October 2014 Newsletter

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New Tool Emphasizes Livability Characteristics

Where can you find a community with ample outdoor recreation spaces, quality educational opportunities, and several commuting options? How does your town compare to others in relation to safe bike routes and pedestrian friendly streets? Which regions of the country rank transportation options as the most important?

The latest tool from FHWA, called Placefit, assembles web information in a central location to help consumers and transportation professionals compare factors to make good transportation investments and achieve more livable communities. FHWA's Office of Human Environment developed the web-based tool, which launched in April, to emphasize the connection between transportation, livability, and communities. Visit Placefit to find the place that fits best for you.

Start using Placefit here.

“Livability & LOS: Making the Connection”
Webinar Recording Available

image credit: Andrew Dallos via flickr, CC

The webinar discusses the origin, evolution, and application of LOS and the need for practitioners to choose LOS goals that consider all road users, supports livable communities, and help achieve Context Sensitive Solutions. The roundtable format features brief presentations followed by a panel discussion with significant time devoted to audience questions.

The webinar highlights two State Departments of Transportation programs that are balancing livability and achieving LOS and the North American Sustainable Transportation Council STARS Program which helps planners, communities and decision-makers evaluate the impacts of transportation plans and projects, identify innovative strategies, and improve decision-making.


Keith Harrison, P.E., Safety/Geometric Design Engineer, FHWA Resource Center
Al Biehler, former PennDOT CEO and AASHTO President
Paul Krekeler, GreenLITES Program Manager, NYSDOT
Peter Hurley, Program and Policy Director, The North American Sustainable Transportation Council  

Watch the entire webinar and download slides here.

Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program Webinar

Wednesday, October 22nd @ 1:30 - 3:00 PM EDT

The FHWA Office of Human Environment is sponsoring this upcoming webinar on the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. Representatives from each of the four Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program pilot communities will discuss the strategies they used to promote bicycle and pedestrian projects and the lessons learned.

The Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program was established in SAFEATEA-LU Section 1807 and provided over $25 million each to four communities (Columbia, MO; Marin County, CA; Minneapolis Area, MN; Sheboygan County, WI) to demonstrate how walking and bicycling infrastructure and programs can increase rates of walking and bicycling. For more information contact Daniel Goodman at 202-366-9064 or


Gabe Rousseau, FHWA Office of Safety
Dan Goodman, FHWA Office of Human Environment
Dan Dawson, Marin County Department of Public Works
Hilary Reeves, Communications Director, Minnesota Transit for Livable Communities
Emily Vetting, Sheboygan County Planning & Conservation Department
Ted Curtis, City of Columbia

Register now here.

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