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Concurrent Sessions (30 Minutes) [clear filter]
Tuesday, May 8

10:30am EDT

PRESENTATION: Mapping and Analysis of Walkability and Bikeability on the Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire
AUTHORS: Matt Waitkins, Nashua Regional Planning Commission; Sara Siskavich, Nashua Regional Planning Commission; Ryan Friedman, Nashua Regional Planning Commission; Andrew Smeltz*, Nashua Regional Planning Commission

ABSTRACT: Making roadways and other urban infrastructure favorable for bicycles and pedestrians has numerous benefits for communities and society at large. In order for planners to make informed decisions on where to allocate resources for bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects, it is necessary to review and analyze a variety of GIS data sources and take input from constituency groups. In this project, staff members from Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) assisted the Town of Merrimack, NH, acting through its planning board, in compiling and analyzing various types of spatial data, which we used to map current conditions for bicycling and walking on the Route 3 (Daniel Webster Highway) corridor. Our goal was to assist the town in identifying areas most in need of improvements to pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. NRPC collected field data on existing pedestrian and bicycle features using the NH Statewide Asset Data Exchange System (SADES), which we merged into an existing statewide dataset. With ArcGIS, we analyzed roadway segments for bicycle and pedestrian level of stress and mapped these findings in the context of datalayers characterizing existing conditions. We also synthesized the planning board?s anecdotal observations and added them to the map as graphical elements. Our final product is a map that incorporates objective spatial data with interpretive analysis. After further public comment and any subsequent refinement, the map will be used to inform a corridor plan that summarizes analyses, recommendations, and action steps that address the town's specific goals and priorities for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 10:30am - 11:00am EDT
Room 201

11:00am EDT

PRESENTATION: MassDOT GIS for Municipalities
AUTHORS: Quinn Molloy, MassDOT GIS

ABSTRACT: MassDOT's GIS Services group has been working to better serve municipal partners through the development of new tools and increased access to web-based workflows. Using the geoDOT portal (AGOL) as a staging area for innovative solutions, staff has worked with municipalities to create a suite of new products that help better maintain transportation facilities in the real world, and the data that represent them digitally. Tools like the Road Inventory Update Tool, the Highway Project Intake Tool, and Pictometry Explorer bring classic transportation planning processes to the next level. It is our hope that these and tools yet to be developed will empower local governments with a limited staff capacity to take more of an active role in data stewardship without needing to invest heavily in infrastructure themselves.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Room 201

11:30am EDT

PRESENTATION: Optimizing School Bus Routing
AUTHORS: Nicole Rogers, EIT*, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.; John Diaz, P.E., PTOE, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc.

ABSTRACT: Many school districts have been proactive in investigating delayed high school start times because of the national scientific research validating the academic/health benefits of additional sleep for high school students. This presentation provides insight to implications of pupil transportation as it becomes a critical operational and fiscal aspect when altering school scheduling. GPI completed a study for Acton-Boxborough which analyzed the implications of merging from a three-tier start time/routing system to a two-tier start time/routing system and created a new optimized routing schedule for the school choice district. An in-depth analysis of the existing transportation practices resulted in the recommendation of several new policies with the intent to minimize the number of buses required for a two-tier merge including: planning based on actual ridership; removal of cul-de-sac service; "cluster" stops; student pick-up/drop-off time window; and district seat target rates. GIS tools were utilized to implement cluster stopping which located optimal bus stops to safely service more students in a shorter amount of time based on a district wide ?walk to stop? distance. Stop locations were determined via density mapping and students were assigned via the closest facility layer tool. GPI also utilized TransFinder, a school bus routing software, in conjunction with ArcGIS to map final routing into existing database for a seamless transition._x000D_ Overall, the merge resulted in a reduction of overall trips, dead head mileage, total bus stop time and trip duration, better utilization rates, and most importantly a 40-minute delay in school start time for high school students.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Room 201