To be successful with transportation reform, PPS is also developing training programs, guidance materials and presentations. PPS will deploy these supporting tools and resources through education and outreach activities. Educational activities are intended to build capacity within state, city and county DOTs so they learn how to address transportation in new ways. Outreach and speaking engagement opportunities are helping to inspire and focus attention on the need for transportation reform; build a market for place-based solutions within client communities; and create awareness and capacity within government and community organizations to plan for better outcomes.
Tools and training materials are vitally needed to support reform activities. Gary Toth, Director of PPS Transportation Initiatives, has written A Citizen’s Guide to Better Streets: How to Engage your Transportation Agency, which has been published in conjunction with AARP. PPS and AARP are also publishing Streets as Places, which teaches citizens how to shape and enhance their streets to serve all users with lively, walkable and community-friendly environments, and Great Corridors, Great Communities: The Quiet Revolution in Transportation Planning, which describes how planning transportation within the context of a larger corridor can benefit both mobility needs and community quality of life. Gary Toth’s “Back to Basics in Transportation Planning: How Rediscovering our Roots can Solve 21st Century Traffic Woes” was featured in the PPS Bulletin in October 2007 and will be re-published in an upcoming edition of Transportation Quarterly, a publication of the ENO Transportation Foundation.
PPS has recently completed another “Streets as Places” training workshop, in New York City in September. The new two-day program has been very well received, and since its announcement, we have received requests to bring this training session on the road to places as diverse as Maine, Colorado, Saskatchewan, Louisiana, and Jeddah (Saudi Arabia).
PPS will soon launch its online “Place Audit,” which will allow individuals and communities to evaluate its streets and other public spaces and share their findings. This tool can be used to network local advocates and engage citizens in the process of creating better transportation facilities.