Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Performance assessment has become deeply integrated into the planning process at many metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). Yet the focus of performance evaluation has remained on the scenario level - analyzing packages of transportation projects, often based on modal themes (highways versus transit, expansion versus operational improvements, etc.). For MTC's latest Regional Transportation Plan, known as Plan Bay Area, planners wanted to emphasize evaluation of major transportation projects on an individual basis - identifying the highest performers regardless of mode - in order to craft more targeted scenarios. This presentation will highlight how MTC's activity-based travel model was used to conduct this project-level benefit-cost analysis for each of the region's 100 largest transportation projects - and how the quantitative results led to real-world policy outcomes for both high- and low-performers.
David Vautin is a Senior Transportation Planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in Oakland, California, leading the agency's efforts in the fields of performance assessment and performance monitoring. His analytical work informs regional policy decisions by monitoring adherence to adopted goals and targets and by identifying high-performing transportation investments that achieve the region's sustainability objectives. David is also extensively involved in regional land use and travel modeling, transportation policy analysis, and public outreach for MTC's long-range planning efforts.
David's performance assessment work has been particularly influential as part of the San Francisco Bay Area's first Sustainable Communities Strategy, known as Plan Bay Area. Performance-based approaches were used to achieve state-mandated greenhouse gas targets, to establish regional priorities for future New Starts and Small Starts funding opportunities, and to reconsider cost-ineffective or sprawl-inducing projects. In light of the Plan's adoption last year, he is currently working to reboot MTC's performance monitoring efforts to track a more comprehensive set of metrics related to transportation, land use, economic development, and environmental protection.
David received his Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.