Monday, August 13, 2007

An Introduction - Our purpose

We are new to this blog thing so bear with us.

The purpose is to have a place to report on the TRB conference "Best Practices: Coordination of Transit, Land Use and Regional Planning. The conference is (was) held in Denver Aug 26-28, 2007. The purpose of the conference is to highlight the best of what is happening around the country for coordination of Transit, Land Use and Regional Planning. We picked Denver as a location because we felt that it was a place where everything seems to be working together to create a future where transit plays a strong role in land use and planning decisions.

Details on the conference are at:

Here is how we describe the conference purpose

In recent years, there have been many efforts to increase transit’s role in an integrated transportation and land use system, including: smart growth, regional transportation visioning, sustainable transportation, new urbanism, transit-oriented development, healthy community planning, etc. These efforts are all part of creating “Transit Regions” –areas where transit is a key element of the future. Although there are some successful examples, the promise of these activities is often unfulfilled. It is clear that much still needs to be done to promote more active participation by transit systems in regional transportation planning and land use decision making. TRB is sponsoring a specialty conference that would bring together experts to share experiences that lead to successful efforts to involve transit in the metropolitan planning process and land use decisions. The conference will include presentations of best practices as well as opportunities to discuss ideas with others in workshops. Key topics are Successful Transit Involvement in Regional Planning Processes and Successful Transit and Land-Use Initiatives The conference will also feature presentations and tours of Denver area land use and transit projects.

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