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Bus Network Redesigns - Responding to the Current & Future Needs of Our Community


TTA Transit Lunch & Learn - Feb 1 - 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM - TOPIC: The Infrastructure Bill & What it Means for Tarrant County - Zoom Webinar - $15 Tickets

A TTA & TCNT Transit Lunch & Learn Webinar

In 2013, when Harris County Metropolitan Transit Authority (Houston Metro) started looking at its bus service, they found an outdated network that was costly and inefficient. It wasn’t meeting the basic needs of its riders. Houston Metro sought to change the perception of riding the bus by modernizing the network and integrating other modes. With a focus on public outreach, emerging trends, and expert advice, metros across the state have redesigned their bus networks to meet the changing needs of customers, while balancing the old patterns of longtime riders. During this webinar, we’ll hear from transit agency experts from across the state, including our hometown team, and explore what brought about the change in thinking, why the new focus on the bus, how changing transportation modes are impacting the network, and how they balance the many different demands on the system. We’ll also talk about how the pandemic has impacted these efforts.


Wed, April 27, 2022 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Online On Zoom


This Webinar is approved for AIA LUs & it's approved for 1.5 credits (Event #9246235)

This webinar may be eligible for other CEU or PDh credits


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$15 General Admission

$12 TTA or TCNT Members

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TTA & TCNT Annual Sponsors receive a certain number of free tickets to Lunch & Learns.

Please contact hello@tarranttransitalliance.org to get more information.

PREREQUISITE EDUCATION OR EXPERIENCE: This course is considered introductory, and no prior education or experience is required.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES:


Through the presentations of five transit agencies at different points on the timeline of a bus network redesign, participants and planners will discover:

  1. Factors that lead to the need for a new bus network

  2. How to set goals and manage expectations of leadership and decision makers

  3. How to identify stakeholders before implementation and what to do when stakeholders are discovered after implementation

  4. Successful public outreach methods and lessons learned from less impactful methods

  5. How to increase service on the same budget

  6. Expert resources that can help in the planning and implementation process





FEATURING


Lawrence Deeter

Principal Planner Capital Metro

Lawrence Deeter is a Transit Planner with 30 years of experience in both public and private sectors. He has helped improve transit service in small communities, large metropolitan areas, and everything in between. He is currently a member of the Short-Range Planning team at Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin, TX.


Chad Edwards

Vice President of Planning and Development Trinity Metro

Chad Edwards, a public transit professional with more than 20 years of experience, has joined Trinity Metro as Vice President of Planning & Development in June of 2021. Edwards will oversee planning, scheduling, government relations, facilities, grants and project management.


He previously served as the assistant director and regional mobility and innovation officer for the City of Fort Worth, where he managed the Transit Moves Fort Worth transit plan to create a 25-year projection for future transit investment. His other experience includes working as an assistant vice president for capital planning at DART and as program manager at the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG),


Edwards earned a Bachelor of Arts in geography with a minor in environmental studies from Texas Tech University. He earned a Master of City and Regional Planning and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. He serves as the co-chair of the Metropolitan & Municipality Planning Subcommittee for the American Public Transportation Association and as a member of the Surface Transportation Technical Committee for NCTCOG.


Kammy Horne, AICP

Senior Vice President of Development VIA Metropolitan Transit

As Senior Vice President of Development and Planning for VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio Texas, Kammy Horne is responsible for service and capital planning, capital engineering, passenger amenities, and real estate acquisition and management. Kammy is currently leading many of the VIA efforts implementing new developments for the agency under Keep San Antonio Moving, the voter-approved plan designed to improve the transit system by expanding trip options, investing in capital projects, exploring new technology, and putting resources where they are needed. Kammy and her team are also responsible for planning the expansion of the agency’s newest mobility service, VIA Link, on-demand transit, currently operating in the Northeast, Northwest, and Sandy Oaks portions of VIA’s service area. Kammy currently serves as the Vice Chair of the American Public Transportation Association’s Policy, Planning, and Program Development Committee and was appointed to represent VIA on the City of San Antonio’s Climate Ready Technical Advisory Committee. Kammy is also currently chairing the WTS San Antonio Region’s Leadership Development Program.

Kammy is a 2021 graduate of the ENO Transportation Senior Executive Program and a 2012 graduate of Leadership APTA. She is a 2015 graduate of the WTS Executive Leadership Program and a 2009 graduate of the mid-career WTS Leadership Program. Kammy is a member of the 2019 Leadership Austin Class and is beginning her journey with Leadership San Antonio Class 46.

Previously working in the private sector, Kammy has worked on numerous programs and projects directly for agencies around the country including the Utah Transit Authority, Utah Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Transportation, Valley Metro in Phoenix, Arizona, Washington DC Department of Public Works, Capital Metro, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit. She earned a Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Long Island University in Southampton, New York.


Kurt Luhrsen

Vice President of Bus Operations Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

Kurt Luhrsen has been with the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County for thirteen years and is currently the Vice President of Bus Operations. He has over 25 years of transportation planning and operations experience in both the public and private sector with special emphasis in transit service design and evaluation, scheduling, bus rapid transit development, transit facility design, and fare policy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies & Planning from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from UCLA.



Robert Smith

Interim VP, Service Planning & Scheduling Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Rob Smith became the Interim VP of the Service Planning group in late 2020, having previously served as DART’s Assistant Vice President of Service Planning and Scheduling since September 2006. His group is responsible for service planning and scheduling for DART bus and rail services, DART’s vanpool program, various site-specific bus shuttle operations, service analysis efforts, bus stop placement and construction of amenities, construction of smaller facility projects, and other miscellaneous short-term transit projects. Over the past two years, he has personally managed DART’s Bus Network Redesign project, which resulted in a complete restructuring of DART bus service in January 2022.


Rob has almost 40 years of experience in the transit industry dating back to 1982, focusing on transit service planning and scheduling activities. His transit roles have included over 15 years at DART, 11 years working at Capital Metro in Austin, 10 years with the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority, two years as a private transit consultant, and planning and programming work for Chapel Hill Transit in North Carolina.



MODERATOR

Brad Lonberger, AIA, AICP, CNU-A

Principal - Place Strategies, Inc.
Co-Founder - Brixton Development Group
Secretary - Tarrant Transit Alliance

Brad is an architect, urban designer, and policy mechanic focused on creating inviting and walkable spaces for real communities. His work has paved the way for top-rated walkable neighborhoods and downtowns that are cherished by residents and visitors alike. Brad believes in the authenticity of a community being the driving force behind attracting tourism and employment in today’s experience economy.


Brad has built a brand of implementation excellence, balancing the predictability that cities want with the flexibility that developers need. He is often mediating (translating) between municipal staff and developers to present old and new ideas to improve our aging infrastructure and catalyze private reinvestment. Brad has crafted a recipe for success for each of his client communities that build on their culture, but expand their opportunities and investment profile.









Questions? Rachel Albright Tarrant Transit Alliance Rachel@TarrantTransitAlliance.org


or


Christy Willhite

Transit Coalition of North Texas

cwillhite@transitnorthtexas.org



About the Tarrant Transit Alliance: The Tarrant Transit Alliance works with contributors, community officials, and regional leaders to build support for funding regional transit in Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Our purpose is to educate, empower and mobilize policy to serve our entire region. We are committed to:

  • Galvanizing community support for transit and transit-oriented development

  • Providing information on the benefits of transit

  • Developing regional agreement on strategies for funding transit

  • Advocating for dedicated funding for regional and local transit


About the Transit Coalition of North Texas: The Transit Coalition of North Texas (TCNT) was created in April of 2011 as a non-profit, 501C(6) tax exempt corporation, to utilize advocacy, education and communication, focused on key stakeholders, to advance transit projects in North Texas

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