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Agency Roles

Agency Roles and Contacts

  • Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
  • Federal Higway Administration (FHWA)
  • Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
  • Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)

Federal Transit Administration

FTA FIELD STAFF

Role

FTA has charged its regional offices to work together with HUD, EPA and DOT sister agencies to foster a collaborative approach in using federal dollars to build and re-build America’s communities.

FTA regional staff are expected to discuss with grantees the overall context of new projects being funded, e.g.:  adjacent local/community initiatives, integration of station area design into the community form and use; identify simple fixes to enhance station appeal and safety (lighting, signage, etc.); identify nearby federally assisted housing development to leverage federal funding.

Emphasize transit usage of flexible funding (i.e., STP, CMAQ) and programming planning funds for livability purposes, while providing appropriate guidance and technical assistance.

Have grantees assess their facility inventories for underutilization, and develop corresponding plans for optimizing their use.

  • Promote joint development and other transit-oriented development opportunities with grantees.
  • Emphasize the community partnership role that transit agencies must play – a paradigm shift in many communities.
  • Inform grantees of resources available to learn more about livability and how they can better promote our principles.
  • Reach out to members of metropolitan planning organizations to remind them that they are community representatives and not just transit/transportation representatives.  They should examine how transit can be better aligned in their communities.

Regional Offices hold regular interagency meetings with their federal counterparts of HUD and EPA, but often expanded to also include DHHS, Centers for Disease Control, and DOL among other agencies.  Strategies and recommendations identified are reported back to headquarters for promulgation.

Regional staff participate in professional, public sector, and private forums to discuss promote FTA and DOT livability programs and goals.

FTA HEADQUARTER STAFF

FTA will host Town Hall Meetings and webinars for staff to inform them of planned programs and events.

FTA has established an internal “Livability Team” to development an array of livability and sustainable community related work products and activities, as well as the development of program proposals for reauthorization.

Federal rules and guidelines for transportation planning are jointly administered and support by FTA and FHWA. Accordingly, the following activities are jointly being implemented by the two agencies:

  • FTA and FHWA are jointly developing and implementing strategies for outreach to FTA Region and FHWA Division Offices in the implementation of sustainable community’s partnerships. This includes joint FTA/FHWA webinars such as “Let’s Talk Planning” and FHWA’s “Planning on the Web”;
  • FTA and FHWA are re-focusing resources from the joint Transportation Planning Capacity-Building program (www.planning.dot.gov) to provide technical assistance to transit agencies, MPOs, and State DOTs in techniques for effectively planning for sustainable, livable communities, as well as disseminating Sustainable Communities training materials to FTA Region and FHWA Division Offices.
  • FTA and FHWA will provide support for Region and Division Offices and their respective transit agencies, State DOT’s, and MPOs through peer-to-peer exchanges, workshops, and conferences and other outreach opportunities in relation to Livability.
  • FTA and FHWA have included “Livability/Sustainability” as a category in the Transportation Excellence Awards to promote attention to projects of this type.

In addition, FTA is sponsoring the preparation of a variety of information resources for use in planning sustainable communities, such as the Mixed Income TOD Action Guide, which is a tool for local jurisdictions working to foster TOD around planned transit stations by assisting practitioners identify the most appropriate and effective planning tools for achieving mixed income housing in their transit station areas. Other informational resources are noted on the websites referenced separately on the FAQ page.

Livability and our Strategic Goals

From the Federal Transit Administration’s point of view, Livability is not a new concept. In fact, at FTA we think that we have always been “all about livability.”  Key Federal Transit initiatives supporting sustainability include:

  • Improving mobility and accessibility;
  • Promoting TOD and joint development;
  • Improving housing affordability; and
  • Coordinating land use- transportation planning

Building livable communities involves far more than transportation or transit.   We have a head start in integrating land use principles into existing FTA programs.  Our greater challenge is further leveraging FTA investments with other federal, governmental and private resources.

For instance, integrating transportation planning with housing and community development planning will not only improve connectivity and influence how people choose to travel, but will also enable communities to consider the design of transportation and land use simultaneously.  Transit provides a catalyst for targeted economic development in existing and proposed station areas, thereby enhancing the economic health and vitality of communities.

As part of the larger transportation system, a network of highly interconnected regional, urban, local and rural public transportation services will have a vital role in providing mobility and access for every American within and between our communities, ensuring that people can move comfortably and efficiently wherever they want to go.   FTA is committed to maintaining the nation’s bus and rail systems in a state of good repair.  This is crucial if public transportation systems are to provide safe and reliable service to their daily ridership.

    Contacts
FTA Liaison – Kate Mattice
(202) 493-0239
Katherine.mattice@dot.gov

    Policy Lead – Sharon Pugh
(202) 366-0713
Sharon.pugh@dot.gov

    Planning Lead – Jeff Price
(202) 366-4280
Jeff.price@dot.gov

    Bike/Pedestrian Lead – Matt Lesh
Matthew.lesh@dot.gov
(202) 366-0953

    Human Service Transportation Lead - Doug Birnie
Douglas.birnie@dot.gov
(202) 366-1666

Federal Higway Administration

FHWA FIELD STAFF

Role

FHWA headquarters is providing direction to the Division Offices on working collaboratively with the other members of the Sustainable Partnership (HUD, EPA, and FTA).A task has been added to FHWA’s Strategic Implementation Plan requiring the Division Offices to measure the number of Long Range Plan Updates that include a Livability Section. The Livability section must show how the MPO or state DOT will improve transportation options and foster a collaborative approach in using federal dollars to build and re-build America’s communities.

FHWA Headquarters:

FHWA Office of Planning will develop strategies to promote and support outreach to Division Offices in the implementation of sustainable community’s partnerships. This includes webinars such as “Let’s Talk Planning” and “Planning on the Web”.

FHWA Office of Safety supports the use of Road Safety Audits (RSA), a safety assessment process that can assist communities to identify and address safety problems. An RSA is a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent and multi-disciplinary team. It estimates and reports on potential road safety issues and identifies opportunities for improvements in safety for all road users. FHWA encourages each State Department of Transportation (DOT) to develop an RSA policy to establish criteria for conducting RSAs on highway projects. States also work with communities to conduct RSAs.

The FHWA Office of Safety will continue to offer technical assistance on the RSA process including guidelines, case studies and tools to assist state, local, tribal and regional agencies conduct RSAs. FHWA has also developed guidelines for conducting Pedestrian RSAs. RSAs should be of particular interest as communities focus on creating livable and safe communities. The website for RSAs is: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/rsa/.

FHWA will provide Capacity Building and Oversight in the dissemination of Livability Training and training materials to Division Offices. This includes a Livability Guidebook and other materials that are in development.

FHWA will provide support for Division Offices and their respective State DOT’s and MPOs through peer-to-peer exchanges, workshops, and conferences and other outreach opportunities in relation to Livability.

FHWA Office of Planning has included “Livability/Sustainability” as a category in the Transportation Excellence Awards to promote projects of this type.

FHWA HQ will inform all Division offices on resources available to learn more about livability, and how they can better promote the principles of Livability on an on-going basis.

Head Quarters has developed an interagency map and contact list has been developed to help field planners in meeting these goals.

FHWA Field Offices

FHWA Division Offices will promote the implementation of Livability with outreach to MPOs and State Departments of Transportation and encourage them to include livability components as part of their Long Range Plan Updates or State Transportation Improvement Programs. Emphasis will be given to a performance based planning approach with appropriate guidance and technical assistance provided as needed.

FHWA Division Offices will work with State Departments of Transportation to include livability components that are based on data-driven safety needs in their Strategic Highway Safety Plans.

FHWA Division Livability Contacts will provide additional outreach as requested to members of metropolitan planning organizations and state DOTs and others in support of Livability and provide information on current programs that support livability.

Each FHWA Division Office has established a primary and secondary contact for Livability and Sustainability and can be a resource for MPOs and State DOTs for Livability related info.

FHWA Division Offices will support, as requested, interagency meetings with their federal counterparts of FTA, HUD and EPA.

FHWA Division Office staff will participate in professional, public sector, and private forums to profess DOT livability programs and goals.

FHWA has established an internal “Livability Team” to development an array of livability and sustainable community related work products and activities, as well as the development of program proposals for reauthorization.

Livability and our Strategic Goals

FHWA initiatives supporting sustainability include:

  • Improving mobility and accessibility with a wide array of applications;
  • Promoting highway technologies that support livability;
  • Support the coordination of land use planningand transportation planning

Comprehensive land use and transportation planning is one of the keys to insuring that future development patterns provide citizens with transportation choices and access to economic and recreational opportunities. FHWA supports the integration of land use planning with existing FHWA programs and the leveraging of federal investments with other federal, governmental and private resources in support of communities that provide multiple transportation options to their residents.

As part of the larger transportation system, highways play a vital role as part of the intermodal transportation system that supports livable communities. Highways will continue to provide mobility and access for every American within and between our communities, ensuring that people can move comfortably and efficiently.FHWA is committed to maintaining the nation’s highway system in the best possible manner and to providing incentives for adopting new technologies and innovations to manage congestion and improve efficiency.It is crucial to support livable communities with a transportation system that is safe, reliable and sustainable.

Contacts
FHWA Office of Planning:

Shana Baker
202- 366- 4649
Shana.Baker@dot.gov

Fred Bowers
202-366-2374
Frederick.Bowers@dot.gov

Sharlene Reed
202-366-9629
Sharlene.Reed@dot.gov

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager
Gabe Rousseau
202-366-8044
Gabe.rousseau@dot.gov

Transportation Enhancements Program Manager
Christopher Douwes
202-366-5013
Christopher.douwes@dot.gov

Safe Routes to School Program Manager
Rebecca Crowe
804-775-3381
Rebecca.crowe@dot.gov

Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Team Leader
Tamara Redmon
(202) 366-4077
Tamara.Redmon@dot.gov

Pedestrian RSA
Dick Schaffer
202-366-2176
Dick.Schaffer@dot.gov

Maritime Administration

MARAD GATEWAY OFFICE STAFF

Role

Gateway Office staff should communicate frequently with MARAD headquarters as the Livability Initiative progresses, sharing industry views with headquarters.Gateway Office staff should also monitor the Department of Transportation’s main Livability website to keep current on the Department’s progress and activities in Livability.

Contacts

Janice Weaver
202-366-4468
Janice.Weaver@dot.gov

Livability and our Strategic Goals

The Maritime Administration is working closely with other modal administrations of the Department of Transportation to define the role of water transportation in meeting Livability objectives.Most maritime activities involve the commercial movement of freight, which can significantly impact the ability of businesses to support communities and also affect the quality of life in communities through which freight moves.

Federal Aviation Administration

FAA FIELD STAFF

Role

The FAA is presently working on environmental, congestion mitigation, and intermodal projects. Our aim is to improve American communities and make flying a better experience for the traveling public.The following web links provide access to current Office of Airports environmental programs and initiatives related to livability.

VALE is a national program to reduce airport ground emissions at commercial service airports located in designated air quality nonattainment and maintenance areas. The program was established under the Vision 100 Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-176). The VALE Program allows airport sponsors to use the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and Passenger Facility Charges (PFCs) to finance low emission vehicles, refueling and recharging stations, gate electrification, and other airport air quality improvements.

http://www.faa.gov/airports/environmental/vale/

The Airport Environmental Program helps airports implement the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other Federal environmental laws and regulations. This includes airport noise compatibility planning (Part 150), airport noise and access restrictions (Part 161), environmental review for airport development, and the application of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970.

http://www.faa.gov/airports/environmental/

The FAA Office of Airports works cooperatively airport sponsors on outreach when conducting planning and environmental studies.Various Advisory Circulars and orders specify the involvement of the public during the NEPA process and master planning studies.

Contacts
Larry MacDonald—Primary contact
Lawrence.MacDonald@FAA.gov
202-267-3568

Gisele Mohler--General Policy & Congestion
Gisele.Mohler@FAA.gov

Chris Hugunin—Airports & Intermodal
Christopher.Hugunin@FAA.gov

Julie Marks—Environment
Julie.Marks@FAA.gov

Livability and our Strategic Goals

Livability is a concept that precipitates many FAA projects. Our efforts to control environmental impacts, reduce congestion, and make airports more accessible are just some projects directly linked to DOT’s Livability Initiative. We are always motivated to make life better for the flying public and local communities.

Perhaps the single biggest challenge for the FAA is to upgrade the technologies and operations used to manage air traffic. This transformation is known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System(NextGen) and includes several programs, which will achieve livability goals. For example, NextGen will provide environmental protection that allows sustained aviation growth. The goals of this program are:

  • Absolute reduction of significant community noise and air quality emissions impacts
  • Reduce significant aviation impacts associated with water quality
  • Limit or reduce the impact of aviation GHG emissions on the global climate
  • Improve NAS energy efficiency and availability, including aircraft and air traffic operations and alt fuels development

Federal Railroad Administration

FRA FIELD STAFF

Role

FRA’s role in this initiative is to:

Increase the capacity and reach of public transportation to better meet growing travel demand and improve transit connectivity to intercity (and high-speed) rail, airports, and roadways and walkways; and Improve efficiency of public transportation access and connectivity to intercity (and high-speed) rail, airports, and roadways and walkways, to reduce and make reliable passenger travel times and increase the benefits of transportation investments; Ensure that more rural areas are provided reliable means of quality public transportation services to connect them to activity, service, employment and transportation centers now only accessible by automobile; and FRA’s work with high speed rail is also supportive of the livability initiative and the administration’s focus on increased mobility and decreased environmental impact. Outreach for “Vision of High-Speed Rail in America”— in support of the Administration,

FRA will take a collaborative approach to formulate the program; will work with stakeholders; gather feedback; educate the public through a series of outreach methods (meetings, events, focus groups, website information) and provide support to grant awardees.

Contact
Timothy Barkley
202-493-1305
timothy.barkley@dot.gov

Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)

Role

RITA works with the operating administrations in DOT, and stakeholders in government and the private sector, to advance research and technology critical to the safety, efficiency and livability of our nation’s transportation system.Transportation is directly linked to the vitality of our communities and should promote livability by supporting economic prosperity, public health and quality of life.This means that decision-makers need to create transportation systems that not only consider travel, but also housing, jobs, recreation, healthcare, and other elements of a thriving community.

RITA’s multi-modal research programs are helping communities improve livability through innovation, whether transportation planners need data to create a safe network of urban bike paths, or to help commuters take a most efficient route to work.

Livability and our Strategic Goals

RITA works with the Secretary of Transportation and the DOT operating administrations in DOT, to ensure that Departmental research and development is coordinated and aligned with national priorities, including livability.

RITA supports livability by:

  • Advancing multi-modal technologies and innovative solutions to livability challenges;
  • Coordinating DOT research activities and initiatives, including those that impact livability;
  • Collecting, analyzing and reporting key data and statistics that support national and local efforts to improve livability;
  • Strengthening workforce development, training and education to ensure the transportation professionals of today, and tomorrow, are prepared to tackle emerging challenges like livability.

Contacts
Robin Kline – RITA Primary
(202) 366-2732
Robin.Kline@dot.gov

William M. Lyons – Volpe Center
(617) 494-2579
William.Lyons@dot.gov
Sarah Musler – Transportation Safety Institute
(405) 954-3677
sarah.musler@dot.gov

Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012