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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

Frank Broen

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Frank Broen 

Frank Broen serves on three TRB national committees to communicate critical transportation needs that enable our multimodal transportation system provide the mobility to live in safe, productive, sustainable and attractive communities. He has worked with FDOT for over 20 years to communicate transportation planning issues, creating innovative products that help both experienced professionals and interested newcomers understand and apply transportation planning concepts.

As President of Teach America, Frank Broen is developing new tools to communicate more effectively. When he is not singing lead in his barbershop quartet "The Rolling Tones," he actively involved in his Quincy community on the board of the Quincy Music Theatre, Rotary Club, and recently Tallahassee ASTD.  A graduate of FSU in Physics and Music, he helped form the company in 1979. Throughout the transition from 35mm slides creating using, film, pen and ink to interactive digital multimedia, he has consistently utilized the most cost effective tools to deliver direct, effective programs.

He also serves as Secretary for the TRB Visualization in Transportation Committee ABJ95.

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