Innovative Public Engagement Techniques for Transportation Projects

About the Workshop

Have you ever wondered how you could more effectively engage the public and stakeholders in transportation projects? Well here is your opportunity to see, hear, and touch the latest interactive public engagement tools being used by transportation professionals. This presentation will discuss the “Bottom Up” approach for developing transportation projects and effectively engaging the public in the development, screening, and selection of a preferred plan. You will get to see many of the tools used in the “Bottom Up” approach, including:

• Storyboarding the Process to the Public
• Maintaining Transparency
• Alternative Development Tools that you can see, hear, and touch
• Staging Venues for Optimal Performance
• Virtual Open Houses
• Interactive 3-D Models
• Demonstration Projects prior to selection and implementation
• Adopted Dynamic Transportation Plans

Marc Butorac and Kyle Meyer will engage you in an interactive presentation where you can both participate and also share your own successes in engaging the public on transportation related projects.

Registration & networking begins at 3pm and the TES workshop will start promptly at 3:30 and run to 5:30 pm on December 9th. Refreshments will be served as well. There is no cost to attend this session and the workshop is equal to 2.0 professional development hours (PDH).

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Dave Mills, the Portland Office Manager, at (503) 228-5230. We hope you can join us for this informative workshop on this fun and engaging topic.

About the Presenters

Marc Butorac, PE
Senior Principal Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Portland, OR

Marc’s experience in the "Bottom Up" public engagement process has come through his management and oversight of numerous transportation system plans, corridor and access management plans, and interchange area management plans (IAMPs)across the nation, as well as his involvement in TRB’s visualization, access management, and public involvement committees. This experience has been further bolstered by his NCHRP research on public involvement in access management related projects, including NCHRP 3-99 Development and Application of Access Management Guidelines and NCHRP Synthesis 332 Access Location in Crossroads in the Vicinity of Interchanges. Through these experiences he has developed and refined processes that allow property and business owners, users of the facilities, and decision makers to effectively understand the issues, develop and compare alternatives, and selected preferred solutions. As part of these processes, Marc has developed and incorporated numerous low and high-tech engagement tools over the past decade that range from tactical learning models to virtual open houses.

Kyle Meyer
Web Developer/Graphic Designer, Kittelson & Associates, Portland, OR

Kyle's experience as a graphic designer and web developer have coalesced to create useful online communication tools in the transportation industry for the last five years. Kyle has created interactive websites, map-based commenting tools, videos, and virtual workshops to further the public's involvement on projects such as the Tigard Neighborhood Trails Plan and the 172nd / 190th Corridor Plan. These tools create a more relevant communication avenue for the younger generations, promoting more civic participation and complimenting more traditional public involvement methods.

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