Volume 1 Issue 8 | May 21, 2020
Transportation Planning Newsletter
Chair: Kristina Swallow, Nevada DOT Vice Chair: Lynn Weiskopf, New York State DOT

The Committee on Planning addresses all aspects of the transportation planning process including federal regulations, current industry practices, and emerging approaches and concepts. The committee is dedicated to providing State DOTs the expertise, resources and tools they need to implement a robust planning process within their agencies that is multimodal, multidisciplinary, innovative and consensus-oriented.
Committee News
DIRECTOR KRISTINA SWALLOW NAMED CHAIR OF AASHTO COMMITTEE ON PLANNING
On May 15, it was announced that Kristina Swallow, P.E., Director of the Nevada Department of Transportation, was appointed Chair of the AASHTO Committee on Planning by AASHTO President Patrick McKenna.

As Chair, Director Swallow will ensure that the committee functions properly, that there is full participation during meetings, that all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and carried out. Also, she will serve as the chair of the Committee on Planning's steering committee.
Director Kristina Swallow was appointed by Governor Steve Sisolak in January of 2019. As Director of the Nevada Department of Transportation, she is responsible for overseeing the state highway system and proudly leads a dedicated and talented team of approximately 1,800 people.

Director Swallow joins NDOT with more than 25 years of diverse experience in engineering, public policy, and community advocacy. As a practicing civil engineer, Kristina has worked in several technical areas including flood control, traffic impact analysis and mitigation, land development, public works, and transportation policy. Bridging industry gaps, she has been a small business owner, a consultant, and also served as a program manager in city government. Additionally, she worked in the U.S. Senate on transportation policy including the passage of MAP-21 and as a lobbyist for local government during the 2013 Nevada State Legislative session. A thought-leader, Kristina artfully blends her breadth of experience and ability to communicate the concerns-at-hand to achieve the goals of the greater good. She strongly believes the key to successful transportation systems lies in the strength of the plan. Since arriving at the Nevada Department of Transportation, she has emphasized the role that planning has in their future program.

Kristina received her Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona and a Master of Science in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a licensed civil engineer in Nevada.

Kristina is married to her husband David, also a civil engineer. They enjoy learning new things, traveling- especially in Nevada, and spending time with their cats and dog.

Please join us in welcoming Director Swallow to this new post for the Committee!
COVID-19

State departments of transportation are actively supporting their residents, businesses and local communities in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak. And in turn, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is working to support state DOTs in those efforts.

AASHTO remains committed to responsibly following federal and state recommended workplace actions related to COVID-19. We hope you’ll find the resources available at https://www.transportation.org/home/covid19/ useful.

If AASHTO staff can assist you with comments or questions regarding COVID-19, please email us at committeeonplanning@aashto.org.
2020 JOINT POLICY CONFERENCE
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official’s (AASHTO) 2020 Joint Policy Conference: Connecting the DOTs will bring together six AASHTO committees and councils to meet and discuss critical issues surrounding multimodal freight and passenger transportation. Focus areas will include planning, freight, maritime, security and resilience, environment and sustainability, and active transportation. With an estimated 300 participants from all 52 AASHTO member departments, this is a unique opportunity to reach out and connect with key decision-makers at state DOTs.

Please know that AASHTO’s first priority is the health, safety and well-being of our attendees, volunteers and staff attending any AASHTO meetings. We continue to monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization’s statements and guidance closely. Currently, consideration for cancellation or postponement of upcoming AASHTO meetings as a result of COVID-19 is being made on a case by case basis.

At this time, no decision has been made regarding cancellation or postponement of the 2020 Joint Policy Conference. It is also possible that this conference will be held virtually. Additional details will be available in future editions of this newsletter.
Industry News
ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION

Pandemic spells uncertain future for bikes and scooters as mobility services confront new realities
GeekWire

Boston Sidewalks Extended To Help Pedestrians With Social Distancing
WBZ Radio
 
Chicago may implement 'Slow Streets' to allow more room for pedestrians, bicyclists
WFLD-TV

6 Ways to Make City Streets Safer for Pedestrians
TheCityFix
 
FUNDING
 
Emergency Relief Legislation Shifts Focus From Funding Bills
Transport Topics

Planning group explains why Port Authority, NJ Transit need billions more in federal bailouts
Star-Ledger

N. Carolina senators pledge bipartisan fiscal reforms at DOT
AP

What Georgia DOT commissioner said about stimulus bill just approved by U.S. House
The Times

Portland voters renew 10-cent gas tax measure for 4 years
The Oregonian

INFRASTRUCTURE

New Jersey BPU Straw Proposal Shifts Financing of EV Infrastructure to Shareholders, Not Ratepayers
NJ Spotlight

MPOs
 
SCAG proposes $638.6 billion transportation plan  
Redlands Community News

Regional transportation plan includes less money for local roads next four years
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Steven Barry Elected Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization Chairman

PLANNING
 
Transportation mostly survives DC budget cuts, but planning takes a big hit
Greater Greater Washington

RAIL
 
Caltrans Study Cites Feasibility of Railroad Tunnel Through University City Area
Times of San Diego
 
New York State railroad reverses course, opposes Tahawus trail
Adirondack Explorer

ROADWAYS
 
Florida transportation planners pitch toll roads for third straight day
News-Press

KDOT selects 40 statewide highway projects for new transportation program
KSNT-TV

Future east-west expressway linking Brevard-Osceola counties under study
Florida Today

TRANSIT
 
No way out of COVID-19 except through federal funding, MTA and supporters claim
amNew York
 
CDC Adopts Guidelines For Transit Reopening
Washington Post

To Draw Back Riders, Metra Offers New $10 Pass
Chicago Tribune

Nearly half of New Yorkers plan to avoid mass transit post-lockdown: poll
New York Post

Minnesota lawmakers scramble to craft deal to make transit safer
Star Tribune

The Public Transit Problem
NPR’s Planet Money

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
 
TRB Webinar: How Much Will COVID-19 Affect Travel Behavior?
TRB