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In 2017-2018, leaders from regional planning agencies in Massachusetts — along with transportation, civic and business leaders from across the state — are participating in a new training academy focused on performance measures. 

Performance measurement is the practice of more carefully measuring and quantifying the multiple benefits of transportation spending decisions to ensure that every dollar is aligned with the public’s goals and brings the greatest return possible for residents.

The Massachusetts Transportation Leadership Academy will educate teams made up of local business, civic, elected leaders, and transportation professionals, prepare them to act on opportunities within their regions, and plug them into a dynamic national network of leaders throughout the country.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity in partnership with Transportation for America and the Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies, with support from the Barr Foundation.

The academy consists of in-person workshops, ongoing technical assistance throughout the year, regular online training sessions, and expert analysis of their plans and progress on deploying performance measures. During the academy participants will:

  • Develop performance measures that fit and match their agency’s size and capabilities.
  • Discover how performance measures can be applied at different stages of the planning, project development, or construction process.
  • Explores how RPAs promote future-ready transportation, and interact with federal and state agencies and transit operators to define their critical role in shaping local transportation decisions.
  • Design metrics for community goals that address topics such as health, access, and equity.
  • Improve their public engagement process and how to talk to skeptics about performance measures.
  • Discover ways in which social equity and access to opportunity can be incorporated into their work.
  • Focus on greenhouse gas emissions and the environment.

The Academy will be hosted at Clark University in Worcester. In-person workshops are planned for...

  • October 10, 2017: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • November 14, 2017: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • December 12, 2017: 11:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • February 13, 2018: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • March 13, 2018: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Webinar 1: January 24, 2018, 4:00 - 5:00 PM
  • Webinar 2: March 6, 2018, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

Workshop 1: October 10, 2017

Download presentations by Chris Dempsey | Beth Osborne, Harlan Miller

Instructors:

  • Beth Osborne, Transportation for America (T4America)
  • Harlan Miller, Federal Highway Administration

Workshop Learning Objectives:

T4America will work with Massachusetts’s leaders to develop a shared understanding on:

  • How the transportation program evolved through the use of performance measures
  • What this means at the RPA level and how it can influence project selection, the planning process, and define successful outcomes
  • Get an overview of the requirements in MAP-21 and the FAST Act, and an update on the US DOT rule-making process, including proposed and final rules
  • Review requirements regarding both highways and transit.

Workshop Agenda

11:00 AM Transportation Leadership Academy Welcome and Introductions; review of participants transportation experience and challenges. Speaker: Beth Osborne, T4America 

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Why use Performance Measures? A History of the Transportation Program - Discover how the transportation program evolved through the use of performance measures. Learn what this means at the RPA level and how it can influence project selection, the planning process, and define successful outcomes. Speaker: Beth Osborne, Transportation for America

2:00 PM Background: Understanding Federal Requirements & Rules. This session will include an overview of the requirements in MAP-21 and the FAST Act, and an update on the US DOT rule-making process, including proposed and final rules. The group will review requirements regarding both highways and transit. Speaker: Harlan Miller, FHWA

3:00 PM conclusion


Workshop 1 Recap Webinar

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Workshop 2: November 14, 2017

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Instructors:

  • Beth Osborne, Transportation for America
  • Eric Sundquist, State Smart Transportation Initiative
  • Dan Marckel, Metropolitan Council, Twin Cities, MN
  • Rafael Mares, Conservation Law Foundation

Workshop Learning Objectives:

Transportation for America will work with Massachusetts leaders to develop a shared understanding on:

  • How to review projects and understand if your investments will pay for themselves,
  • Identify tools for evaluating the economic benefits from transportation projects,
  • Discuss how to develop performance measures to address topics such as health, access, and equity
  • Learn ways in which social equity and access to opportunity may be incorporated into your work,
  • Discover how the Metropolitan Council incorporated equity into transportation planning,
  • Understand ways that environmental goals can be incorporated into performance measures and
  • Learn about the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act.

Workshop Agenda

11:00 AM Measuring the Economic Impact of Transportation Investments Undergo a review of the suggested economic measures. Learn how to review projects and understand if your investments will pay for themselves. Identify tools for evaluating the economic benefits from transportation projects. Speaker: Beth Osborne, Transportation for America 

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Beyond MAP-21: Measures that Focus on Your Community Designing metrics for community goals. View examples from around the country and discuss how to develop performance measures to address topics such as health, access, and equity. This session will also cover the FAST Act. Speaker: Eric Sundquist, State Smart Transportation Initiative

2:00 PM Social Equity & Access to Opportunity What does social equity and access to opportunity mean? Discover ways in which social equity and access to opportunity may be incorporated into your work. Learn how Metropolitan Council incorporated equity into transportation planning. Speaker: Dan Marckel, Metropolitan Council, Twin Cities, MN

3:00 PM Greenhouse Gas Emissions What are ways that environmental goals can be incorporated into performance measures? This session will also cover the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act.  Speaker: Rafael Mares, Conservation Law Foundation.

4:00 PM Moving Forward: Part I – Team Exercise Participate in a group activity, setting the stage for action plan development. Speakers: Transportation for America Staff

5:00 PM Conclusion


Workshop 3: December 12, 2017

Download presentations: Beth Osborne | Chad Tucker

Instructors:

  • Chad Tucker, Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Beth Osborne, Transportation for America

Workshop Learning Objectives:

T4America will work with Massachusetts’s leaders to develop a shared understanding on:

  • Consider the implementation of performance measures in Massachusetts and the agencies that are driving statewide change;
  • Analyze the application of performance measures in Virginia, their positives and negatives, and the lessons learned;
  • Discuss how to better use performance management in Massachusetts to define transportation success in a way that is relevant to stakeholders and reflects the region's goals. 

Workshop Agenda

12:00 PM Welcome and review of learning objectives. Speaker: Beth Osborne, Transportation for America

12:10 PM Working Lunch / Virginia’s Smart Scale Process: Why and how Smart Scale was developed; Q&A. Speaker: Chad Tucker, Commonwealth of Virginia

12:45 PM Virginia’s Application and Scoring Process: A review of what funding Smart Scale applies to, who can apply for funding through this process, what performance measures are applied, what data is required and how the information in communicated to the public and policymakers. Q&A. Speaker: Chad Tucker, Commonwealth of Virginia

1:30 PM Virginia’s Lesson Learned: Discuss what worked and didn’t work in the first 2 rounds of Smart Scale and how Virginia adjusted and made improvements. Q&A. Speaker: Chad Tucker, Commonwealth of Virginia

2:15 PM Results and Examples: Examples of projects funded, how projects have changed in reaction to this process and a discussion of the impact of considering both benefit and costs. Speakers: Chad Tucker, Commonwealth of Virginia; Beth Osborne, Transportation for America

3:00 PM Final thoughts and conclusion


Webinar 1: January 24, 2018, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Nashville: A Case Study on Integrating Health into Project Selection

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Join presenter Rochelle Carpenter of the Greater Nashville Regional Council for a webinar on:

  • How Nashville, TN integrated health into their Project Selection. 
  • Learn how Nashville addresses health, active transportation, and resiliency. 
  • Discover how Nashville incorporates these topics into project selection and their decision-making framework.

Workshop 4: February 13, 2018

Download presentations: Dave Christopolis, Timothy O'Day, Christof Spieler 

Workshop Learning Objectives:

T4America will work with Massachusetts’s leaders to develop a shared understanding on:

  • Performance measures that fit and match your agency's size and capabilities
  • How performance measures can be applied at different stages of the planning, project development, or construction process
  • Transportation and mobility issues facing rural regions in Massachusetts, and a review of opportunities for improved service
  • Developing an action plan

Workshop Agenda

11:00 AM Rural Transit: A session on the transportation and mobility issues facing rural regions in Massachusetts, a review of opportunities for improved service, and examples of data-driven planning for community and workforce transportation in less densely populated regions. Speakers: Dave Christopolis, Hilltown Community Development Corporation, and Timothy O'Day, SCM ElderBus

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Houston's Experience - Bus Network Redesign Learn why the agency undertook the Redesign of their Metro bus Network. Learn who was involved in the effort; what were the benefits the agency was seeking; what performance measures the agency used to evaluate options for the network redesign; and what the results are so far and how the redesign has been greeted by stakeholders. Speaker: Christof Spieler, Director of Planning for the Houston Metro

2:30 PM Defining victory: how we identify and frame transportation projects to help bring progress. Speakers: T4MA and T4A Staff

3:30 PM Moving Forward: Action Plan Development Working session for teams to develop action plans. Speakers: T4MA and T4A Staff

4:00 PM Conclusion


Webinar 2: March 6, 2018, 3:30 - 4:30 PM

How to create a message that resonates

Learn how to frame your discussion of performance measures for success, and how to improve public engagement and talk to skeptics about performance measures.

Registration link for March 6 Webinar


Workshop 5: March 13, 2018

Workshop Learning Objectives:

T4America will work with Massachusetts’s leaders to develop a shared understanding on:

  • how RPAs promote future-ready transportation, how they interact with federal and state agencies and transit operators, and their critical role in shaping local transportation decisions
  • cover the public transit and passenger rail issues across the Commonwealth, considering a new rail vision planning process and regional transit service assessments and 

Workshop Agenda  (subject to change)

11:00 AM The Evolving Transportation Landscape & Tomorrow’s RPA The RPA is pivotal to managing change at the federal, state, and community level. This session explores how RPAs promote future-ready transportation, how they interact with federal and state agencies and transit operators, and their critical role in shaping local transportation decisions.

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Transit: Public & Passenger Rail This session will cover the public transit and passenger rail issues across the Commonwealth, considering a new rail vision planning process and regional transit service assessments.

2:00 PM Action Plan Review Discuss academy participant action plan responses

2:30 PM Moving Forward: Technical Assistance, Support, & Action Plans Review all the types of technical assistance, resources, and support available.

3:00 PM Concluding Session: Reflections & Next Steps Group discussion on the workshop, reflections, and identification of tools coming out of the workshop and action items for each team's next steps. Participants turn in a completed workshop survey as they are departing.

4:00 PM Conclusion


For questions, contact Josh Ostroff, Partnerships Director at T4MA.

 


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