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Under contract to TY LIN, Whitehouse Group develops socioeconomic forecasts within Broward County for the Broward MPO. This data will be utilized as input into the new regional travel demand model to predict future transportation conditions. The socioeconomic forecasts, along with other variables, are used in the model to help determine the number of trips that will be generated in specific areas of Broward County, which provides the basis for understanding how these trips will be distributed across the South Florida region. This information will ultimately be used to update the Long Range Transportation Plan to the year 2040.

Whitehouse Group completes an evaluation of three service alternatives for the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG) and Tulsa Transit. The analysis was conducted to help the Tulsa City Council understand predicted impacts of a variety of service options to make the regional transit system more efficient while operating under the current funding level. The alternatives put an emphasis on frequency over coverage, reducing average system-wide weekday wait time from 52 minutes to 30 minutes. > read more

Todd A. Brauer, Vice President & CFO, and James Wagner, Transportation Projects Coordinator for the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG), presents an overview of the procedure used to utilize the Aggregate Rail Ridership Forecasting (ARRF) tool (version 2.0), produced by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), to develop light- and commuter rail passenger forecasts as well as providing a means of comparing/ranking the performance of possible high-capacity transit corridors within the Tulsa region. Participates gained an understanding how to assess the risks and benefits associated with utilizing ARRF and the cost in time, resources and the budget necessary to implement it into their transportation planning procedures and products. > view

Under contract to Michael Baker, Jr., Whitehouse Group conducts an assessment of how performance variables used to allocate §1513 operating grants to transit agencies are collected and the quality of the data for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The final deliverable of the project included guidance on how such data should be collected and reviewed prior to its use within the §1513 allocation formula.

Under contract to Jacobs, Whitehouse Group supports the development of an Initiation Package submitted to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) as part of the Peoria/Riverside Corridor Alternatives Analysis for the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG). The intent of project is to identify corridor problems, develop alternatives, analyze costs and benefits, and select a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for implementation. The Initiation Package was prepared to inform interested parties about key elements of the project, including current conditions, purpose and need, preliminary alternatives and proposed evaluation methodology. The proposed improvements will offer better multimodal options along the entire corridor by providing a convenient, viable alternative to driving.

Under contract to McCormick Taylor, Whitehouse Group develops passenger forecasts between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg as part of the Keystone Corridor West High-speed Rail Project for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The central focus of the project is to identify and evaluate ways to improve travel times and frequency of service thereby providing better connections between the central and western parts of the Commonwealth. These improvements are intended to make rail travel between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg more convenient, sustainable and a viable alternative to driving.

In support of URS Corporation, Whitehouse Group migrates components of the South Jersey travel demand model from an assortment of commercial (MINUTP, TP+, and CLIPPER) and custom (FORTRAN and CENTRAL) software packages into Cube Voyager for the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO). SJTPO utilizes the travel demand model to forecast travel demand on future transportation systems. The resulting projections are then used to analyze the impacts of various transportation plans, most notably the regional long-range plan, and to determine whether or not the plans conform to the region’s air quality objectives. In addition to the model migration efforts, Whitehouse Group staff prepared and conducted a two-day training program with SJTPO staff and regional stakeholders, including New Jersey Transit (NJ Transit) and the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA-02) announced today that a TIGER IV Application Package developed by Whitehouse Group for the City of Philadelphia was awarded $12.8 million. The City of Philadelphia and its partners will rehabilitate existing pedestrian, transit and roadway infrastructure assets bringing them to a state of good repair with the primary goal of reducing the long-term cost of maintenance and/or replacement. This project has been tailored to maximize return on investment through a multimodal asset management strategy crafted by the City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU), Philadelphia Streets Department (Streets), the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). These improvements will reduce annual maintenance expenditures and extend the useful life of highly important connections for pedestrians, transit users, automobile drivers and freight delivery drivers. Secondary benefits will be realized through improved safety and reliability. > view

Whitehouse Group assists the Alamo Area Academies with developing a grant application to obtain Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) Program funding to expand the Academies to provide a greater number of qualified high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credit, paid industry internships, and long-term employment opportunities in high-growth STEM fields. The Department of Education has allocated $140.5 million to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement, attainment or retention in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates and increasing college enrollment and completion rates.

Whitehouse Group assists the Broward MPO with developing grant applications to obtain Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5339 Alternatives Analysis Program funding for several corridors within Broward County. Overall, the FTA allotted $25 million to support a limited number of alternatives analysis activities and develop information for local decision-makers. A grant award would allow the Broward MPO and local agencies to evaluate enhanced bus, bus rapid transit and other multimodal alternatives along either: Hollywood Boulevard / Pines Boulevard, Sunrise Boulevard, Hallandale Beach Boulevard / Miramar Parkway, or Sample Road.

Whitehouse Group conducts a Monte Carlo Simulation Workshop for Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Four Planning and Environmental staff designed to introduce the use of Monte Carlo Simulation practices within the transportation planning and engineering profession. Participants gained an understanding of the history of Monte Carlo Simulation practices, implementation of these procedures within a variety of transportation projects and current research efforts utilizing Monte Carlo Simulations to advance and refine transportation data mining techniques.

Whitehouse Group provides the Broward MPO guidance concerning the implementation of its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program, including the development of standard operating procedures to implement the program, an action plan regarding solicitation compliance, and hosts a training session with all MPO staff summarizing and raising awareness of the Program. > view

The San Antonio-Bexar County MPO announces that a Surface Transportation Program - Metropolitan Mobility (STP-MM) Application Package developed by Whitehouse Group for Port San Antonio was awarded $7.8 million. The project will realign Quintana Road, add left turn and acceleration / deceleration lanes within the Quintana Road and Dunston Road intersection, construct bike and pedestrian facilities, and install flood control improvements. This project will help promote the Port's global economic competitiveness as well as improve regional safety and mobility. > view

Whitehouse Group produces several long-range transportation forecasts in support of the development of the 2040 Long-range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG). The project added several new components to the regional travel demand forecasting modeling including updated household trip production rates based on the most recent National Household Travel Survey, a closed-system toll analysis module and a state-of-the-practice external travel estimation competent. The 2040 LRTP will identify the anticipated transportation needs for the Tulsa, Oklahoma region and provide practicable funding scenarios for the investment of local, state and federal resources to address the predicted mobility and accessibility issues. The 2040 LRTP will also become a component of the Oklahoma Statewide Intermodal Transportation Plan.

Whitehouse Group announces the relocation of its corporate headquarters to South Florida. "Fort Lauderdale is a beautiful area that suits both our long-term growth strategy and desire to shape the transportation future of the entire United States" says Wade White, President & CEO of Whitehouse Group. The custom-designed, smart technology-equipped office space features breathtaking views of Fort Lauderdale as well as walk access to Tri-Rail and local public transit service. "Our investment in cutting edge technologies will seamlessly connect our headquarters to all our regional and satellite offices and clients worldwide with live video conferencing and high-speed internet" added Todd Brauer, Vice President & CFO. The office address is 100 West Cypress Creek Road, Suite 930, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is located in a technology epicenter of Florida's east coast.

In support of Gannett Fleming, Inc., Whitehouse Group completes a series of comprehensive background reports on the current state of the practice for freight demand modeling, as well as hosted several professional outreach events as part of the SHRP2 C-20 Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement Strategic Plan for the Transportation Research Board (TRB). The overall objective of the project was to foster fresh ideas and new approaches to designing and implementing freight demand models through a multitude of initiatives to engage practitioners and decision makers at all levels, within both the public and private sectors. The project developed a Strategic Plan that will advance a broad new direction for improving freight planning; promote continuous innovation for breakthrough solutions to freight analytical and data needs; and foster a collaborative approach for private, public, and academic stakeholders involvement. > view

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