Across the nation, transit agencies, nonprofit organizations, and government authorities are doing exemplary work to improve the health and equity of their communities through planning. While this work often includes groundbreaking and innovating ways to address health and equity on a regional level, agencies face a huge struggle when it comes to sharing how their practices are implemented with others who may want to try similar approaches.
TransForm has developed a new Best Practices Library to try to tackle that challenge. We intend for this Library to encourage communication and highlight the effective ways of incorporating health and equity into a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), so that past successes can be replicated.
Library helps planners by showing why and how past projects have succeeded
Every month, TransForm receives queries from other regions asking how we won improvements in the Bay Area’s RTP or how we better incorporated health concepts into planning documents. Traditionally, we have answered these on an ad hoc basis. Now we are excited to present the Best Practices Library to provide the answers in one, convenient spot.
Within the Best Practices Library, planners can be inspired, collect new ideas, learn about best practices with significant impacts, contact the key leaders at both a government level and advocacy level, and start one in their own regions.
The Library currently contains fourteen entries falling under six different categories representing the key components to building healthier and more equitable communities: Performance Measures, Projects, Plans, Programs, Policies, and Placemaking.
The Library includes work such as:
- Cleveland’s Healthline BRT project, which completely revitalized the businesses located along the corridor;
- The Bay Area’s Project Performance Analysis, which is changing the way metropolitan planning organizations are reviewing which projects to be included in RTPs, and;
- St. Paul’s Irrigate placemaking project, which literally pulls artists and leaders in communities to be part of a transportation project and influence the way their community looks.
Each entry provides an overview on the best practice, describes its goals, how it is funded, and its outcomes. Additionally, each entry provides at least two key contacts, one from a government agency implementing the best practice and one from an advocacy group, plus links to more resources.
The Library was made possible in partnership with Transportation for America and a grant from the Kresge Foundation for the Planning for a Healthier Future Project.