Operationalizing Accessibility- Tools and Practices

Planners are tasked with more than just designing, evaluating and planning transportation mediums - they are often asked to help us feel more comfortable with moving around our communities and feel a greater sense of “livability.” But how do we quantify “livability?” What makes a place feel more “livable?”

Access Scores are the key for planners to unlock livability through their projects. We have created this standard to objectively evaluate the livability of communities and determine how well they support our daily lives.

Please join Chris McCahill of SSTI and Matt Pettit of Citilabs for this on-demand webinar, Operationalizing Accessibility: Part 1 - Tools and Practices to learn more about these new Access Score measures.

Part 1 - Operationalizing Accessibility- Tools and Practices

Part 2 - Accessibility and Smart Scale: Using Access Scores to Prioritize Projects

SSTI’s March 2017 webinar looked at emerging tools and data for measuring accessibility, along with ways of operationalizing these measures in planning, project evaluation, equity analysis, and design. Putting these measures into practice can present its own challenges, but interested agencies don’t need to reinvent the wheel.

Virginia’s Smart Scale requires transportation projects to be scored based on six criteria — including accessibility — to qualify for funding. Over the past several years, VDOT, Renaissance Planning Group, Citilabs, and SSTI have worked to improve the methods and processes for measuring accessibility and scored hundreds of proposed projects.

Join Matt Pettit of Citilabs; Chad Tucker, Assistant Administrator, Division of Transportation and Mobility Planning at Virginia DOT; and Dan Hardy from Renaissance Planning to hear how they worked together to score projects for accessibility.