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2008 Transportation Planning Excellence Awards

Federal Highway Administration & Federal Transit Administration

Co-sponsored by the American Planning Association

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Program Overview

The purpose of the 2008 Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration Transportation Planning Excellence Awards (TPEA) Program is to recognize outstanding initiatives across the country to develop, plan, and implement innovative transportation planning practices. The TPEA Program is co-sponsored by the American Planning Association.

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Award Selection Process

Awards were granted to projects, processes, and groups that have made outstanding contributions to the field of transportation planning. An independent panel of judges selected the award winners, using the following criteria: innovation; community and public involvement; partnerships and collaboration; multimodalism; equity; sustainability; demonstrated results/effectiveness/replication/transferability; and
category-specific considerations.

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Award Categories

Nominations were solicited in the following categories:

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Program Agenda

Welcome/Opening Remarks:
Ms. Gloria Shepherd, Federal Highway Administration

Award Presentations:
Mr. James Cheatham, Federal Highway Administration
Mr. Charles Goodman, Federal Transit Administration
Mr. Richard Lukas, American Planning Association

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Award Winners

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
Center for Environmental Excellence Practitioner's Handbooks Series

Montana Department of Transportation, Rail, Transit & Planning Division
Montana Comprehensive Highway Safety Plan and Tribal Safety Planning

Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
Regional Concept for Transportation Operations for Metro Detroit

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Wisconsin DOT Traffic Operations Infrastructure Planning

Kawerak, Inc., Transportation Department
Kawerak Tribal Transportation Planning

Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency
NOACA Regional Pavement Management System

Montana Department of Transportation; Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes; and FHWA Montana Division
Design of the US-93 Corridor Reconstruction from Evaro to Polson

The Town of Virgil, New York; New York State Department of Transportation, Community Planning and Assistance Unit; and Cortland County Planning Department
Town of Virgil: Land Use and Transportation Management Project

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; and New Jersey Department of Transportation
Smart Transportation Guidebook for New Jersey and Pennsylvania

City of Charlotte, North Carolina
City of Charlotte Transportation Action Plan

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
Project Region

Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
I-430/I-630 Interchange Modification Project: Use of Modeling in the Public Involvement Process

Oregon Department of Transportation
2006 Oregon Transportation Plan - Modeling

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Honorable Mentions

Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Public and Intermodal Transportation
Regional Planning for Rural Areas

Maine Department of Transportation; FHWA Maine Division Office; and General Services Administration
Calais, Maine - St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada New International Border Crossing

Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho
Communities in Motion: Regional Long-Range Transportation Plan 2030

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments
Moving Forward, Pikes Peak Area 2035 Regional Transportation Plan

Georgia Department of Transportation, Office of Planning
Georgia Truck Lanes Needs Identification Study

New Mexico Department of Transportation
Blazing a Trail for a Safer New Mexico

San Diego Association of Governments
Otay Mesa - Mesa de Otay Binational Corridor Strategic Plan

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority
New Paradigms: The Strategic Regional Transit Plan for South Florida

Montana Department of Transportation; Rail, Transit & Planning Division
Performance Programming Process

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2008 TPEA Panel Members

Brent Barnes, AICP, PP
Director, Systems Planning & Research NJ Department of Transportation

Nat Bottigheimer
Assistant General Manager, Planning and Joint Development
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Cheryl Cloud
Program Manager, Tribal Technical
Assistance Program
Michigan Technological University

Elizabeth Deakin
Associate Professor of City and Regional
University of California Transportation Center

Theodore K. Dahlburg
Manager, Office of Freight Planning
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

Gordon Garry
Director of Research and Analysis
Sacramento Area Council of Governments

Paul Hamilton
Chief Planner
Tri-County Regional Planning Commission

Sarath Joshua
ITS & Safety Program Manager
Maricopa Association of Governments

Ysela Llort
Assistant County Manager
Miami-Dade County

Michael Meyer
Professor, School of Civil and
Environmental Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology

Thomas Thomson, PE, AICP
Executive Director
Chatham County - Savannah Metropolitan
Planning Commission

Updated: 7/20/2012
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