2004: Phase I was initiated through a series of listening sessions and a community dialogue, all of which were held in communities throughout the Baltimore region. These events offered the public a chance to share their concerns about transportation and environmental issues affecting the Baltimore region.
The Community Dialogue reaffirmed most of the key issues raised in the regional Listening Sessions. Listed concerns were: air pollution/congestion, access to jobs/health care facilities, poor bus service, and fairness in transportation funding.
2006: In July 2006, over 50 people gathered to kick off Phase II of the project. At this event, participants chose the top three areas of concern in the Baltimore region: access to quality transit service, air quality and congestion, and public involvement in the planning process. Participants also identified target communities where these concerns exist.
2007: A workshop was held on March 17, 2007 where attendees learned more about the case studies, shared their thoughts and ideas, and found out how to get involved in solving EJT problems in their communities.
Community Dialogue Summary
On November 6, 2004 the BREJTP held a community dialogue meeting with over 80 community leaders, residents and government officials in attendance. This event followed the BREJTP listen sessions and demonstrated that there are community issues relative to mobility and health that have not been adequately addressed in the planning process.
After a warm welcoming address from Dr. Earl Richardson, President of Morgan State University, community participants were assigned to each of four (4) breakout groups to prioritize issues identified during the Listening Sessions and to propose solutions. Some of the distinguished guests in attendance were Gov. Parris Glendenning from Smart Growth America, Maryland State Senator Lisa Gladden, Dorothy Morrison from MDE, Robert Smith MTA, and Rich Stolz from Baltimore City Department of Transportation and the Center For Community Change.
Collectively, the concerns documented by the community dialogue indicate the need for increase planning sensitivity to mitigate the impacts of planning and operational decisions particularly on low income and minority sub populations. The issues identified in the listening sessions and community dialogue place emphasis on the air quality, job access, medical service access and public participation. There were over 145 unique issues that were identified and over 200 suggested solutions. The concerns identified at the community dialogue targeted health, environment, safety, access, operations and infrastructure issues. Most of the suggested solutions fell into the following broad categories:
- Instituting a quality control/customer service feedback system to improve accountability
- Creating a more interactive and informed public participation process where the public is included in planning process while it is still possible to influence decisions.
- Providing better information and data for planning, particularly information on communities that have greater transportation needs
- Determining funding amounts directed to those communities who depend heavily on those transportation services, and suggestions on how to improve those services
May 2008 Accessibility Calculator
- The user sets the parameters for a calculation, which we call a “scenario” (e.g. give a name to the scenario, sets the region, the origin selection set, the destination set, the demand field (population), supply field (services), etc…) Some of these parameters are set in application configuration files, and some are directly set by the user in the web page
- The user launches the calculation job with the parameters set in step1.
- The calculations are computed asynchronously by TransCAD on the server side
- The user monitors the progress of the calculation on the web page The server informs the user when the calculation is complete, at which point the user can look at two thematic maps: a density map and a contour map. In addition to the maps, the user will get some tabular results for the calculation.
All of these scenarios are saved on the server. But the user can browse one of the scenarios that have been already computed (with a tree browser interface), and look at the result maps and tables for existing scenarios. At this point we are thinking about letting all users see all of the computed scenarios.