Renaissance to Present Innovative Accessibility Work at Upcoming AASHTO Conference

This Thursday, February 24th, Renaissance’s Vlad Gavrilovic will be presenting at The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials’ (AASHTO) 2016 Washington Briefing Meeting.

The Washington Briefing is an annual meeting on the legislative issues and policy challenges facing state departments of transportation. Attendees include Congressional members and staff, federal executive branch leaders, partner associations, and media representatives. The four day meeting will be held on February 23-26th at the Washington Court Hotel. Event details can be found here. The meeting addenda and full list of speakers and sessions is included here.

Vlad will participating in the Thursday session: Move Quicker or Live Closer? Examining Mobility and Accessibility. The session will focus on analytical tools and frameworks that State DOT's are developing to better incorporate mobility and accessibility measures into the decision-making process and make project funding more transparent. The session will highlight a number of state DOT's including the Virginia DOT. Vlad will be presenting the accessibility metric used for Virginia's first ever House Bill 2 (HB2) transportation funding prioritization process.

HB2 is an innovative state law, signed by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2014, directed the state’s transportation decision-making authority – the Commonwealth Transportation Board – to create a transparent and objective process that invests “limited tax dollars in the right projects that meet the most critical transportation needs in Virginia.” The CTB created six factors that use quantifiable metrics on which to score proposed projects and compare proposed transportation investments: safety, congestion management, environmental quality, land use, economic development, and accessibility.

Renaissance Planning was honored to be a part of the project and was the sole analyst for the accessibility metric, which quantified access to jobs and access to jobs for disadvantaged populations for all eligible auto and transit projects. Accessibility scores were generated for well over 300 projects using a set of tools we have developed that are part of our multimodal accessibility framework. The HB2 scoring process was completed in early January, and the CTB is now in the process of using the scores to inform their prioritization and funding decisions. A draft improvement program is expected in April, with a final decision due in July. The state has already committed to using the same scoring process for 2017.