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Peer Exchanges, Planning for a Better Tomorrow, Transportation Planning Capacity Building

Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program

— Peer Exchange Report —

Rural Transportation Planning

Location: Charleston, West Virginia
Date: June 1, 2007
Host: West Virginia DOT
Participants: Amy Kessler, North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning Organization, Ridgway PA (Keynote speaker)

Representatives from the following organizations:
West Virginia DOT
FHWA
City of Bridgeport, WV
Coalfields Expressway Authority
Blue-Gray Highway Authority
King Coal Highway Authority
Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle MPO
Shawnee Parkway Authority
US Army Corp of Engineers
Appalachian Regional Commission
Corridor G Regional Dev. Authority
Norfolk Southern Railroad
Central Appalachian Empowerment Zone
VirginiaTech
Greater Morgantown MPO
Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council
KYOVA MPO
New River Parkway Authority
Putnam County Development Authority
Tri-River Transit Authority

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Background
  3. Speaker Presentations
    1. Impacts of Transportation on Economic Development in West Virginia
    2. West Virginia Modal Presentations
    3. West Virginia Statewide Plan
    4. West Virginia Rural Planning & Development Council Example
    5. Keynote Presentation via the TPCB Peer-to-Peer Exchange Program
    6. Intermodal Facilities Solutions to Rural Freight Issues and Economic Development Considerations
  4. Facilitated Breakout Sessions
  5. Concluding Remarks / Peer Expert Recommendations
  6. For More Information
  7. Attachments
    1. Agenda
    2. List of Participants
    3. Workshop Evaluation Form

I. Summary

The following report summarizes the results of a Peer Workshop held through the Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Program, which is jointly sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The FHWA West Virginia Division office, the West Virginia Department of Highways and the Rahall Transportation Institute co-hosted a one-day workshop focused on rural transportation planning and more specifically how best to kick–off the update to West Virginia's Statewide Transportation Plan. More than seventy conference participants attended the session.

Experts from throughout West Virginia and FHWA gave presentations on their work and issues with which they are currently dealing. After the presentations, audience members were invited to join the discussion. Amy Kessler, Transportation Planning Director for the North Central Regional Planning Organization was invited to present her experiences with an established rural planning organization from Pennsylvania.

Major topics of Ms. Kessler's presentation included the roles and responsibilities of an RPO in PA, how they are funded, their involvement in statewide transportation planning, TIP, LRTP and UPWP development, the Local Technical Assistance (LTAP) program, and most importantly lessons learned.

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II. Background

The state of West Virginia is embarking on their first non-policy level Statewide Transportation Plan. Because WVDOT has responsibility for approximately 95% of the highway system, input and interest from its rural planning partners has waned in recent years. The co-sponsors of the workshop see this as an opportunity to spur the input and interest from rural and local planning partners, which will strengthen the statewide planning process.

The overall benefit from this peer–to–peer assistance is the strengthening of the rural planning process in West Virginia. The Workshop co–sponsors see this effort as a building block for future planning efforts throughout the state. The workshop's facilitated afternoon sessions were designed to brainstorm ways to improve rural transportation planning in West Virginia.

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III. Speaker Presentations

A. Impacts of Transportation on Economic Development in West Virginia:

H. Tom Brown – Director of Community and Public Works, City of Bridgeport, West Virginia

  • Gave many examples of economic development activity in the Bridgeport region.
  • "Transportation planned well leads to economic development."

B. West Virginia Modal Presentations:

Cindy Butler – WVDOT State Rail Authority

  • Railroads are the economic lifelines to the communities they serve.
  • West Virginia has "rail banked" 260 miles of rail lines that serve as trails now, but could be returned later to rail service.
  • West Virginia owns and operates two shortline rail roads.

Susan Chernenko – WVDOT Aeronautics Commission

  • Described West Virginia's small, but growing air service system.
  • Noted that access to the air facility is key to its success, and that runway length can be a determining factor in a facility's success.

Jim Sothen – WVDOT Division of Highways

  • It will take 200+ years of funding at the current rate to cover all of the transportation needs West Virginia has identified for the next 20 years.

Fawn Thompson – Federal Highway Administration, Resource Center, Atlanta, GA

  • Presented the basics of the federal-aid system.
  • Provided examples of different MPO and State DOT Planning products
  • Introduced the concept of project selection and prioritization.

C. West Virginia Statewide Plan:

Wes Stafford – Wilbur-Smith & Associates

  • Indicated that this event is the kick-off meeting for the update of the WV Statewide Transportation Plan. Development of the Statewide plan can be an 18 month to 2 year process.
  • Noted that the plan provides a blueprint for capital development
  • The process will be strong on public participation
  • The process and plan will coordinate land use and economic development
  • The plan will look at all modes and touch on:
    • Economic Development
    • Tourism
    • Freight/Goods Movement
    • Program Development
  • Additional funding is NOT a given
    • Will need to look at priorities, choices and consequences
  • Scenario planning
    • Modernization
    • Preservation
    • Expansion
Wes Stafford presenting the kick-off of the WV Statewide Transportation Plan.
Figure 1: Wes Stafford presenting the kick-off of the WV Statewide Transportation Plan.

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D. West Virginia Rural Planning & Development Council Example:

Fred Rader – Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, Parkersburg, WV

  • WV includes
    • 11 Regional Development Councils
    • 6 of them are MPOs
    • 5 have no planning staff in-house
  • Work through many national and regional associations
    • National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)
    • Rural Planning Organizations of America (RPO America)
  • Local agencies are concerned about not being able to set transportation planning and programming priorities within their regions.

E. Keynote Presentation via the TPCB Peer-to-Peer Exchange Program:

Amy Kessler — North Central Rural Planning Organization, Ridgway, Pennsylvania

  • An RPO in Pennsylvania is an organization of local stakeholders who provide a forum for local decision-making on transportation issues of a regional nature
  • Originally established in 1992 based on the 7 Appalachian Regional Commission's Local Development Districts or LDD's
  • RPOs have the exact same primary planning responsibilities as MPOs in PA
    • UPWP
    • TIP
    • LRTP
    • Public Participation
Amy Kessler's presentation on the rural transportation planning process in Pennsylvania. Figure 2: Amy Kessler's presentation on the rural
transportation planning process in Pennsylvania.
  • How are RPOs funded in PA?
    • Funding is allocated to PA RPOs based on a formula that accounts for population, land area, and the complexity of the area's transportation system
      • Federal funds from FHWA and FTA (STP)
      • State Government
      • Local Government
      • Public Private Partnerships
  • RPO Plan and TIP development follow the same process that an MPO would follow
  • Lessons learned include:
    • Need an RPO champion at the state and regional levels.
    • Increased awareness at the local level of how projects get funded.
    • The process must be a collaborative effort.
    • Communication is the key to success.
    • Staffing – regional planning issues have become more complex and require greater technical skills.

To see Amy Kessler's presentation, click here:
http://web2.ncentral.com/transportation/PDF/WV_1JUNE07_Presentation.pdf

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Keynote Presentation Q&A:

  • How is funding allocated to the RPOs in PA?
    • Similar to how funding is allocated to the MPOs in PA
    • TIP funding is formula-based decided in collaboration with PennDOT and other planning partners through a series of financial guidance workgroups
  • How do you set priorities for project implementation at the local/rural/regional level?
    • Collaborative process of identifying projects with PennDOT, County Planners, local officials and the public
    • Understanding the trends and issues affecting the region, needs of the system.
  • How are very large projects funded in rural areas if they exceed the targeted regional allocation?
    • As a part of the collaboratively-developed financial guidance, the state DOT has an allocation of "Spike" funding that it uses to supplement regional target allocations for large, statewide important projects.
Map of Pennsylvania showing county boundaries, and boundaries for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Rural Planning Organizations, and non-affiliated counties.

F. Intermodal Facilities — Solutions to Rural Freight Issues and Economic Development Considerations:

Mark Hammond — US Army Corp of Engineers

  • Efficient use of the state's waterways will allow the regions to prosper.
  • Access to surface transportation is key to a successful waterway system.
  • The Port of Huntington is the largest inland port in the US, and one of the largest ports in terms of tonnage moved.
  • Do not forget waterways in the Statewide Plan.

Dr. Robert Smith — Virginia Tech Department of Wood Science

  • 44 counties in rural WV generate 90% of the state's timber exports.
  • Traditionally these are small family-run businesses with fewer than 30 employees.
  • In the 1990s 7,000 jobs were lost in timber business in WV.
  • Today 55% of solid wood furniture is imported from China.

Dr. Dave Nutter — Virginia Tech Department of Economic Development

  • Roanoke Valley, VA Intermodal Terminal
    • A fee on rental cars in this region generates $23M/yr for rail projects.
    • Public Involvement is key to the development of these types of projects.
    • With public money comes public accountability.

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IV. Facilitated Breakout Sessions

After the panelists completed their presentations, the discussion transitioned into facilitated breakout sessions. Moderators posed two identical questions to participants in each breakout session. At the conclusion of the facilitated session, participants in each group were asked to vote on their top solutions for each question.

Question 1:    What would you like to see as the key focus areas for the upcoming WVDOT Statewide Transportation Plan? 
Question 2:    What mechanisms can be developed to help rural entities and State officials work together and enhance rural transportation and economic development? 


Group Responses:

Tom Smith — Division Administrator West Virginia Division, FHWA
  • Tom highlighted the top items for the upcoming WVDOT Statewide Transportation Plan.

Question 1 – Key focus areas for the upcoming WVDOT Statewide Transportation Plan:

  • Economic development.
  • Utilizing a corridor approach to analyze transportation needs.
  • Maintenance of the existing system should be given priority over system expansion.
  • Integration of the statewide plan with existing MPO transportation plans.
  • Development of an objective and transparent project selection process.
  • Ensuring an equitable share of transportation resources for rural areas in WV.

Question 2 – Mechanisms to help rural entities and State officials work together:

  • The WVDOT should conduct regional group meetings on a recurring basis to gather input on transportation issues.
  • Need to develop a statewide freight task force including members that would cut across all modes, urban and rural, private sector, shippers, etc.
  • The WVDOT needs to develop a more user-friendly website that encourages public input.
  • The WVDOT should lead an effort to initiate state mandated county comprehensive plans.
  • The WVDOT should utilize the Regional Planning & Development Councils more effectively to plan and advance transportation projects.
  • The WVDOT should consider and develop additional funding options for transportation.
 One of two facilitated breakout groups discussing next steps and the future of rural transportation planning in West Virginia.
Figure 3: One of two facilitated breakout groups discussing next steps
and the future of rural transportation planning in West Virginia

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V. Concluding Remarks / Peer Expert Recommendations

Each participant was asked to fill out an evaluation form at the end of the session.

  • As a whole, the feedback was very positive; participants rated the presentations and the format as being a positive networking opportunity.
  • Positive aspects specifically included the chance to hear from other states (PA), and to learn how an RPO could function within the planning process.
  • See Appendix C for sample evaluation form and an analysis of the responses that were turned in at the completion of the workshop.

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VI. For More Information

The FHWA West Virginia Division Office organized this workshop, and will serve as the main point of contact for future rural planning initiatives in the state.

Key Contact(s):Jeff Blanton
FHWA WV Division Office Planner
Address:700 Washington Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone:(304) 347-5436
Fax:(304) 347-5103
E-mail:jeffrey.blanton@fhwa.dot.gov

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VII. Attachments

A. Workshop Agenda

West Virginia Rural Transportation Planning Workshop
June 1, 2007
Charleston, West Virginia
7:30 to 8:00 amRegistration
8:00 amKeynote Address
    Paul Mattox – Cabinet Secretary, WVDOT
    Tom Smith – Division Administrator, FHWA WV Division
8:15 amKeynote Address
"Impacts of Transportation on Economic Development in West Virginia"

    H. Tom Brown, P.E., P.S. – Director of Community & Public Works, City of Bridgeport, WV
SESSION IModerator – Kevin Burgess, FHWA
8:45 amWVDOT Modal Presentations
    Cindy Butler, WVDOT, State Rail Authority
    Susan Chernenko, WVDOT, Aeronautics Commission
    Jim Sothen, WVDOT, Division of Highways
9:30 amRural Transportation Planning – An Overview
    Fawn Thompson, FHWA Resource Center, Atlanta, GA
10:00 amWV Statewide Transportation Plan
    Wes Stafford, Wilbur Smith & Associates
10:300 amBreak
10:045 amWest Virginia Rural Planning & Development Council Example
    Fred Rader, Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council
11:15 amPennsylvania Rural Planning Example
    Amy Kessler, North Central PA RPDC
11:45 amLuncheon
Running Fast! – Access to Opportunity in the Global Economy of the 21st Century

    J. Scott Hercik, Appalachian Regional Commission
SESSION IIModerator – Chris Fleming, WV public Port Authority
1:00 pmPrichard & Roanoke Valley Intermodal Facilities:
Solutions to Rural Freight Issues & Economic Development Considerations

    Patrick Donavan, WV Public Port Authority
    Chris Luebbers, Norfolk Southern Railroad
    Dr. Robert Smith, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Wood Science
    Dr. Dave Nutter, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Economic Development
    Mark Hammond, US Army Corp of Engineers
1:00 pmPrichard & Roanoke Valley Intermodal Facilities:
Solutions to Rural Freight Issues & Economic Development Considerations

    Patrick Donavan, WV Public Port Authority
    Chris Luebbers, Norfolk Southern Railroad
    Dr. Robert Smith, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Wood Science
    Dr. Dave Nutter, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Economic Development
    Mark Hammond, US Army Corp of Engineers
2:40 pmInstructions for Facilitated Session
    Jeff Blanton, FHWA, WV Division
2:45 pmBreak & Travel to Facilitated Session Rooms
    Blue Group–Salon D
    Green Group–Salon A
2:55 pmFacilitated Sessions
4:00 pmSummary of Facilitated Sessions
    Tom Smith, FHWA, WV Division
4:15 pmNext Steps & Closing Remarks
    Patrick Donovan, WV Public Port Authority
    Jeff Blanton, FHWA, WV Division
4:30 pmAdjourn

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B. List of Participants

Name   Organization Location Email Address
Bailey Don WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV dbailey@dot.state.wv.us
Blanton Jeff Federal Highway Administration Charleston, WV jeffrey.blanton@fhwa.dot.gov
Boyd Jason Buchart Horn Inc. Charleston, WV jboyd@bh-ba.com
Brown H. Tom City of Bridgeport Bridgeport, WV  
Browning Richard Coalfields Expressway Authority Pineville, WV richard.browning@verizon.net
Bryant Kenneth Buchart Horn Inc. Charleston, WV kbryant@bh-ba.com
Bryant Keith Thrasher Environmental Charleston, WV kbryant@thrashereng.com
Bumgarner Jamie RPM Engineers Charleston, WV jbumgarner@rpmengineers.com
Burgess Kevin Federal Highway Administration Charleston, WV kevin.burgess@fhwa.dot.gov
Burlingame Jack Blue-GrayHighway Authority Ravenswood, WV jdburlingame@verizon.net
Butler Cindy WVDOT–State Rail Authority Moorefield, WV ckbutler@dot.state.wv.us
Caldwell John WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV jcaldwell@dot.state.wv.us
Carr Brian WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV bcarr@dot.state.wv.us
Carr Harry DMJM Harris Morgantown, WV  
Chernenko Susan WVDOT–Aeronautics Commission Charleston, WV schernenko@dot.state.wv.us
Clevenger David TRC Engineers Charleston, WV dclevenger@trcsolutions.com
Compton Henry Federal Highway Administration Charleston, WV henry.compton@fhwa.dot.gov
Craig Michele Region II Planning & Development Council Huntington, WV mcraig@citynet.net
DeBoar Gerald King Coal Highway Authority Radnar, WV  
Donovan Patrick WVDOT–Public Port Authority Charleston, WV pdonovan@dot.state.wv.us
Dyche Ken Region 8 Planning & Development Council Petersburg, WV kdyche@regioneight.org
Elkhansa Hussein WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV helkhansa@dot.state.wv.us
Elliot Kathy Region II Planning & Development Council Huntington, WV kelliot@citynet.net
Fealy James Law Office of Philip R. Reale Charleston, WV jfealy@wvreale.com
Felton Mark Region 3 Planning & Development Council Charleston, WV markfelton@wvregion3.org
Fleming Chris WVDOT- Public Port Authority Charleston, WV cfleming@dot.state.wv.us
Gordon Robert Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle MPO Hagerstown, MD rgordon@hepmpo.net
Graham Tom Shawnee Parkway Authority Shady Spring, WV shanwneeparkway@yahoo.com
Grimmett Clyde Shawnee Parkway Authority Shady Spring, WV  
Hall Russell Michael Baker Jr. Inc. Charleston, WV rhall@mbakercorp.com
Hammond Mark US Army Corp of Engineers Huntington, WV  
Hammonds Tom WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV thammonds@dot.state.wv.us
Helton Tony Federal Highway Administration Charleston, WV tony.helton@fhwa.dot.gov
Hercik Scott Appalachian Regional Commission Washington, DC shercik@arc.gov
Huffman Shelley Corridor G Regional Development Authority Logan, WV shelleyd@southern.wvnet.edu
Jones Jocelyn Federal Highway Administration Baltimore, MD jocelyn.jones@fhwa.dot.gov
Keller Perry WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV pkeller@dot.state.wv.us
Kessler Amy North Central RPO Ridgeway, PA amy@ncentral.com
Lewis Randall E.L. Robinson Engineers Charleston, WV rlewis@elrobinson.com
Lilly Elizabeth WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV elilly@dot.state.wv.us
Luebbers Chris Norfolk Southern Railroad Norfolk, VA  
Lupardus Connie Central Appalachia Empowerment Zone Clay, WV clupardus@caez-wv.org
Mattox Paul WVDOT Charleston, WV pmattox@dot.state.wv.us
Mayes Michael WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV mmayes@dot.state.wv.us
Myers Tom WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV tmyers@dot.state.wv.us
Nutter Dave Virginia Tech University Blacksburg, VA  
Page Tom Skelly& Loy, Inc. Morgantown, WV tpage@skellyloy.com
Parsons Chet Greater Morgantown MPO Morgantown, WV parsons@plantogether.org
Penn Elwood GAI Consultants Inc. Charleston, WV e.penn@gaiconsultants.com
Pennell Cori Region 1 Planning& Development Council Princeton, WV corip@regiononepdc.org
Prichard B.G. King Coal Highway Authority Wayne, WV  
Rader Fred Regional Council Parkersburg, WV fred.rader@movrc.org
Reale Philip Law Office of Philip R. Reale Charleston, WV pareale@wvreale.com
Rice Doug KYOVA MPO Huntington, WV drice@citynet.net
Rogers Allison Michael Baker Jr. Inc. Charleston, WV arogers@mbakercorp.com
Salameh Saleem KYOVA MPO Huntington, WV ssalameh@citynet.net
Searls Tamara WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV tsearls@dot.state.wv.us
Sigmon Jody KYOVA MPO Huntington, WV jsigmon@citynet.net
Smith Robert Virginia Tech University Blacksburg, VA rsmith4@vt.edu
Smith Thomas Federal Highway Administration Charleston, WV thomas.smith@fhwa.dot.gov
Sothen James WVDOTþDivision of Highways Charleston, WV jsothen2@dot.state.wv.us
Stafford Wes Wilbur Smith Associates Charleston, WV wstafford@wilbursmith.com
Stevens Spencer Federal Highway Administration Washington, DC spencer.stevens@fhwa.dot.gov
Thomas L. Newton WVDOT–Public Port Authority Charleston, WV nannew1@verizon.net
Thompson Fawn Federal Highway Administration Atlanta, GA fawn.thompson@fhwa.dot.gov
Tolbert Doug New River Parkway Hinton, WV NRPA@verizon.net
Walton Gary Putnam County Development Authority Scott Depot, WV pcda@pcda.org
Warner Richard WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV rwarner@dot.state.wv.us
Watson Robert WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV rwatson@dot.state.wv.us
Werning Joseph Federal Highway Administration Charleston, WV joseph.werning@fhwa.dot.gov
White Mark WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV mwhite@dot.state.wv.us
Wiseman John WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV jwiseman@dot.state.wv.us
Wood William WVDOT–Division of Highways Charleston, WV bwood@dot.state.wv.us
Woodall Jennifer Tri-RiverTransit Authority West Hamlin, WV trtjennifer@zoominternet.net

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C. Workshop Evaluation Form

Below is a copy of the evaluation form provided to workshop participants. Similar evaluation forms are created for TPCB Peer Program events and exchanges.

WV Rural Transportation Planning Workshop Evaluation

Thank you for attending the June 2007 WV Rural Planning Workshop. We seek to continuously improve the material and delivery. To do this, we need your reactions and comments. We appreciate your thoughtful completion of all of the following items.

  Strongly
Disagree
Agree Strongly
Agree
The workshop was organized and easy to follow. 1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
The presentations were clear and understandable. 1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
The subject matter is relevant to the work of my organization.1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
I will be able to apply the subject matter to my job.1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8
Overall, this workshop met my expectations.1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8

What was the most valuable part of this workshop?

What you would like to see improved in the workshop (for example, issues to discuss in greater detail or other strategies or tools to include)?

List one or two ideas, procedures, methods, principles or theories gained from this workshop that you can readily apply when you return to your job.

List other trainings that would be useful to you.

We appreciate your thoughts and participation in this workshop.

What Do You Know About Rural Transportation Planning?

You may already possess some knowledge of transportation planning. This evaluation will help you and us to assess the degree to which you increased your knowledge and understanding as a result of this workshop. The following is a list of subjects that may be covered in the workshop you will be taking.

Instructions: Please rate your level of competence in each one by placing the appropriate scale number in the appropriate column.

1 = I have no knowledge in this area.
2 = I have some knowledge in this area.
3 = I can do this at an average level of competence.
4 = I am confident in this area.
5 = I am confident and competent enough to teach someone else.

Understand rural transportation planning process/issues
Understand activities of WV Dept of Transportation
Understand upcoming statewide transportation plan and process
Understand responsibilities and activities of MPOs/RPOs
Understand the connection between transportation & econ development
Understand the Heartland Corridor project
Understand key WV business interests and issues

Additional Comments:

D. Workshop Evaluation Results and Analysis

Overall, attendees had a positive experience at the workshop, and increased their knowledge and skill levels. Question-by-question results follow:

Respondents rated how strongly they agreed or disagreed with a series of statements (where "1" indicates strong disagreement and "5" indicates strong agreement).

StatementAverage Response
The workshop was organized and easy to follow.6.7
The presentations were clear and understandable.6.7
I will be able to apply the subject matter to my job.6.1
Overall, this workshop met my expectations.6.4

What was the most valuable part of this workshop?

  • Networking with different agencies.
  • Strategies pertaining more toward the rural public & applicable programs, education in conjunction with organizations. For example, a presentation that relates directly to the people affected within the scope of organizations.
  • Other state perspective.
  • Exchange of concerns, issues, ideas.
  • The breakout sessions were 'eye-opening' for a neophyte such as myself.
  • Seeing different planning models, input info what is needed in WV.
  • All of it-very good!.
  • Discussion of intermodal transportation and interaction with global economy.
  • The review of the coming WV statewide transportation plan & PA RPOs.
  • To keep people informed to the problems with funding.
  • Listening to Patrick Donovan.

What you would like to see improved in the workshop (for example, issues to discuss in greater detail or other strategies or tools to include)?

  • Public notice, support, impact of program implementation.
  • 1/2 day instead of 1 day workshop.
  • Clearer statement of issues/problems.
  • Greater details on issues.
  • More regional meetings.
  • The microphone.
  • Issues to be discussed in greater detail.
  • In depth look at potential development of public & private partnerships, i.e. ways to develop.
  • Keep the workshops coming.
  • More of what it takes to run these facilities.

List one or two ideas, procedures, methods, principles or theories gained from this workshop that you can readily apply when you return to your job.

  • Scenarios involving public citizen negotiations with emphasis on strategies concerning opposition.
  • Integrate modes in transportation planning.
  • Local involvement for planning purposes.
  • Planning discussion was good, somewhat dry, but good.
  • The importance of informing the public involved in new projects before the programs really start developing.
  • Just about all of it.

List other trainings that would be useful to you.

  • Development of public & private partnerships to enhance economic opportunities.

In order to measure changes in knowledge about transportation planning, workshop organizers asked participants to rate their competency in various areas. The "before" and "after" levels reveal that there remains a need to deliver additional training and resources on various topics; the change in competency levels reveals the effectiveness of different sections of the workshop, and opportunities to share expertise in other topic areas (for instance, connections between transportation and economic development).

1 = I have no knowledge in this area.
2 = I have some knowledge in this area.
3 = I can do this at an average level of competence.
4 = I am confident in this area.
5 = I am confident and competent enough to teach someone else.

Competency Area"Before" rating"After" ratingChange
Understand rural transportation planning process/issues2.53.10.6 +
Understand activities of WV Dept of Transportation2.93.40.5 +
Understand upcoming statewide transportation plan and process2.23.10.9 +
Understand responsibilities and activities of MPOs/RPOs2.23.00.8 +
Understand the connection between transportation & econ development3.33.70.4 +
Understand the Heartland Corridor project2.63.30.7 +
Understand key WV business interests and issues2.63.10.5 +


Additional Comments:
  • Good job!! Need to include shippers!!
  • Very good presentation by all presenters
  • Thank you for putting on the presentations & workshop
  • Great job!!
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