An LRTP is a process and resultant document containing planned improvements to a Metropolitan Area's transportation facilities for a 20-year horizon. This course begins with a discussion of the history of LRTPs via an overview of the planning issues that led to the creation of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and LRTPs. A presentation of the steps involved in an LRTP Update is given, as is an explanation of socio-economic data - the land use data that drives The Model. Also included is detailed discussion of how the LRTP impacts, and is impacted by, the Comprehensive Plan; the Land Development (Zoning) Code; transit plans; PD&E; and other studies. Worksheets are included; and a class exercise will be undertaken: The class will work together to develop a methodology to best integrate a PD&E for a hypothetical new roadway bisecting a major land development project with an LRTP.
|Welcome and Introduction
||Roster sign-in; worksheet distribution; agenda; schedule; informal discussion.|
|Introduction to LRTPs
||Overview and definition. Basic explanation of what an LRTP is, and how it relates to “The Model.” Brief description of other uses for The Model. Brief description of the relationship among the LRTP; Comprehensive Plan; and Zoning/Land Development Code
|History of MPOs and LRTPs
||Explanation of planning issues that led to the creation of MPOs and LRTPs
||Presentation of the steps involved in an LRTP Update. (Note: This is not a course in how to run travel demand forecasting software. But, at this juncture, an overview of how the model works will be presented, along with an explanation of how it interfaces with the overall LRTP process.)
||Explanation of socio-economic data - the land use data that drives The Model.
|LRTP and Other Plans
||Detailed discussion of how the LRTP impacts, and is impacted by, the Comprehensive Plan; the Land Development (Zoning) Code; transit plans; PD&E; and other studies
Elizabeth (Libby) Rodriguez is the President of Elizabeth Rodriguez & Associates, an FDOT DBE-certified transportation planning consulting firm. The company performs a wide-range of transportation planning tasks for both public and private sector clients. Ms. Rodriguez was previously employed by the Sarasota-Manatee MPO; Hillsborough County; and HART (Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority), in addition to working for several Tampa-area engineering firms. Ms. Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelors Degree in Urban Studies; she received a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Ball State University.
6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
0.6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)