WELCOME TO

TRANSPORTATION 101

Transportation 101 is back!
We will open up applications in March of 2022

Transportation 101 is currently a 5-week virtual class in which participants learn from local experts and leaders, meet other interested citizens and ultimately put what they learn into action.

Transportation 101 will develop leaders who are poised to enhance communities and people’s lives by cultivating a healthy, resilient and more sustainable lifestyle by supporting transit, active transportation and increased access. Transportation 101 graduates will be equipped to provide relevant and timely information to help policy makers, business leaders, and the general public make informed decisions about transportation choices and transportation infrastructure investments in our region.

BACKGROUND

The Transportation 101 program is modeled after the Denver Transit Alliance Citizens’ Academy that has been in operation for over 10 years and boasts over 800 graduates. The Transportation Alliance believes that engaged and informed citizens are integral to building the region’s transportation future.

PROGRAM MISSION

Transportation 101 will develop community leaders that are poised to enhance communities and people’slives by cultivating a healthy, resilient and more sustainable lifestyle by supporting transit, active transportation and increased access. Transportation 101 graduates will be equipped to provide relevant and timely information to help policy makers, business leaders, and the general public make informed decisions about transportation choices and transportation infrastructure investments in our region.

DESIRED OUTCOMES

Transportation 101 graduates will:

GENERAL STRUCTURE AND FORMAT OF THE SESSIONS

FAQ

Transportation 101 is a 7-week class in which participants meet to learn from local experts and leaders, meet other interested citizens and ultimately put what they learn into action. Transportation 101 ismodeled after the Denver Transit Alliance Citizens’ Academy that has been in operation for over 10 yearsand boasts over 800 graduates. The Transportation Alliance believes that engaged and informed citizens are integral to building the region’s transportation future.

There is no single type of person who can apply for Transportation 101. We aim to recruit participants from all walks of life, and who are motivated by both professional and personal reasons to apply. Applicants can be professionals in the private sector, government employees, elected officials, students, and retired seniors. We believe that diversity in all aspects, including geography, occupation, race, age, gender, ability, and education will make our program stronger.

Our agenda will evolve from each Transportation 101 to the next, but the common theme is how transportation connects to people. We have speakers who are local experts, work in small groups, and learn from other participants through the Action Plan process.

You will be asked to make an Action Plan during your seven weeks of class. These plans are ways that you can become more involved in your community or workplace by advancing some aspect of transit, transportation and/or community building. We ask you to give us an idea for your Action Plan so that wecan gauge the incoming class’s interest in certain topics, and because we want our participants to startwith the mindset of making positive change in their communities. You may change your Action Plan, and to some degree we expect that you will after you have learned more about Central Maryland’s transportation challenges and opportunities. Part of the 7-week experience is really developing your ideas, passions and thinking creatively with your fellow participants so that you have time to create a project.

The Central Maryland Transportation is an initiative of the Baltimore Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We rely on grant funding and sponsorships to cover the cost of the Transportation 101 program. All Transportation 101 participants are offered a scholarship to attend free of charge. The cost of each participant is $1,000, but we feel passionate about underwriting these costs and keeping the program free to participants. However, if you or your employer would like to support the Transportation 101 program or contribute to the Transportation Alliance, we look forward to getting you involved.

Session 1: Setting the Stage
Session 2: Why Transportation Matters
Session 3: Making Connections for Jobs & Innovation
Session 4: Transit – Connecting the Region
Session 5: The Planning Process
Session 6: The Missing Pieces
Session 7: Taking Action

PHOTOS FROM PREVIOUS SESSIONS

QUESTIONS?

For further information, please contact Eric Norton at enorton@littleedgefarm.com or ext. 121.

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