Initiative 51: Educate Elected Officials

Educate Elected Officials
Description: The main goal of this initiative is to create an understanding among elected officials of the importance of freight for metropolitan areas, and their potential role in enhancing system performance. The members of the Freight Advisory Committee and freight staff from MPOs should be responsible for the training.
Targeted mode: All modes Geographic scope: City, Area
Type of initiative: Stakeholder Engagement: Educate Elected Officials Primary objective: Stakeholder engagement
Expected costs and level of effort to implement: This initiative requires coordination among the multiple stakeholders involved.
Advantages:

  • Facilitate the implementation of freight initiatives
  • Create communication channels between different stakeholders
  • Improve initiatives efficiency
  • Reduce probability of unintended consequences
  • Improve engagement of stakeholders
Disadvantages:

  • Require high coordination among different stakeholders
Examples:

  • Metropolitan planning agencies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Ohio; Seattle, Washington, United States
  • City of Philadelphia, Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utility (MOTU), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Economic Development Corporations (various locations)
  • Trade groups, such as the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and New York State Motor Truck Association, United States
  • Philly Freight Finder, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Initiative 51

Source: Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

References:  Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission; Steele et al. 2011

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