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2010 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

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A Letter from FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez and FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff

Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)/Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA), which are co-sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA). Our partnership demonstrates the value of working together to recognize outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, plan, and implement innovative transportation planning practices.

We applaud all of the excellent projects that were nominated for the awards this year. Due to the tremendous response and the number of outstanding planning submittals, the job of our panel of judges to select the most outstanding projects was particularly challenging. The 2010 TPEA winners and honorable mention projects went beyond standard practice to incorporate truly innovative and effective efforts into their transportation planning processes. Award recipients were honored on July 11, 2010 at a ceremony held during the 2010 Transportation Research Board Summer Meeting held in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The efforts of the award winners and their continued commitment ensure that transportation plans, processes, and products demonstrate excellence and reflect the needs of the communities that we serve. Each project exemplifies the excellence that is possible when we work together to plan for our Nation's transportation future.

The projects and organizations recognized by the 2010 TPEA are models for the Nation. The following sections highlight their accomplishments in the hope of inspiring future transportation planning projects to meet the high standards set by these award winners.

About the Awards

The Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA) Program recognizes outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, plan, and implement innovative transportation planning practices. This biennial awards program is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and is co-sponsored by the American Planning Association.

The Criteria

Nominations were reviewed by an independent panel of judges who represent a cross section of the transportation industry. Each nomination was evaluated according to criteria that address multiple elements of transportation planning:

The Categories

Nominations were solicited for innovative planning practices in the following categories:

Award Winners

More than 80 projects were nominated for this year's Excellence Awards. Eleven projects received Awards, and another eleven projects were recognized with Honorable Mentions.

Capital District Transportation Committee, Albany, New York

Implementing the Regional Plan: The Community and Transportation Linkage Planning Program
Category: Transportation and Land Use Integration

Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization, Wyoming

Transportation Safety Management Plan
Category: Safety Planning

Georgia Department of Transportation

Atlanta Regional Managed Lane System Plan
Category: Modeling and Technology Applications

Florida Department of Transportation

Conserve by Transit: Analysis of the Energy Consumption and Climate Change Benefits of Transit
Category: Transportation Planning and Environment

Florida Department of Transportation

Integrated National Transit Database System
Category: Modeling and Technology Applications

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Minnesota Comprehensive Freight and Passenger Rail Plan
Categories: Freight Planning, Planning Leadership, and Public Involvement and Outreach

New York City Department of Transportation

200 Lane-Mile Commitment
Category: Livability/Sustainability

North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority

Freight Rail Grade Crossing Assessment Study
Categories: Freight Planning and Safety Planning

Opportunity Link, Incorporated, Montana

Opportunity Link, Incorporated
Categories: Planning Leadership and Tribal Transportation Planning

City of Salem, Oregon

Union Street Railroad Bridge
Categories: Livability/Sustainability and Public Involvement and Outreach

City of San José, California

City of San José Trail Network
Category: Livability/Sustainability

Honorable Mentions

Anoka County Highway Department, Minnesota

Trunk Highway (TH) 65-County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 14 Interchange Public Involvement and Outreach
Category: Public Involvement and Outreach

California Department of Transportation Division of Mass Transportation

Response and Recovery Planning Project
Category: Emergency Management Planning

City of Charlotte, North Carolina

Implementation of City of Charlotte Urban Street Design Guidelines
Category: Transportation and Land Use Integration

Hunter College, New York

Choosing Visualization for Transportation
Category: Public Involvement and Outreach

Michigan Department of Transportation

Dequindre Cut Greenway
Category: Livability/Sustainability

Mid-America Regional Council, Missouri

Imagine KC Project
Category: Public Involvement and Outreach

North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative
Category: Livability/Sustainability

Oregon Department of Transportation

Transportation Planning Online Database
Category: Modeling and Technology Applications

Polk Transportation Planning Organization, Florida

Transportation of the Future Art Contest
Category: Public Involvement and Outreach

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority

South Florida Transit Resource Guide
Category: Transportation and Land Use Integration

City of Tempe, Arizona

Tempe Transportation Center
Category: Transportation Planning and Environment

The Judges

Tom Bruff,
Program Manager,
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

Dr. Tom Furlani,
Director of the Center for Computational Research,
University of New York, Buffalo

Tom Kane, Director,
Des Moines Iowa Metropolitan Planning Organization

Carrie Kissel, Senior
Project Manager and Director,
National Association of Development Organizations

Robert Leiter,
Retired Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning,
San Diego Association of Governments

Michelle Maggiore,
Senior Policy Director,
Wilbur Smith Associates

Dr. Catherine Ross,
Harry West Professor,
Director of the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development,
Georgia Institute of Technology

Effie Stallsmith,
Former Federal Transportation Administration Planner,
Transportation and Livability Consultant

Erika Young,
Transportation Director,
National Association of Regional Councils

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