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US ACCESS BOARD ANSWERS ACCESSIBLE PUBLIC RIGHTS-OF-WAY QS
-> Get answers to questions related to access to sidewalks and street crossings, pedestrian signals, on-street parking, roundabouts, transit stops and other components of public rights-of-way as well as shared use paths. US Access Board Accessibility Specialists will answer questions submitted in advance or during a June 6 live webinar (see Webinar section for details) and offer guidance, solutions, and best practices based on guidelines the Board proposed for public rights-of-way: 2011 "Proposed Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way" http://bit.ly/2VpS8sm

PED ACCOMMODATION IN WORK ZONES - A FIELD GUIDE
-> Minnesota LTAP reported that the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Work Zone Safety Consortium published a 20-page guide identifies common issues that field personnel should check for and correct when working on or near sidewalks or walking paths. The issues in the guide are categorized according to the type of pedestrian accommodation that the work activity requires: 1) Working near the sidewalk or walking path but the sidewalk/path remains open. 2) Diverting the sidewalk or path around the workspace. and 3) Temporarily closing the sidewalk or path and detouring pedestrians to an alternate existing sidewalk or path. "Pedestrian Accommodation in Work Zones -- A Field Guide" http://bit.ly/2LKwIGX

MOTOR VEHICLE SPEED AS A RISK FACTOR IN PED SAFETY
-> The Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) released a research brief that identifies trends in speeding-related crashes. This report summaries some of the findings from recent National Transportation Safety Board and the Governors Highway Safety Administration reports and focuses on the effect speeding vehicles have on pedestrian safety. "Motor Vehicle Speed as a Risk Factor in Pedestrian Safety" http://bit.ly/2W3xp1M

STRATEGIES FOR ADVANCING TRANSPORTATION EQUITY
-> Minnesota LTAP reported some Minnesotans face disparities and barriers in their ability to reach destinations. According to new University of MN research, efforts to improve transportation equity need to focus on societal inequities as well as the transportation barriers that affect specific communities and population groups. "Advancing Transportation Equity: Strategies for Reducing Transportation Disparities" http://bit.ly/2LIdykN

NATIONAL BIKE MONTH RESOURCES
-> The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) reported May is National Bike Month. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling -- and encourage more folks to giving biking a try. LAB provides resources to help you plan an event in your area. Download their a step-by-step guide will help you in creating a successful Bike Month event in your organization, workplace, city, or state. (National Bike Month Guide: Ideas, Strategies and Resources to Organize in Your Community: http://bit.ly/2LSo3lU) Check out links to other resources: http://bit.ly/2LK9m45

GUIDE TO DATA FOR TRANSPORTATION PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT
-> The Transportation Research Board released a report that provides practical guidance to transportation agencies to help improve their use of data for performance management. (Management and Use of Data for Transportation Performance Management: Guide for Practitioners: http://bit.ly/2LLaO6c) The guidance is organized around six data life-cycle stages and includes a discussion of what is involved in implementing each step and some of the critical choices to be made; a synthesis of key points in the form of "Dos and Don'ts;" checklists that can be used to assess agency capabilities and identify opportunities for improvement; and illustrative examples. This report is accompanied by another report, Developing National Performance Management Data Strategies to Address Data Gaps, Standards, and Quality: Final Research Report (http://bit.ly/2LFXUqd).

TRANSIT SERVICE EVALUATION STANDARDS
-> The Transportation Research Board released a report that provides an overview of the purpose, use, and application of performance measures, service evaluation standards, and data collection methods at North American transit agencies. It addresses the service evaluation process, from the selection of appropriate metrics through development of service evaluation standards and data collection and analysis to the identification of actions to improve service and implementation. The report also documents effective practices in the development and use of service evaluation standards. It includes an analysis of the state of the practice of the service evaluation process in agencies of different sizes, geographic locations, and modes. "Transit Service Evaluation Standards" http://bit.ly/2YdwhGb

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SUSTAINABILITY PERFORMANCE MEASURES
-> The Transportation Research Board released a practical tool to help transit agencies of all sizes develop and use social and economic sustainability performance measures to plan, evaluate, and report on social and economic sustainability. (Social and Economic Sustainability Performance Measures for Public Transportation: http://bit.ly/2LEChGz) This tool complements the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Recommended Practice for Social and Economic Sustainability for Transit Agencies (2018). APTA's Recommended Practice provides a framework for approaching economic and social sustainability, along with an overview of recommended practices; however, the document does not include performance measures, which are a key component to reporting progress and gauging success. A companion Excel workbook (https://bit.ly/2E7AFPK) can be used by transit agencies to develop their own initial list of performance measures. The workbook includes 606 social and economic sustainability performance measures, as well as 93 transit service performance measures.

SITE SELECTORS & TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE COMPETITIVENESS
-> The Transportation Research Board released a recording of a presentation that examines the site selection process for the siting of facilities, including retail, office, industrial, and other businesses. For businesses and the private sector in a global economy, the site selection process may involve a selection from thousands of potential locations. The presenters explore how site selectors evaluate a community's transportation infrastructure. They also discuss how transportation infrastructure may be among the factors that prevent a community from being eliminated from consideration during the site selection process. "How Do Site Selectors Determine a Community's Transportation Infrastructure Competitiveness?" (Includes slides): http://bit.ly/2Vo91DV