NEW WEBINAR: The ’Notorious’ MUTCD – Why Fixing a Federal Manual is Critical to Safety, Equity and Climate

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USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg is facing an early test of his commitment to reform – will he call for reframing and rewriting a federal manual that governs local streets? The Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices – which dictates the design of every street in the U.S., from crosswalks to speed limits, bike lanes, and more – is up for revision. But the proposed draft continues to prioritize moving cars fast over safety, equity, and climate. Hear from our panel of experts on why the MUTCD matters, what’s wrong with it, what needs to be done next, and how you can help make a difference.

The ’Notorious’ MUTCD – Why Fixing a Federal Manual is Critical to Safety, Equity and Climate

DATE: Monday, April 26, 2021 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

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Dongho Chang is the City Traffic Engineer for Seattle.  He has worked over 29 years in the transportation engineering field focused on improving safety and mobility for all travel modes.  Dongho has worked as the Traffic Engineer for City of Everett and Area Engineer for Washington State Department of Transportation. Dongho is active with Institute of Transportation Engineers and NACTO.  Dongho drove a Zamboni during high school, which he considers as his “coolest” job ever!

Zabe Bent is Director of Design at National Association of City Transportation Officials and has nearly 20 years of experience in multimodal planning and urban development. She is skilled at conceptual design, transit planning, and communications. As a Principal Planner at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, Zabe managed a range of efforts including advancing two of San Francisco’s key bus rapid transit corridors, its congestion pricing feasibility study, the update to SF’s long range countywide transportation plan, as well as several neighborhood transportation plans. Zabe also worked across the country as a Principal at Nelson\Nygaard and independently in cities like Boston, Addis Ababa, and Nairobi, focusing on complete streets design and policy, and bus rapid transit. Her efforts have focused on a combination of multimodal accessibility and demand management strategies, with a view to blending the person-level of analysis and design with that of system-level planning in order to balance an efficient network with safe access and mobility.

Zabe has served on the boards of Imprint.City, the San Francisco Museum of the African Diaspora Vanguard, and, most recently, One Island Media. She spends her free time pursuing creative interests, from silversmithing to cooking to creative writing. She holds a BA from Barnard College, as well as a Master in City Planning and Master of Science in Transportation from MIT.

Matthew Roe is Technical Lead at National Association of City Transportation Officials an urban transportation planner with a decade of experience in planning and implementing great streets. Matthew leads NACTO’s street design work in North America, serving as technical editor of the organization’s design guidance. He supports cities worldwide with design expertise, guiding cities through challenging projects that make streets safer and advance the state of design practice.

At NACTO, Matthew has worked with cities to advance the state of street design practice around the country and the world, focusing on the design ideas and analytical tools needed to advance safe, sustainable streets. He developed the Transit Street Design Guide released in 2016, and the related Making Transit Count toolkit. In 2017, he led the creation of Designing for All Ages and Abilities, NACTO’s first contextual bicycle design guidance. To expand the use of NACTO’s guidance, Matthew has led design trainings and hands-on workshops in dozens of NACTO cities, and in 2015 created a network of certified trainers to carry this knowledge further. Many of these projects took a city to the point of implementation, including Transit Program Accelerators in Cambridge and Denver, the San José Better Bikeways Accelerator, and Detroit’s growing bike network.

At the New York City Department of Transportation, he introduced an evidence-based approach to the Department’s globally recognized street design programs, now expanded under Vision Zero, and contributed to dozens of major street redesign projects spanning 80 miles of streets on high-crash corridors, from Times Square to Rockaway Boulevard. Matthew led the development of the 2010 New York City Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, one of the nation’s first research-based safety plans, and contributed to the 2013 Making Safer Streets report.

Matthew’s academic publications focus on the causes of pedestrian injuries in urban settings, and safety evaluation of street redesigns. He holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Social Studies from Wesleyan University.

Lisa Marie Glover is an accomplished and results-oriented professional with 15+ years’ experience in leading multiple projects within transportation industry. Stellar track record of devising cost-effective and environment friendly transportation strategies to improve mobility and accessibility while reducing congestion. Expert in designing and executing sustainable transportation infrastructure plans. Excel at directing operations and maintenance of the transportation projects. Instrumental at delivering multiple projects within time and budgetary constraints. Known for developing and maintaining professional relationships with clients and stake holders. Proven success in training and developing cross-functional teams. Background in federal and state legislative research, Vision Zero implementation, as well as transit planning and management.

Areas of Expertise: BRT Implementation, Contract Negotiations, Short & Long-Range Transportation Planning, Traffic Incident Management, Traffic Incident Management, Multi-Modal Corridor Planning, Traffic Operations Management, Complete Streets Design Principles, Stakeholder Engagement, Federal Functional Roadway Reclassification.

She has worked on projects nationally and internationally. Her past professional experience includes the City of Detroit Department of Transportation, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games, the Metropolitan Atlanta, Rapid Transit Authority, DeKalb County Government, and the Henry County Board of Commissioners. Lisa has served as an intergovernmental liaison on transportation projects with federal, state, regional and local partners on the development of transportation infrastructure.

Currently as Transportation Manager, Lisa leads a division management team to provide strategic direction and supervision to a personnel team of mixed disciplines. The division’s mission is to promote the livability, health, and economic benefits of a connected network of transportation options. Key oversight and senior management of projects related to mobility, livability, resilient design concepts, community bus service, complete streets, capital project delivery, transportation planning, innovative traffic congestion and speed management concepts, and sustainable transportation. Since joining the City, she has focused on improving her division’s efficiencies of policies, procedures, and performance through enhanced partnerships.  On-going coordination with numerous federal, state, county and city partners to ensure operations and maintenance of constructed transportation infrastructure.

My name is Benjamin Restrepo, I graduated from the University of Connecticut in December 2012 with a degree in Civil Engineering, I am a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida and I have over 9 years of engineering work experience working for FDOT, WSDOT, City of Austin and the City of Fort Lauderdale.  I am responsible for performing professional engineering work to assist with the alignment of public and private transportation projects with mobility goals in order to improve transportation system performance. Specifically, I provide support to the transportation portion of the City’s Development Review Committee process through reviewing site plans to identify conflicts and opportunities, and facilitating the development of mitigation strategies to address traffic impacts. I also review traffic operational and safety study analysis, traffic calming implementation, maintenance of traffic plan review, traffic investigations and signing, pavement marking and signalization modifications to the existing roadways. Evaluate preliminary engineering geometry and traffic analysis.