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Using Technology to Improve Small Urban and Rural Transit
This webinar will provide an overview of service delivery innovation and transit technology best practices for public transportation in small and rural communities. It will begin with an overview of national planning practices that will cover areas such as accessibility, passenger information and general transit feed specification (GTFS)/GTFS-Flex, fare payment, and microtransit. Following this overview, the presenters will share the findings from the Public Transportation in Appalachia report, which included a transit service inventory and assessment covering the 420 counties across 13 states (including Virginia) served by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Best practices and challenges in implementing new technologies across the Appalachian region will be explored.

Sep 27, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Shana Johnson, AICP
Vice President of Service Delivery & Project Manager @Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning
Shana Johnson, AICP is a Vice President of Service Delivery & Project Manager at Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning. She also oversees Foursquare ITP’s New Mobility, Regional and Statewide Planning, and Strategic and Financial Planning service areas. She has significant experience in long-range, regional, and multi-modal planning, rural public transportation, microtransit/new mobility planning, strategic planning, transportation research, financial and capital planning, transportation equity, and active transportation. Shana is also Foursquare ITP’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM), and Parking Practice Lead, and she is one of the nation’s foremost experts on TDM strategic planning, policies, and program management. Shana has a Master's in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor's degree in Geography from Clark University.
Reinaldo Germano
Senior Planner @Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning
Reinaldo Germano is a senior planner at Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning, with extensive experience in the field of public transportation planning. He works mainly with rural and demand response public transportation, regional and statewide planning projects, and transit operations. His key projects include conducting a public transportation inventory and assessment in the Appalachian Region, developing a guidebook on promising practices in transit technology at small transit agencies, and is currently developing another guidebook on micromobility and on-demand services. Before joining Foursquare ITP, Reinaldo conducted studies and on-the-ground support for cities throughout Brazil looking to improve Bus Rapid Transit operation and provide multimodal transportation options. Reinaldo has a Master's of Regional and Urban Planning and a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from universities in Brazil.