Friday, December 2, 2011

Invite to Dec. 8th ITE Meeting: Emerging Transit Corridors in Lee County

You are invited to the ITE SWFL Chapter Meeting & Lunch for a discussion of emerging transit corridors, led by Dr. Margaret Banyan (FGCU) & Dan Rudge, LeeTran planner

When: December 8, 2011 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council (MPO offices) at 1926 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers

COST: $5.00 per person to ITE (members and non-members)

RSVP TO: Suresh Karre simply by accepting this appointment request or via e-mail:

DESCRIPTION/TOPIC: Emerging Transit Corridors in Lee County
The presentation will include a discussion of the following.
1. The development of transit corridors from a livability perspective, including the difference between station-area planning and corridor planning.
2. Opportunities for sustainability improvements along corridors; including economic, social, and environmental issues.
3. The identification and development of transit corridors in Lee County, including those slated for premium services.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Margaret Banyan and Daniel Rudge
Margaret E. Banyan, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and a Senior Faculty Associate for the SW Florida Center for Public and Social Policy. Dr. Banyan teaches in the Division of Public Affairs in the areas of land use planning, public administration, and political science. In addition, she is the Chair of the Lee County Community Sustainability Advisory Committee (formerly the Smart Growth Advisory Committee); member of BikeWalkLee; member of the Transportation Cooperative Research Program's Panel H-45 (Transit Corridors for Livable Communities); and former member of the Florida Department of Transportation's 2060 Plan Community Sustainability, Environment, and Livability Advisory Committee.

Daniel Rudge serves as Principal Planner for LeeTran where he is involved with the integration of transit into all aspects of Lee County’s Comprehensive Plan update as well as leading all of LeeTran’s planning initiatives. Prior to joining LeeTran, Mr. Rudge was Chief of Planning for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). While at DRPT Mr. Rudge oversaw statewide operations of regional mobility management programs and the development of statewide standards for transit design guidelines. He also served as liaison to the Virginia General Assembly, the state’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and to other Departments in the State of Virginia.

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