Osprey has extensive experience helping various levels of government solve transportation problems. Our public engagement work has helped build community support on projects ranging in complexity from specific intersections, to widening interstate highways, to the design and implementation of TDM programs. In many instances the challenge is to find ways in which important community values are protected while transportation solutions are developed. Typically, the understanding and support we help foster in communities means that both projects and programs are then built or implemented.
— Lawrence Journal-World Editorial
West Eugene Collaborative:After decades of planning, the Oregon Department of Transportation arrived at a “no build” decision for the proposed West Eugene Parkway. Because Eugene’s transportation, land use and environmental challenges still required solutions, however, a group of local stakeholders, including agency representatives, formed the West Eugene Collaborative (WEC). Osprey, working with the Oregon Consensus Program, was hired to design and facilitate the process. The Collaborative consists of about 30 members representing government, the environmental community, the business community, neighborhoods and members “at-large.” The Collaborative worked hard to demonstrate that mutual respect and trust could be developed between previous adversaries. The Collaborative produced consensus recommendations on the scoping and alternatives for a bus-rapid-transit system. Consensus recommendations on broader common-ground solutions are expected in December 2008.
Outdoor Advertising Control:Since the adoption of the Highway Beautification Act in 1965, there have been substantial changes in outdoor advertising practices, technologies, and local conditions. Osprey conducted a conflict assessment for the Federal Highway Administration that involved collecting information in seven cities through personal interviews, focus groups and public meetings. The results of the assessment were submitted to FHWA and distributed nationally in January 2007.
Eugene Conflict Assessment:The West Eugene Parkway was originally conceived in 1978 to connect West Eugene, Oregon, with other communities. As the project was being planned and evaluated much of the property in its proposed path was set aside as wetlands. Controversy raged for years. The Osprey Group interviewed 50 people and published and distributed a conflict assessment on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration and the City of Eugene. After decades of study and research, the Oregon Department of Transportation issued a “no-build” decision for the Parkway.
Missouri Long-Range Transportation Planning:Many states are facing a growing gap between their transportation needs and their ability to meet these needs through various transportation modes and financing mechanisms. Osprey designed and facilitated the Missouri Department of Transportation's long-range planning effort, known as the Missouri Advance Planning (MAP) initiative. The Plan moved beyond facts and figures to express a vision for transportation that is understood and shared by the Department's key constituencies. Osprey, working with prime contractor HNTB, helped ensure that MAP passed the tests of both technical soundness and public acceptability.
C-470 Finance and Implementation Committee:The Colorado Tolling Enterprise (CTE) selected an existing state highway, C-470, as a candidate for expansion financed by future toll revenues. This project was particularly contentious. Osprey convened and facilitated a committee comprised of elected and appointed officials from affected jurisdictions. The Committee helped the CTE, FHWA and CDOT develop and understand local reactions to various finance and implementation options. At the same time local entities, faced with increasing congestion, gained an appreciation for the budget dillema CDOT faces without the benefit of tolling.
Bicycle Leadership Conference:Every year the manufacturing and retail sectors of the U.S. Bicycle industry meet to discuss strategies for expanding the use of bicycles. Osprey designed the format and trained industry facilitators to produce common strategies during the 2006 Conference.
Interstate 70 in Missouri:Osprey assisted the Missouri Department of Transportation with public involvement activities associated with the expansion and improvement of I-70 across the entire state of Missouri. Osprey also convened and facilitated a highly effective, 23-person Advisory Group that focused on the area surrounding Columbia, MO. The Group agreed on recommendations to MoDOT for the configuration of I-70 itself and its various access roads and intersections. Information on this project is available at http://www.improvei70.org/ (this will open a new window).
Transportation Master Planning, City of Boulder:Facilitated the Transportation Master Planning (TMP), including the recent effort that resulted in the adoption of the five-year update to the TMP. The TMP update included facilitating the deliberations of a subcommittee focusing on Transportation Demand Management (TDM).
Arapahoe Transportation Network Plan (ATNP):After the overwhelming success of the 28th Street TNP (unanimous adoption by the Transportation Advisory Board, the Planning Board and City Council), Osprey was hired to design and facilitate a new 23-person citizens task force. After four meetings a map-based TNP was produced for a four-mile stretch of Arapahoe Avenue, one of the busiest arterial roadways in the City of Boulder.
28th Street 2001:Designed and led a two-year process that involved the coordination of several funded projects along this major arterial/US Highway in Boulder, Colorado. Working with a 24-person design committee, city staff and a local design firm, the team produced a coherent set of projects to enhance the safety, identity, aesthetics and functionality of the corridor for all modes of travel. The proposal for the southern segment was adopted unanimously by the City’s Transportation Advisory Board and City Council and construction is almost complete.
South Lawrence Trafficway (SLT):Osprey convened, designed and facilitated meetings of the SLT Stakeholder Input Group in Lawrence, KS, and a retreat-type meeting of the Board of Regents of Haskell Indian Nations University. Products included a "Report to the Community" based on interviews with 30 individuals and summaries of stakeholders’ perspectives. We often use this type of neutral assessment and find it to frequently be helpful and well received.
Boulder ECOPass:Worked with the City of Boulder and the six-county Regional Transportation District on a variety of ECO Pass programs. These are designed to offer students, employees and residents unlimited access to the RTD transit network. Currently approximately 40 percent of the Boulder population carries some form of the ECO Pass and increases in transit ridership have exceeded all predictions.
Jefferson County Countywide Transportation Plan Policy Group Facilitation:Directed the planning effort of a 30-member Policy Group comprised of city and county leaders, including elected officials. The Policy Group produced a Countywide Multimodal Transportation Plan.
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Organizational Development • Strategic Planning • Land Use Planning