Transforming El Paso Active Transportation – The TxDOT Way


More and more municipalities are planning and prioritizing the development of new active transportation facilities in their communities. Oftentimes, these plans and projects intersect or utilize TxDOT on-system roadways as part of the overall active transportation network. But, not all typical types of active transportation facilities are appropriate for on-system roadways. Learn how the TxDOT El Paso District Office analyzed and planned for their future active transportation network in context of regional planning efforts for the City of El Paso and the MPO. The session will utilize information and lessons learned from the El Paso TxDOT District Bicycle Program Strategic Plan, including understanding the different design characteristics applicable to most TxDOT on-system roadways, identifying which active transportation facilities are appropriate for these types of roadways, and how to understand and better interact with TxDOT during future plans and projects.

31997933_bucchin_matt_1785-1.jpgMatt Bucchin, AICP, LEED Green Associate, is currently a Director of Planning with Halff Associates, Inc., based out of Austin, Texas. He has over 20 years of public and private sector experience at the city, state, and special district levels of government. Over the last half decade, Matt has worked as a planning consultant and project manager on comprehensive, park, corridor, active transportation, and downtown master planning processes and zoning and land development code projects. Immediately prior to his private sector planning experience, Matt spent five years leading the planning division for a fast-growing, almost 200,000 person county in metropolitan Atlanta and several years working with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a natural resources planner. The combination of these past experiences have provided him with extensive expertise in drafting action-oriented and implementable plans and codes. Matt holds a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University and a Master of Environmental Planning from Arizona State University.

Claudia Ortega is an Environmental Specialist and newly appointed Bicycle Coordinator for the Texas Department of Transportation in the El Paso District. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso from which she has a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Claudia works with TxDOT design teams and local governments to promote sensible bike infrastructure. She was part of the Strategic Plan team and continues to coordinate the Districts bike/ped needs throughout the region. She is a bicycle enthusiast who enjoys mountain biking in the beautiful Franklin Mountains State Park.

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