First Winter Speakers Series Event on January 20
The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is launching its 2016 Winter Speaker Series with a presentation by Washington, DC-based transportation planner Nat Bottigheimer of Fehr & Peers DC on the pitfalls and practicalities of planning surface transit. Free and open to the public, the event will be held on Wednesday, January 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD).
Citing troubled streetcar and bus rapid transit projects in the region, Bottigheimer will show how new, data-driven tools can better predict success or failure at the outset. His presentation, Putting the Transition Back in Transit, will focus on the upfront planning of surface transportation through data collected from cell phones and GPS devices as a way to unlock transit’s transformational potential.
Bottigheimer will explain his methods by answering the following questions:
-Why are surface transit projects so hard to realize?
-What are the typical analytical tools used for planning transit?
-What is the new approach to planning transit?
-How can data from cell phones and GPS devices help with the new transit planning approach?
-How can this data can be applied to specific surface bus and rail projects?
-What are some examples of bus and light rail projects that are benefiting from the new tools?
-How could have troubled streetcar and bus projects in the region benefited from new types of transit planning?