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New Webinar: The Transit-Walkability Collaborative – An Inter-Modal Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods

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Webinar Title: “The Transit-Walkability Collaborative – An Inter-Modal Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods”

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 18th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

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About the Webinar

In February, nine organizations announced the formation of the Transit-Walkability Collaborative (TWC) and signed on to a shared Statement of Purpose. Consisting of local, statewide, and national walkability and transit advocacy groups, the TWC exists to promote the benefits of walkable, transit-rich communities; to bring together transit and walkability advocates at the local, state, and national level; and to identify and implement programs and policies that simultaneously expand walkability and transit services in communities across the U.S.

This webinar will include presentations and discussion from several members of the TWC, the release of a Fact Sheet providing critical data to support walkability and transit advocacy, and the launch of a National Survey designed to collect information about existing local collaborations. It will start with an overview of the research evidence for the health, safety, and economic/equity benefits of walkable, transit-rich communities by Todd Litman, Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. Kirsten Holland (Center for Transportation Excellence), Marnie Primmer (National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates) and Ian Thomas (America Walks) will present some of the fundamentals of public transit and walkability advocacy, respectively, and demonstrate why there is such a powerful synergy between these two modes of transportation. Finally, Jim Stone, Executive Director of Circulate San Diego, will discuss his recent study of Transit-Oriented Development that identified effective policy strategies for improving walkability and transit service.

Following the presentations, there will be an opportunity to ask questions about the collaborative effort and how to get involved.

About the Presenters

Litman-PhotoTodd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, and make technical concepts accessible to a larger audience.

Todd has worked on numerous studies that evaluate transportation costs, benefits and innovations. He authored the Online TDM Encyclopedia, a comprehensive Internet resource for identifying and evaluating mobility management strategies; Transportation Cost and Benefit Analysis: Techniques, Estimates and Implications, a comprehensive study which provides cost and benefit information in an easy-to-apply format; and Parking Management Best Practices, a comprehensive book on innovative management solutions to parking problems.

Todd has worked as a consultant for government agencies, professional organizations, developers and non- government organizations. He is active in several professional organizations including the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Transportation Research Board.

Thomas-PhotoIan Thomas, State and Local Program Director, America Walks

Ian Thomas is the State and Local Program Director with America Walks. In this role, he develops and delivers education programs for advocates, professionals, and elected officials, about the benefits of walkable communities and strategies to create them.

From 2000 until 2013, Ian served as the founding Executive Director of the PedNet Coalition of Columbia, MO. During this time, he developed one of the largest Walking School Bus programs in the country, coordinated a campaign that led to Columbia adopting the first “complete streets’ policy in Missouri, and was instrumental in reducing neighborhood speed limits through city ordinance. He also helped bring a $25 million federal “Non-Motorized Transportation Pilot Program” grant to Columbia.

In 2013 and 2016, Ian won election to the Columbia City Council, where he continues to advance policies that support walkability, quality public transit, and healthy lifestyles. He is a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council and the National League of Cities’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Jason Jordan serves as the director of the Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE). He oversees CFTE staff and programming related to transportation ballot initiatives, state and local transit finance policy, communications and research. CFTE is a national research and technical assistance center dedicated to public transportation ballot campaigns and finance policy. Jason is also a partner in the Washington, D.C. public affairs and government relations consulting firm, Advocacy Associates, LLC, where he directs the firm’s transportation and community development practice providing lobbying and strategic support to groups including the American Planning Association, where he serves as APA’s director of policy and government affairs. Previously, Jordan worked for U.S. Senator Max Cleland and in policy and association management positions for several organizations, including the Council for Urban Economic Development and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Jordan has broad political campaign experience having managed field operations and provided general strategic guidance for both congressional and statewide campaigns.


Primmer-PhotoMarnie Primmer, National Alliance of Public Transportation Advocates

Marnie Primmer is the Chair of the National Alliance of Public Transit Advocates and the Founder and CEO of Connected Consulting in Newport Beach, CA.

National Alliance of Public Transit Advocates (NAPTA) is a national organization representing grassroots transit advocacy coalitions and rider organizations that support increasing investment in public transportation. NAPTA’s objectives are:

  • To create a diverse, committed, and visible national alliance of local public transit coalitions;
  • To generate a heightened level of advocacy through constituent visits, calls, e-mails, and letters at necessary and appropriate times in the congressional decision-making process;
  • To link local transit coalitions with new advocacy tools and resources.

In addition to her work with NAPTA, Marnie provides strategic consulting throughout the transportation sector. She is skilled in developing and implementing a broad range of public campaigns requiring intensive strategic planning, marketing, community and public relations, government relations and political expertise.

Stone-PhotoJim Stone, Executive Director, Circulate San Diego

Jim Stone brings an ecological perspective to the issue of transportation, tying together the impacts of walkable, transit-oriented communities on the environment, human health, social justice and the economy. As Executive Director of Circulate San Diego, Jim has engendered a culture of innovation, leading to new ways to engage stakeholders and gather input, such as a smart phone app. that crowd-sources data about walking conditions and provides walkability ratings for every city in San Diego County. Other innovations include a pilot program for walking prescriptions and a mini streetscape where children learn pedestrian skills. Jim holds a BS in biology from Southern Connecticut State University and an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. He is a Board Member of California Walks.

We are grateful to the Centers for Disease Control, American Public Health Association, New Jersey Department of Health, and Every Body Walk! Collaborative for sponsoring this program.