Webinar: Making Our Voices Heard – Strengthening FTA’s Title VI And Environmental Justice Protections

Environmental Justice Now

Public Advocates Inc. hosted a webinar earlier today (10 November 2011, 12 to 1PM) on the potential impacts of revisions to the Federal Transit Administration‘s Title VI that highlights environmental justice in public transportation policy decision-making.

“Making Our Voices Heard: Strengthening FTA’s Title VI and EJ Protections for Public Transportation” is available as both a PDF and an archived webinar recording. The latter is especially appreciated as most webinars are never made available post recording (at least in my experience).

If you have comments on the revisions, please submit them here. Comment submittal ends 2 December 2011.

Public Advocates collaborated with a group of nonprofit organizations, including Urban Habitat and Transform.

For more information, please see the FTA’s archived webinar on Environmental Justice (PDF) and Title VI (PDF).

[photo via Fruit of the Orchard]

Webinar: The Truth About Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)

BBD-New Tampa, Florida

As part of its new series of monthly educational seminars, the Transportation Equity Network is offering a free webinar on Thursday, 25 August 2011 (4-5PM EST) that covers the who, what, how, and why of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), including how federal legislation impacts them.

What are MPOs? MPOs are responsible for planning, programming and coordination of federal highway and transit investments ($$$) within metropolitan areas such as the San Francisco Bay Area (through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, or MTC).

Webinar Panelists:
-Katie Jansen Larson, Executive Director, Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU)
-Guillermo Mayer, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Advocates
-Robin Smith, Headquarters Liaison, FHWA Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty, US Department of Transportation
-Marc Brenman, Senior Policy Adviser, The City Project

Note: There are computer system requirements to attend the webinar: PC-based attendees require Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server, and Macintosh-based attendees require Mac OS X 10.5 or newer.

[photo via New Tampa & Wesley Chapel, Florida]