GS&P Transportation Planners Participate in Panel Discussion at Georgia Planning Association Fall Conference

Erin Thoresen and Megha Young Contribute to Conversation About Last Mile Connectivity

September 29, 2017   |   Atlanta,  Ga.   |   Events

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces that Transportation Planners Erin Thoresen, AICP, and Megha Young, AICP, participated in a panel discussion at the Georgia Planning Association’s 2017 Fall Conference on September 27. The presentation focused on last mile connectivity, showcasing best practices for improving the relationship between vehicular and non-vehicular modes of transportation. Thoresen moderated the discussion, while Young, the City of Sandy Springs’ Kristen Wescott, AICP, Columbus Consolidated Government’s Rosa Evans, and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority’s Spencer Stoleson, AICP, participated as panelists.

“I enjoyed discussing last mile connectivity with fellow transportation professionals at this year’s Georgia Planning Association Fall Conference,” commented Thoresen. “By working together to improve the connections between transit stops and key destinations in communities, we can give people safe, convenient options for traveling between their origins or destinations and transit services, hopefully encouraging public transit use.”
 
A summary of the discussion follows.
 
Door-to-Door: Improving Last Mile Connectivity
Presentation by Erin Thoresen, AICP, Megha Young, AICP, Kristen Wescott, AICP, Rosa Evans and Spencer Stoleson, AICP
 
Suburbs are growing at a tremendous rate, putting a strain on already-congested roadways. By improving the relationships between transit, walking, and biking, community residents can have transit options in addition to personal vehicles. In this panel discussion, Thoresen, Young and other panelists discussed best practices for implementing last-mile connectivity, focusing on ways local government and transit agencies can collaborate to create walk-friendly and bike-friendly areas in communities. They shared specific strategies being used throughout their communities, such as using Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds for improvements to utilizing grants for regional bus stop signage. Thoresen and Young also highlighted GS&P’s work to conduct the Last Mile Connectivity Study for the Georgia cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. By taking a holistic approach to improving connections, planners and engineers can create safe, comfortable, seamless trips.

“I enjoyed discussing last mile connectivity with fellow transportation professionals at this year’s Georgia Planning Association Fall Conference. By working together to improve the connections between transit stops and key destinations in communities, we can give people safe, convenient options for traveling between their origins or destinations and transit services, hopefully encouraging public transit use.”

Erin Thoresen, AICP, Transportation Planner, GS&P
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