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Posted on May 16, 2019 at 11:20 AM by Brooke Kochanski
PART works alongside dozens of local, regional and state
transportation groups to ensure that the Triad’s transportation needs are being
met — as well as planning for future needs.
Since our inception in 1998, we’ve been studying things like
congestion, economic growth and transit planning. We’ve spent just over 20
years finding ways to ease major regional concerns like the impacts of growth
and development on mobility or how large-scale transit infrastructure can
improve our daily lives.
One such initiative was the Piedmont Together project,
which brought together 290 people across 13 different civic forums hosted
across the region. Working together with experts and Triad citizens alike we created
more than 200 ideas to improve transit throughout our region.
One of the biggest takeaways from that effort was the
discovery that the number one challenge facing residents was the lack of
transportation options. This routinely caused families and businesses economic
hardship, whether that came from difficulty accessing jobs or recruiting viable
The lack of mobility options fuels the focus of the regional
modeling program and planning efforts. This four-part
initiative combines regional travel and freight modeling, transit ridership
estimation, socio-economic analysis, and cutting-edge planning tools.
Thanks to this multi-level program, our Metropolitan
Planning Organizations (MPOs) are able to save approximately $100,000 each year
due in large part to our coordination efforts. The regional modeling
program is managed in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of
Transportation’s (NCDOT) Planning Department and the Greensboro, Winston-Salem,
High Point, and Burlington-Graham MPOs.
We also keep a sharp eye trained on specific transit
planning needs in the Triad. For example, a 2016 bus
advertising campaign allowed us to analyze and propose solutions for funding
and purchasing bus stop amenities.
And our access to vital data from federal, state and local
agencies such as the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. DOT and NCDOT allows us to dial
into numbers big and small, giving us the information we need to make impactful
Through organizations like the Piedmont
Transportation Professionals (PTP), we’re able to stay in touch with
present and future leaders in the transportation sector. PTP facilitates
training opportunities conducted within the Piedmont Triad for professional
engineers and planners. Its diverse array of in-person forums provides
continuing education, networking opportunities and resources, including the
ability to earn AICP and PE credits.
But what does this all mean for our everyday PART riders? It
means that we’re joining forces with some of the most forward-thinking transit
professionals on a daily basis to improve the services and access to
opportunity to people in the Triad.
From clean air quality initiatives to adding more PART
Express routes to underserved areas, we’re working hard to improve
transportation throughout the Piedmont Triad. We are working toward a cleaner,
accessible and effective future, and the activities of our vast planning
efforts are helping us get there together.
To learn more about our regional planning
efforts, click here.