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FHWA Resource Center

PLANNING TEAM

The United States depends on a safe and efficient transportation system to strengthen communities, to provide access to jobs, services, and centers of trade; and to retain and enhance our economic competitiveness in the global marketplace. FHWA supports transportation decision makers as they manage the comprehensive transportation planning process. This process considers many factors including: economic development, safety and security, environment, land use and system preservation, and maintenance and integration.

The Planning Technical Service Team at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Resource Center helps support the planning process through the provision of training, technical assistance, technology deployment, and partnerships. The Planning Technical Service Team works in partnership with FHWA Division Offices and many FHWA Headquarters Offices including the FHWA Office of Planning, the Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Operations and Transportation Management.

Our vision is that transportation projects and decisions will be based on state of the practice and state of the art planning practices, thereby improving the quality of life for all Americans.

Our mission is to promote effective transportation planning practices nationwide through training and technical assistance.

Currently, the team has placed priority emphasis in deploying innovations, guidance and notable practices, in the following areas:

  • Congestion Management Process (CMP). A CMP is a systematic process for defining what levels of congestion are acceptable to the community; developing performance measures to monitor levels; identifying alternative solutions to manage congestion; prioritizing funding for those strategies and assessing the effectiveness of those actions. CMPs are required for Transportation Management Areas (areas with populations in excess of 200,000)
  • Visualization / Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Transportation Planning. GIS is a system of computer hardware and software that collects, stores, and analyzes and disseminates information about areas of the earth. While GIS often helps create maps, GIS can also maximize the quality and use of spatial data and analysis to help answer questions of where, how, far, how many, what size, and within what area. By using GIS to bring together information more efficiently, transportation planners are in a better position to review, analyze, and understand the problems they are addressing. This efficiency can save time and money, and a better understanding of information can lead to improved decisionmaking. Visualization involves a range of tools and techniques that can be used for a variety of transportation planning and project purposes. Under SAFETEA-LU, MPOs are required to use visualization techniques in the development of their public participation plans
  • Land Use and Transportation Planning. Transportation planners and decision-makers need to be aware of the land use implications of transportation decisions. The FHWA Resource Center Planning Team provides an overview of the issues, practices and technologies that relate to coordination of land use and transportation planning. Information on these topics is available through a land use and transportation seminar.
  • Freight Planning. Significant increases in freight movements are projected. These will place greater demands on the Nation's transportation system. The FHWA is undertaking a number of strategies and approaches to help the transportation community effectively respond to the growth in freight traffic. One of these is focused on freight professional development. This strategy is designed to better inform, to increase professional capacity and to expand utilization of freight tools and services among transportation planners at State DOTs and MPOs. Included as a part of this effort is a range of new freight training and technical assistance offerings.
  • Transportation Safety Planning (TSP). TSP is a comprehensive, system wide, multimodal, proactive process that better integrates safety into surface transportation decision-making. The ultimate objective of effective Transportation Safety Planning is a reduction in crashes, injuries and fatalities. Achieving this goal requires a multi-pronged effort and relies upon a wide range of safety initiatives.
  • Modeling and Traffic Analysis Tools. Under Federal Law MPOs and State DOTs are charged with developing plans and programs to accommodate mobility needs for persons and goods in their areas. An important component of this process involves estimating future travel demand and analyzing alternative transportation investment scenarios using travel demand forecasting scenarios.

Training and Technical Assistance

The team can provide training and technical assistance in the metropolitan and statewide planning process, programs and products, as well as a number of planning specialty areas. All team members have experience and knowledge in metropolitan and statewide planning. In addition, our team members have functional, in-depth specialties.


Functional Areas Team Member Contact Information
Border Planning Lisa Randall Lisa: (720) 963-3209
Certification Reviews All Team Members—assist Division Offices and HQ as needed  
Climate Change and Transportation Planning Jim Thorne
Ralph Rizzo
Jim: (708) 283-3538
Ralph: (401) 528-4548
Congestion Management Process Brian Betlyon
Ben Williams (primary)
Eric Pihl
Brian: (410) 962-0086
Ben: (404) 562-3671
Eric: (720) 963-3219
Data Ed Christopher– Census, Traffic, Travel Surveys and Team Liaison with Office of Highway Information
Eric Pihl– Freight
Ed: (708) 283-3534
Eric: (720) 963-3219
EJ / Title 6 Brian Betlyon
Jocelyn Jones
Brian: (410) 962-0086
Jocelyn: (410) 962-2486
Fiscal Constraint/Financial Planning Ralph Rizzo
Lisa Randall
Brian Betlyon
Ralph: (401) 528-4548
Lisa: (720) 963-3209
Brian: (410) 962-0086
Freight Jocelyn Jones
Ralph Rizzo (funding, financing, environment linkages)
Eric Pihl (data and analysis)
Lisa Randall
Jocelyn: (410) 962-2486
Ralph: (401) 528-4548
Eric: (720) 963-3219
Lisa: (720) 963-3209
GIS and Transportation Planning Ben Williams Ben: (404) 562-3671
Health and Transportation Ed Christopher Ed: (708) 283-3534
Land Use and Transportation Planning Jim Thorne (primary)
Brian Betlyon
Eric Pihl (land use modeling)
Jim: (708) 283-3538
Brian: (410) 962-0086
Eric: (720) 963-3219
Planning and Environment Linkages (PEL) Ben Williams (primary)
Jim Thorne
Brian Betlyon
Ralph Rizzo
Ben: (404) 562-3671
Jim: (708) 283-3538
Brian: (410) 962-0086
Ralph: (401) 528-4548
Metropolitan Planning Brian Betlyon
Ed Christopher
Jim Thorne
Ben Williams
Jocelyn Jones
Eric Pihl
Ralph Rizzo
Brian: (410) 962-0086
Ed: (708) 283-3534
Ben: (404) 562-3671
Jim: (708) 283-3538
Jocelyn: (410) 962-2486
Eric: (720) 963-3219
Ralph: (401) 528-4548
Native American and Tribal Planning Ralph Rizzo Ralph (401) 528-4548
Operations / ITS and Planning Ben Williams (CMP primary)
Eric Pihl (Traffic Analysis Tools primary)
Brian Betlyon
Ben: (404) 562-3671
Eric: (720) 963-3219
Brian: (410) 962-0086
Public Involvement / Public Participation Jocelyn Jones
Brian Betlyon
Jocelyn: (410) 962-2486
Brian: (410) 962-0086
Transportation Safety Planning/Strategic Highway Safety Plan Jim Thorne Jim: (708) 283-3538
Scenario Planning Brian Betlyon
Jim Thorne
Brian: (410) 962-0086
Jim: (708) 283-3538
Second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2): Planning-Related Products

Larry Anderson (General and C01, C02, C05, C06B, C08, C09, C12, C15, C19, and C40)
Lisa Randall (General and All Planning-Related Products)
Eric Pihl (C03, C04, C11, and C16)
Derek Miura (C10A/B)
Vidya Mysore (C20)
Ben Williams (C05 and C40)

Larry:  (720) 963-3268
Lisa:  (720) 963-3209
Eric:  (720) 963-3219
Derek:  (720) 963-3271
Vidya:  (404) 562-3929
Ben:  (404) 562-3671

Security Planning and Emergency Response/Disaster Preparedness Lisa Randall Lisa: (720) 963-3209
Statewide and Rural Planning Ralph Rizzo Ralph: (401) 528-4548
Travel Demand Forecasting Eric Pihl (primary)
Vacant
Jim Thorne
Brian Betlyon
Eric: (720) 963-3219
Vacant
Jim: (708) 283-3538
Brian: (410) 962-0086
Travel Time Reliability

Derek Miura
Ben Williams
Eric Pihl

Derek: (720) 963-3271
Ben: (404) 562-3671
Eric: (720) 963-3219
Visualization Ben Williams (primary)
Brian Betlyon
Jim Thorne
Ben: (404) 562-3671
Brian: (410) 962-0086
Jim: (708) 283-3538

Your Resource for Transportation Planning Solutions!

Listed below are the Resource Center Planning Specialists. Additional information about specialty planning areas, and our offerings in these areas is available. If you would like further information, please e-mail or call the Team Manager or the team Specialist assigned in a particular area.


Team Manager

Lisa Randall
(biography)
Planning Technical Service Team Manager
12300 West Dakota Avenue Suite 340
Lakewood, CO 80228
Ph: (720) 963-3209
Fax: (720) 963-3232
lisa.randall@dot.gov

Program Assistant

Ruthanne Waltz
(biography)
Program Assistant
12300 West Dakota Avenue Suite 340
Lakewood, CO 80228
Ph: (720) 963-3266
Fax: (720) 963-3232
ruthanne.waltz@dot.gov

Team MembersSpecialty Area(s)

Larry Anderson
(biography)
Community Planner (SHRP2 Capacity Implementation Specialist)
12300 West Dakota Avenue Suite 340
Lakewood, CO 80228
Ph: (720) 963-3268
Fax: (720) 963-3232
larry.anderson@dot.gov


SHRP2 Process-Related Products/Solutions in the Capacity Focus Area
Metropolitan and Statewide Transportation Planning and Programming Processes
Transportation Planning and Project Development/Environment Linkages
Transportation Planning and Air Quality Planning Linkages
Federal Lands Highway Transportation Planning and Programming




Brian Betlyon
(biography)
Community Planner
10 South Howard Street Suite 4000
Baltimore, MD 21201
Ph: (410) 962-0086
Fax: (410) 962-3419
brian.betlyon@dot.gov


Metropolitan Planning
Congestion Management Process
Land Use/Scenario Planning
Fiscal Constraint
Financial Planning




Ed Christopher
(biography)
Community Planner
4749 Lincoln Mall Drive Suite 600
Matteson, IL 60443
Ph: (708) 283-3534
Fax: (708) 283-3501
ed.christopher@dot.gov


Planning Data
Metropolitan Planning







Jocelyn Jones
(biography)
Community Planner
10 South Howard Street Suite 4000
Baltimore, MD 21201
Ph: (410) 962-2486
Fax: (410) 962-3419
jocelyn.jones@dot.gov


Freight Planning
Metropolitan Planning
Environmental Justice and Title VI
Public Involvement/Public Participation Plans





Derek Miura
(biography)
Community Planner
12300 West Dakota Avenue Suite 340
Lakewood, CO 82028
Ph: (720) 963-3271
Fax:
derek.miura@dot.gov











Vidyadhara Mysore
(biography)
Freight Analysis and Modeling Specialist
61 Forsyth Street, SW Suite 17T26
Atlanta, GA 30303
Ph: (404) 562-3929
Fax:
vidyadhara.mysore@dot.gov


Experience in freight transportation modeling and planning, operations, engineering, and economics, and land use, trade and transportation logistics to create fact-based, forward-looking Freight Technical Solutions at all levels of government.
National recognition as Modeling, Freight Forecasting and Analytical expert.
Excellent understanding of federal, state and local level policy procedures and worked with transportation professionals to build strong Freight Planning, Management and Operations programs.






Eric Pihl
(biography)
Modeling Technical Specialist
12300 West Dakota Avenue Suite 340
Lakewood, CO 80228
Ph: (720) 963-3219
Fax: (720) 963-3232
eric.pihl@dot.gov


Travel Demand Forecasting
Metropolitan Planning
Planning and Operations
Traffic Analysis Tools
Freight Planning
Freight Analysis and Data



Ralph Rizzo
(biography)
Community Planner
380 Westminster Mall Room 547
Providence, RI 02903
Ph: (401) 528-4548
Fax: (401) 528-4542
ralph.rizzo@dot.gov


Fiscal Constraint and Financial Planning
Metropolitan Planning
Statewide Planning
Tribal Planning
Freight Planning
Climate Change



Jim Thorne
(biography)
Community Planner
4749 Lincoln Mall Drive Suite 600
Matteson, IL 60443
Ph: (708) 283-3538
Fax: (708) 283-3501
jim.thorne@dot.gov


Metropolitan Planning
Travel demand forecasting
Land Use and Scenario Planning
Transportation Safety Planning
Climate Change




Ben Williams
(biography)
Community Planner
61 Forsyth Street, SW Suite 17T26
Atlanta, GA 30303
Ph: (404) 562-3671
Fax: (404) 562-3700
ben.williams@dot.gov


GIS and Transportation Planning
Metropolitan Planning
Visualization and Transportation Planning
Congestion Management Process
Planning and Operations



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