakeholder involvement and accountability, in order to make investment and policy decisions to attain desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system.

"A performance-based plan sets the foundation of goals, objectives, performance measures, and targets that support decisions for long-range investments and policies, and guides programming, as well as shorter-range decisions that move toward achievement of desired system performance outcomes. This document identifies key components present in a ‘model’ transportation plan, as well as process elements that are necessary to reflect the priorities of the community and support attainment of desired performance outcomes for the multimodal transportation system

"This Guidebook (Model Long Range Transportation Plans: A Guide for Incorporating Performance-Based Planning: http://1.usa.gov/1DzG0Hg) informs state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and regional transportation planning organizations, as well as their planning partners such as transit agencies, local governments, and Federal agencies, about effective practices for incorporating performance-based planning into the development of a long range transportation plan."

Source: http://bit.ly/1x7ZFtT
Title & Author: "Model Long Range Transportation Plans: A Guide for Incorporating Performance-Based Planning (Federal Highway Administration, 2014)" by Staff

MILLENNIALS’ CHANGING TRAVEL HABITS & PUBLIC POLICY IMPLICATIONS

-> According to the executive summary of the "Millennials in Motion" report released this month, "[S]everal indicators—including continued decreases in per-capita driving across the whole U.S. population, the continued shift away from the use of cars for commuting by Millennials, and the consistency of Millennials’ stated preferences for housing and transportation—suggest that it is unlikely that the trend toward less driving among Millennials during the 2000s has reversed thus far in the current decade.

"Moreover, many of the factors that have contributed to the recent decline in driving among young Americans appear likely to last. Now is the time for the nation’s transportation policies to acknowledge, accommodate and support Millennials’ demands for a greater array of transportation choices..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1osmiKs
Title & Author: "Millennials in Motion: Changing Travel Habits of Young Americans and the Implications for Public Policy" by Tony Dutzik, Jeff Inglis, and Phineas Baxandall

PUBLIC HEALTH CAREERS GUIDEBOOK

-> According to an Oct. 13th email from Teresa Mullins, Public Health Online Communications & Outreach Manager, "PublicHealthOnline.org has created an in-depth guidebook for anyone seeking detailed information and data on careers in public health (A Guide to Public Health Careers: Industries and Sectors that Attract Public Health Professionals: http://bit.ly/1t75clg). This new resource includes a detailed breakdown of the public health career landscape, as well as common specializations, industries and companies that attract public health professionals, and interviews with people currently working in the field.

CAREER CHOICES OF FEMALE ENGINEERS

-> According to an Oct. 18th Transportation Research Board blurb, "The National Research Council and the National Academy of Engineering have released a summary of a workshop that took place on April 24, 2013 that explored emerging research, career pathways, and outcomes for women who have received bachelor's degrees in engineering (Career Choices of Female Engineers: A Summary of a Workshop: http://bit.ly/1tal7QV) ..."

Source: http://bit.ly/10lcneR
Title & Author: "Career Choices of Female Engineers: A Summary of a Workshop" by Staff

AARP LIVABILITY FACT SHEET SERIES

-> According to the October FHWA's Fostering Livable Communities Newsletter, "AARP Livable Communities has partnered with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute to create the AARP Livability Fact Sheet series, a package of comprehensive, easy-to-read livability resources (http://bit.ly/1vTfVSE). The fact sheets can be used by community leaders, policy makers, transportation planners, citizen activists, and others to learn what makes a city, town, or neighborhood a great place for people of all ages...

"Each fact sheet in the 11-part series is a four-page PDF document that can be read online or printed and distributed... Each fact sheet follows the same structure: introduce the subject; address and resolve any myths and misconceptions; and then provide relevant advice, tips, and success stories...

"The series covers the following topics: Bicycling, Density, Economic Development, Form-Based Code, Modern Roundabouts, Parking, Revitalization Without, Road Diets, Sidewalks, Street Trees, Traffic Calming."

Source: http://1.usa.gov/1nwROWQ
Title & Author: "AARP Livability Fact Sheets Simplify the Components of Age-Friendly Communities" by Melissa Stanton

INTEGRATING SAFE WALKING & BIKING TO SCHOOL INTO COMP PLANNING

-> According to a recent National Center and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership media release, "Many roads, schools, and neighborhoods in communities across the country have developed in ways that make it difficult or unsafe for children to get to school by foot or bicycle. One key way that communities go about determining how they want to change and develop in the future is through a process known as comprehensive planning. This informational brief (Integrating Safe Walking and Bicycling to School into Comprehensive Planning: http://bit.ly/1wtbGvK) describes how integrating Safe Routes to School considerations into comprehensive planning can help define the local government’s role in supporting safe walking and bicycling to school..."

Source: http://bit.ly/1rd4OgF
Title & Author: "The National Center and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership Release Informational Brief on the Role of the Comprehensive Plan" by Staff

[See also October 29th webinar on this topic in the Webinar section]

WALK 21 CONFERENCE SESSION ABSTRACTS

-> Couldn’t get to Sidney, Australia for the Walk 21 conference this week? Check out the abstracts for the sessions: October 21 (http://bit.ly/1FAlpVm), October 22 (http://bit.ly/1yX0KZR), and October 23 (http://bit.ly/1tcBnQ1). Follow the action on Twitter: @w21conferences, #walk21sydney.

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