APATX17 Planning for the Transportation System that Provides Equal Access for All

Panel Description:

This session will foster a dialogue on transportation policies that are now preventing equal access to jobs, services and opportunities. The discussion panel will examine what are the inadequacies in current policies, and how planners can better respond to equity needs when planning transportation. The panel will also address the equity of transportation services provided by new technological solutions, like Transportation Network Companies (TNCS), Uber or Lyft being prime examples. While these services hold the promise of greater connectivity, they come at a high cost compared to transit. Weak city regulations mean they often provide sparse service to low income neighborhoods. This session will uncover some of the most consequential policy gaps, and discuss ways that the policy process can work better to ensure that transportation services are designed with proper attention to the needs of transit dependents, the disabled, and low income riders.


Dr. Shima Hamidi

Dr. Hamidi is the urban planning professor at the UT Arlington College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs (CAPPA) where she is also director of Institute of Urban Studies and the director of Center for Transportation, Equity, Decisions and Dollars. She has been involved in several national grants from the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation Research Board, National Institute of Transportation and Communities, American Association of Retired Persons, National Institutes of Health, Ford Foundation, and Smart Growth America. She has written more than 25 journal articles and a book on transportation, urban design, walkability and innovative district, urban form and its quality-of-life impacts. The results of her research were presented in a national press release in partnership with Smart Growth America and have been cited The Wall Street Journal, The The Washington Post and CNN Money.


Ms. Theresa O’Donnell

Theresa O’Donnell is the Chief Resilience Officer at City of Dallas. She leads the development & implementation of a robust Resilience Strategy for the City within the policy framework of the 100 Resilient Cities Program & Global Network, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. She has more than 30 years of experience as a professional planner and 20 years as a planning director with a broad knowledge of land use planning, urban design, zoning, housing, community development, real estate, transportation planning, and permitting and inspections. She joined the City of Dallas in 2003, has served in a variety of roles including Planning & Development Director for over 12 years, Chief Planning Officer & interim Assistant City Manager. In these roles, she has done Planning and Urban Design, Neighborhood Vitality, Sustainable Development & Construction, Transportation Planning, Housing & Community Services, the Office of Fair Housing, the Department of Aviation & the Dallas Convention Ctr.

Mr. Patrick Kennedy 

Patrick Kennedy is a founding partner in the Dallas-based urban design firm, Space Between Design Studio. He is presently on the board of directors for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system and former president of the North Texas Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU-NTX). With more than 15 years of experience tackling complex urban challenges at local, national, and international scale, his focus is on the interrelationship between movement infrastructure networks and real estate market dynamics in order to deliver successful, lovable, sustainable places. He is also co-founder of A New Dallas (www.anewdallas.com), a non-profit promoting transportation alternatives and neighborhood revitalization, as well as the Coalition for A New Dallas, a Political Action Committee dedicated to electing, educating, and empowering local leaders in support of revitalizing Dallas neighborhoods. He has awards from NCTCOG, Greater Dallas Planning Council, APA, AIA, AIGA, and ASLA.

Dr. David Weinreich

David Weinreich is a Postdoctoral Associate with the Institute for Urban Studies at the University of Texas, Arlington. Dr. Weinreich’s work focuses on the political obstacles to planning regional transportation systems that cross multiple local jurisdictional boundaries, and the role local jurisdictions have in fragmenting the transportation system –a particular problem for those who cannot drive, whether due to age, income or physical disability. His work was funded by an Eisenhower Transportation grant from the US DOT, and by the University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies, and is published in the journals Public Works Management and Policy, as well as an upcoming issue of Transportation Research Record. Dr. Weinreich has worked or interned at several regional planning agencies in California. He also worked for the California State Legislature, analyzing legislation and doing community outreach on air quality concerns.

Mr. Thomas Bamonte

Tom Bamonte is Senior Program Manager for Automated Vehicles for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the MPO for the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Before joining NCTCOG he served in senior legal positions at the Chicago Transit Authority and toll highway authorities in Illinois and Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University School of Law.

Information for Registration 

03/11/2017 10:00 – 12:00

Address: Embassy Suites Hotel and Frisco Conference Center 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive, Frisco, TX. 75034

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