Localized Bottleneck Reduction Workshop Brief
Three Localized Bottleneck Reduction (LBR) workshops were held in 2008 to bring together state and local transportation agency representatives to discuss programs to reduce bottlenecks. Workshops were held in Florida, Virginia, and Washington State in August and September 2008.
The purpose of the workshop series was to raise awareness and share ideas to assist state and local agencies to:
The goals of the workshop were to:
The message of the workshop was to reduce congestion one bottleneck at a time through identifying and providing solutions to localized bottlenecks. Participants were introduced to the concept of what a localized bottleneck is and ways to identify and implement localized bottleneck solutions. With this information, participants worked in small groups to determine how they would prioritize projects characteristics if they were to run a program. The workshop was designed to promote greater consideration of low cost, high yield projects during the planning process.
There were 78 attendees participating in three workshops that represented 28 different state and local agencies. This included 18 separate state agencies and 10 local agencies.
Key Discussion Points
The key points that were discussed included:
Next steps: "Where do we go from here?"
FHWA will follow up with participating states to check on the benefits of the workshop program and local progress on implementing the post-workshop action items. The follow-up process will consist of FHWA proactively contacting the FHWA division participants to see if their states' participation sparked any new or different activities as a result of the workshop. This may consist of short phone interviews 6 weeks or so following the workshop.
Additionally, it is possible for the bottleneck team to visit your state. These visits could take the form of a meeting with key DOT agency and MPO officials, or even a ½-day "mini" workshop with a larger group of the same officials plus your district engineers and other interested agencies. In either case, the purpose of the visit is not to rate or otherwise judge your state's level of success, but simply to hear what kinds of activities may exist in this area, and for us to disseminate examples of good case-study projects, as well as good case-study state processes that implement chokepoint solutions. In short, a "state visit" is an opportunity for us to hear, and for your state partner to assess the opportunities to inject low cost, quick turnaround, localized projects that remediate one or more spot-specific chokepoints.
Overall the workshops were well received and energized participants to take proactive action on incorporating localized bottlenecks projects into their state.
How can participants continue the momentum of the workshops?
(Even non-participants can contact email@example.com to be proactive in this area.)