TIGER Grant Applications due April 28
By Jessica Roberts, Alta Planning + Design
The U.S. DOT has announced the sixth round of the TIGER (Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery) grant program. Bicycle and pedestrian investments, alone and as part of multimodal initiatives, are eligible project types, and the program evaluation criteria emphasize efficient transportation life-cycle costs, health, access to jobs and increasing transportation choices for all--criteria that are well-met by bicycle and pedestrian projects. Applications are due April 28.
Most of the TIGER VI requirements are identical to the last round: for urban projects, the minimum TIGER grant request is $10 million with a 20 percent match requirement, bringing the overall minimum project value to $12.5 million. Match funds may not be federal sources, and most communities are overmatching significantly, by more than 3:1 local to federal dollars. Only government agencies may apply and projects must have transportation value (not purely recreational).
A quantitative Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) is required that monetizes the value of benefits in the primary selection criteria area (such as value of lives saved, value of emissions reduced, etc.). The USDOT has published a detailed guide to assembling a BCA (http://tinyurl.com/mzv2946), and will host a webinar on this topic on March 26.
Changes for this round include adding back planning grants ($35M of the overall $600M), and allowing a longer time frame for grant obligation, which means that communities have more time to get their ducks in a row (there is slightly less emphasis on "shovel-ready" projects). Nevertheless, applicants must demonstrate to the U.S. DOT that right-of-way acquisition, NEPA compliance, and adoption of projects into relevant planning documents will not hold up the project or cause budget overruns.
For more information about the TIGER VI program, including the complete Notice of Funding Availability and information about three upcoming webinars, visit http://www.dot.gov/tiger. APBP hopes to see many strong bike/ped TIGER applications and awards, benefiting communities around the country. Learn more via these webinars:
March 12 – How to Compete for TIGER Discretionary Grants
March 19 – Preparing a TIGER Planning Grant Application
March 26 – Preparing a Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) for a TIGER Discretionary Grant
State of the Practice
> The new EcoMobility Alliance seeks pioneer cities worldwide--see if your city is ready. Seven core elements of an EcoMobile city reflect an encouraging shift in travel behaviour. Learn more at http://www.ecomobility.org
> Track the latest complete streets policy successes via @completestreets on Twitter and www.completestreets.org View a video about Charlotte, N.C.’s complete streets policy here. Got a complete streets design conundrum? Bring it on! Submit your puzzle to Linda Tracy, then mark your calendar for three complete streets design webinars on April 30, July 30 and October 29. Expert Complete Streets instructors turn design conundrums into concrete solutions. These webinars are free for APBP members.
> Check out RideShareNation, launched last week by the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA). The website is dedicated to news, resources, finance and discussion about connecting all forms of ride sharing into a cohesive network that builds mobility options, reduces congestion and improves the environment. The site features The Versatility of Cycling: Programs Evolve to Respond to Diverse Customer Needs created by the National Center for Mobility Management.
> April 7 to 13 is National Public Health Week. Make 2014 the year you add public health allies to your robust interdisciplinary team. This year, the theme is Public Health: Start Here. Visit http://www.nphw.org/ to see how the work you do to advance active transportation fits into this year’s effort to improve health and celebrate healthy, active lifestyles. Your local public health department offers strategic allies to connect with today. You’ll be glad you did!
> Active transportation is a primary way to prevent childhood obesity so it’s only natural that safe routes to school is an element of school wellness policies. On February 26, the proposed rule for school wellness policies was published in the Federal Register. Read more about it here and comment before the public comment period closes on April 28, 2014. Take this opportunity to connect with your local school district or PTA.
Education and Training> March 7, 1:00 p.m. EST "Women and Transportation Planning: Understanding Gender Issues" APA's Planning and Women Division, in partnership with the Transportation Planning Division, hosts a lively discussion on the issues faced by women in mobility around the world. Speakers include APBP's own Executive Director, Kit Keller, and three other accomplished women. Free; register here (1.5 CM credits).
> March 11, 1:00 p.m. EDT "U.S. Federal Policy Update" Learn about asks and answers at the National Bike Summit. Sponsored by APBP, the Alliance for Biking and Walking, and the League of American Bicyclists. Free; register here (Members of APBP, ABW, and LAB only).
> March 19, 3:00 p.m. EDT "All In: The Value of Investing in Complete and Green Streets” Changing the way streets are designed and operated requires more than great policy; a commitment across departments and stakeholder groups is needed to create and implement guidelines that bring policy to life. This webinar explores an excellent example of a comprehensive initiative: Boston Complete Streets. Boston’s fully committed, “all in” approach to complete streets helps the city realize the full range of economic and social benefits that arise from investing in streets that are multimodal, green and smart.
This presentation offers insights into the collaboration within the city to develop and implement the Boston Complete Street Guidelines. The Guidelines represent a fundamental change in Boston’s approach to street design and operations, and showcase Boston’s vision for becoming a more walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly, and livable city. Presenters from the City of Boston and Toole Design Group will discuss the Guidelines’ connection to placemaking and Complete Streets policy; the overarching principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability; and the next steps for the Guidelines’ development. $50 per site APBP members ($85 non-members); register here (1.0 CM credit applied for; 1.0 PDH).
> March 20, 2:00 p.m. EDT "Walking Shouldn't Be Hazardous to Your Health, Part 1: Keeping Pedestrians Safe in Urban and Suburban Settings" Free; register here.
> March 20-21, Transit and Cities: Past, Present, Future. Conference hosted by UC-Berkeley Institute of Urban and Regional Development; details here.
> March 26, 3:00 p.m. EDT, “Women of Courage, Character and Commitment Moving Active, Sustainable Transportation Forward” APBP’s fifth annual Women Cycling webinar riffs on the Women’s History Month theme which honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Speakers include TRB’s Kathryn Kortum (engineering), APA’s Anna Ricklin (public health) and Tiffany Robinson of the RBA Group (planning). Leah Treat, Director of Portland Bureau of Transportation, is invited. Free; register here.
> April 14-16, 5th International Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation Details here.
Welcome new APBP members!
Join us in welcoming these new members who joined APBP in January and February. Connect with them online: sign in to www.apbp.org and search the member directory.
Mike Armstrong, Portland State University; Sara Barz, UC Berkeley; Jim Brown, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; Ann Bueche, Be Kind. Redesign; Sarah Coakley, Delaware DOT; Angelica Diaz, UC Irvine Transportation and Distribution Services; Richard Dilluvio, City of Pasadena; Sean Dooley; William Dunn, HUB-Richmond; Willie Erb, E&E Metal Fab; Anne Eshleman, Alta Planning + Design; Krista Falkner; Michael Gay, Anderson Area Transportation Study; Brian Gaze; Kristen Hahn, Civiltech Engineering; Kevin Kokes, North Central Texas Council of Governments; Stosh Kozlowski; Paula Kreissler, Healthy Savannah; Christy Kwan, Alliance for Biking & Walking; Stephen Lassiter, Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee; Kimberly Lucas, District Department of Transportation; Rachel Morris, VCCool; Darin Ramsay, City of Kingston; Michael Repsch, Alta Planning + Design; Jolene Rieck, Peaks to Plains Design; Rachel Ruhlen, Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation; Greg Smith; Michael Sobol, Parsons Brinckerhoff; JT Sukits, Capital Region Planning Commission; Charlotte Troy, MassBike; Mariah VanZerr, City of Coronado; Sean Wiedel, Chicago DOT; Tom Woodfin; Jack Zabrowski.
APBP Member News and Opportunities
> Welcome to the new Boston chapter! APBP's fourth chapter, Boston joins Vancouver, B.C., the Bay Area and SoCal/Los Angeles. APBP chapters are member-driven and provide professional support and lively networks. Visit the website for more information or contact Phil Miller.
> APBP Live! Here’s how it works:
APBP members suggest topics (e-mail Kit Keller). Interested members meet to discuss and formulate proposed policies or best practices on those topics (usually on the second Thursday of the month). All APBP members can comment via the APBP Live! forum and/or participate in a free monthly webinar (usually on the fourth Thursday of the month). Once approved by the APBP Board, APBP Live! recommendations go public to help YOU advance your work.
The topic for March is mandatory helmet legislation.
• To participate in a small group discussion at 3pm ET on March 13, e-mail Kit Keller.
• To review and respond to the proposed position, visit the forum
• To register for the all-member meeting on March 27, click here
Click here to read the draft of APBP's U.S. Transportation Platform.
Got a topic for April, May or June? E-mail Kit Keller with subject line “APBP Live! topic”.
> APBP welcomes new Board of Directors members Vivian Coleman (City of Charlotte), Brooke DuBose (Fehr & Peers) and Brian Patterson (Urban Systems) have joined the 2014 board. Newly elected (or re-elected) officers are Jennifer Hefferan, President (D.C. DOT); Brett Hondorp, Vice President (Alta Planning + Design); Vivian Coleman, Secretary; and Craig Williams, Treasurer (Alta Planning + Design). Continuing on the Board are Douglas Adams (Sam Schwartz Engineering), Malisa Mccreedy (www.spplus.com), Norma Moores (IBI Group), Jessica Mortell (Toole Design Group) and Philip Pugliese (City of Chattanooga).
> Interested in running for the APBP Board? Three Board members are term-limited and can’t run again in 2015, opening three seats in the next election. Successful Board candidates usually have experience serving on APBP Action Teams. Contact Brett Hondorp if you’d like to run for the Board.
> Volunteer opportunities
Do you use your LinkedIn profile as your resume? Has your LinkedIn profile helped you land a job or make an amazing connection? APBP seeks examples for an upcoming webinar (date TBD) sponsored by the APBP Membership Action Team as part of APBP’s new mentor program. Contact APBP Board member Jessica Mortell with subject line “LinkedIn success story”.
Are you a cutting-edge writer or thinker? APBP seeks a member or team of members to write the monthly e-news, coordinate APBP’s social media and maintain APBP’s Facebook page. Contact Kit Keller with subject line “Communications Volunteer” or call (262) 375-6180.
APBP seeks members to populate Action Teams. Help us implement the Strategic Plan. Make a name for yourself while promoting APBP. To learn more, contact APBP Board President Jennifer Hefferan with subject line “Action Team”.
> March 14: Submission deadline for the XV International Conference on Walking and Liveable Communities in Sydney, Australia. www.walk21sydney.com. Conference themes are economic benefits of walking; healthy and active living; new innovative technologies; and the built environment.
> April 21-22: Portland, Oregon hosts the Active Transportation Summit. Topics include PSU team research on cycle tracks for the Green Lane Project, full day trainings on the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide or the NACTO Urban Streets Design Guide and mobile tours of Portland’s bicycle facilities. Register by March 31 to save http://oat-summit.com.
> April 23: Due date for FHWA call for proposals to “Advance Transportation Planning through Innovation and Research." For information and to apply, go to FebBizOpps.gov. Need more info? Contact Jennifer Johnson or (202) 366-0904.
> May 15: Early Registration ends for the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place Conference, September 8-11 in Pittsburgh. Join APBP in Pittsburgh for our annual meeting, member awards, board candidate speeches and happenin’ booth.
> November 21-24: Visit APBP at booth #907 at the ASLA conference in Denver.
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Thanks to this month’s APBP e-news contributors: Christopher Douwes, Roger Geller, Phil Miller, Jessica Mortell, Jessica Roberts (feature article) and Caryn Souza.