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Transportation Planning Exchange (TransPlex)
This year’s TransPlex attendees will work in groups to brainstorm planning
solutions for team challenges; meeting at designated times throughout the
session to plan, connect, and innovate ideas related to their team's assigned
challenge. These will be used as a hands-on method to apply information and
tools presented during breakout sessions. Participation in group activities is
highly encouraged to maximize the learning and networking benefits of TransPlex.
The Six Team Challenges:
Put yourself in the shoes of the planner of a small rural town that has a SIS facility running through it. You are tasked with determining how to accommodate interregional travel, improve safety, and capitalize on the economic benefits of the corridor, all while still preserving the community’s “small town” identity.
As a planner for a suburban area in a growing metropolitan region, you are excited to hear that a developer has just announced plans to begin construction on a large Brownfield/Greyfield development that was formerly a large shopping plaza/mall. The development will include both commercial and residential land uses and is denser than historically built. How will you handle the challenge of accommodating increased growth and addressing mobility and accessibility needs within the surrounding development pattern?
Future Transportation Corridor
The regional transportation planning agency you work for has decided it is time to start looking for solutions that support the future of a congested transportation corridor that connects two of Florida’s economic regions. In the briefing, the project manager notes that the natural environment constrains the existing facility so it cannot be widened. What solutions can you suggest that will improve the efficiency and mobility on the existing corridor while protecting the surrounding natural environment for years to come?
Regional Activity Center
You are a planner in one of Florida’s dense regional activity centers and are receiving seemingly contradictory demands from the public and local businesses. You need to identify strategies that can effectively support both parties. How do you balance the mobility needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users with the mobility needs of freight movement that supports economic activities? What strategies and technologies can you implement to create an environment where all types of users can safety and comfortably use the transportation system?
Connecting Industry Clusters
Your community has always relied on a single industry cluster and, until now, that cluster has been able to drive the local economy. As your community continues to grow, it is clear there is a demand for a wider variety of industries that compliment the industry already present. What types of transportation, land use, and investment decisions need to be considered to attract additional industries that will continue to support your growing community?
You are a developer that has purchased the development rights to a large parcel of land with access to a major interstate highway, including some environmentally sensitive areas. When completed, your development is expected to become part of a nearby urbanized area. A master planned community was laid out by the previous owners but the plans are outdated. What are some transportation solutions and land use decisions you would make to maximize the mobility and access of the community? What decisions will ensure this development successfully contributes to the nearby urbanized area while preserving the surrounding environment. How should the development be phased?