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20th Anniversary Committee

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Did you know that 2014 is the 20th year of the Access Committee.   We were a subcommittee (1990?) with Ron Giguere as chair until December 1993.  With the success of the committee, including new research NCHRP 391 (Herb, Frank), the Vail 1993 conference, and more scheduled on our plate, the executive committee granted us full committee status with Ron as chairman. The charter members of the committee all received their appointments in April 1994.

 

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Phil Demosthenes

Put me out of business

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You are going to put me out of business!

This is by far the most common and passionate complaint. Most small business owners pour their life saving into their business. It is their source of income and security for the future. Therefore, they are very protective of their businesses and are afraid of anything which they view as a threat to the viability of their business. Although it is very difficult to persuade these folks that closing a median opening will not significantly impact their business, the following points could be used to try and calm their fears: 

  • Our surveys have shown that median opening modifications had little or no affect on the selections drivers make when doing business. Most drivers are willing to make U-turns to access a business that they have used in the past. 
  • The most heavily affected businesses are convenience-type stores (gas stations, fast food, etc.). However, the median changes do not impact the demand for these items. In fact, some businesses may actually be positively impacted in these cases. While the store may become slightly less attractive to some motorists, it win likely be more attractive to others. 
  • Many motorists avoid businesses where the access is perceived as unsafe. This often occurs along roadways with poor access management and numerous conflicts. Motorists may be more attracted to a sight with less conflicts at its access points. 
  • Our before and after surveys of business owners found that most business owners were not negatively impacted, and in fact, most said that it was not nearly as bad as they had thought it would be. 
  • Most motorists surveyed stated that they liked the median changes and that the changes did not change their shopping habits. 
  • Service industry offices (Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants, etc.) and specialty stores are not generally impacted as their patrons tend to have an allegiance with the owner or service provider. 
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David Gwynn

US DOT Strategic Plan Update

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As stakeholders, the U.S. Department of Transportation has asked that TRB make sure you are aware of the online dialogue taking place related to the department’s strategic plan for FY 2014 to FY 2018. 

A posting on the U.S. DOT’s website says that “we want to ensure that our strategic plan serves as a foundation for building, operating, and maintaining a safe and efficient transportation system.  We also want to ensure that all of our stakeholders have an opportunity to read the plan and weigh in.”

For additional information on the dialogue and to join the discussion, please see today’s posting on the U.S. DOT’s Fastlane Blog at http://www.dot.gov/fastlane/dot-opens-online-dialogue-updated-strategic-plan.

 

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Russell Houston

Website Feedback

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Color Pallet for website showing RGB values

This website is the DRAFT version of the replacement website for http://www.accessmanagement.info

Comments can be made either directly on this page - or on the TRB AHB70 wiki site.

ITEM 1

Under the words Access Management, the tagline is:

Balancing Thru Movement and Property Access.

Is this a good tagline? Please propose something better.

Requirements for a good tagline

  • Good taglines are clear and informative
  • Bad taglines are vague
  • Good taglines are just long enough (6-8 words)
  • Good taglines convey differentiation and a clear benefit
  • Bad taglines sound generic
  • Good taglines are personable, lively and sometimes clever.

see more comments on the wiki

ITEM 2

Color Pallete

The colors of the Access Managment logo have been updated to a Teal/Yellow combination (instead of Blue/Yellow)

This is the basis for the color scheme of this website.

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Frank Broen

AHB70 Wiki

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There is a wiki set-up for the AHB70 Access Management Committee for internal communication. It features ongoing discussions from the 3 sub-committees, as well as minutes from previous meetings

  • Outreach Committee
  • Research Committee
  • Conference Committee

Current discussion topics include:

You will need to request access to the wiki from Frank Broen at fbroen@teachamerica.com

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Frank Broen

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