2020 Small Grants


The Transportation Planning Division Small Grants provides assistance for a program, study, initiative, social activity or other innovative transportation-related opportunity. Grants are typically a maximum of $500.


First place: Dense City Podcast, Rebecca Mayers
"I recently started a podcast called "Dense City" which is a show where I discuss academic articles and books on the topic of cities with the researchers who write them. The goal of this podcast is to translate academic knowledge in an accessible way, in order to help practitioners and the general public understand the dense concepts we take for granted in academia. My research focuses on active transportation, and I have a network of guests I can invite. However, it would be great to compensate people for their time and to have the TPD-e-blast as a platform to promote current research, advertise the podcast, and enable all the TPD members to have access to this research in an entertaining way."


First place: Feasibility of Easements for Transportation Greenways/Trails in Brookhaven, GA, Elizabeth Yarnall

"There is a great deal of evidence that many people prefer to walk, bike or roll along separated facilities like trails or greenways. For many who utilize transit, trips do not simply begin or end when they get on or off a bus or train. This project would examine potential corridors for greenways/trails in a small area in Brookhaven, GA; develop contract templates for generating easements for such facilities; and assess the general interest of specific landowners for such easements on their property. The benefit to the transportation planning community would be to validate this method of small area planning; provide legally-reviewed template contracts from which to build on for greenways; and provide some limited idea of landowner opinions about such easement opportunities in a limited geographic area. Any of these materials and methods could be utilized by others in the profession to enhance the connectivity of multi-use trails/greenways to transit facilities in their community or spark further academic research of such an approach across geographies."


Second place: Assessing accuracy of previous travel demand model forecasts, Robert G Schiffer, AICP
"I have access to numerous 2010-2015 model forecasts from the 1980s and 1990s that could be compared against actual traffic counts to help assess forecasting accuracy and the factors that might have contributed to any shortcomings. I started this process almost 3 years ago when I formed my independent planning practice but without funding, I set these efforts aside for the time being. I believe it's important to understand if our models have served the purpose for which they were developed and if not, what are potential sources of error."


Michael Piscatelli, Town of New Haven, CT & Johnny Shively, Civic Impact Lab

Supporting a Civic Impact Lab focused on Transit Oriented Development

Ozzy Arce, City of Walnut Creek, CA

Supporting the Young Planners Group of the APA Northern California Chapter for hosting a panel discussion on Sustainable Transportation Programs & Policies Around the Bay Area

Gretchen Vetter, Capital Area MPO

Supporting a North Carolina Statewide TPD Networking Event


Francesca Patricolo, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation / PedPDX

Community engagement video

Sicheng Wang, PhD Student at Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy, Rutgers University

Is Transit Important for Single Parents? A Study on the Travel Mode Choice of Single Parents Based on Evidence from Maryland

Paulina Urbanowicz, Student at University of Texas at Austin

Educational Series and Workshop: Why the Planner-Engineer Relationship Matters in Transportation

Roberto Brady, Tulare County Association of Governments

Active Transportation Community Partnership Program

Saeed Ahmadi, PhD Student at North Carolina State University

Augmented Reality and Equitable Active Transportation

Patricia Neighbor, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Professional Development Assistance

Alvaro Villagran

Chicago's First Transportation Camp


Orange County, California

$1,500 to support instructor time and training materials for Safe Routes to School: 1-2-3 GO! Workshop

Fredericksburg Area, Virginia

$500 to support a PYRO-Box for Bicycle & Pedestrian Counting Program

Tulare County, California

$500 to support additional outreach events for Bike & Stride Outreach Program


Nicole Losch, City of Burlington (Members' Choice)

$750 to support street demonstration and a public event.

Rahsan Dawson, Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation & Logistics/Tarrant County College

$500 to support a transportation career pathway awareness curriculum

Eric McAuliff, Marin Transit

$500 to support a workshop for a group of social service agencies and transportation providers committed to better coordination of mobility management efforts in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

S. Nathan Jones-Meyer, Williamson County

$500 to support a public outreach event in order to promote fun and safe pedestrian and bicycle transportation on the trail system.


James Wagner, AICP, APA Oklahoma Chapter

$450 in support of the Walk to the Future Sidewalk Summit in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on October 14, 2014

Jesse Cohn, Student at UNC Chapel Hill DCRP

$400 in support of the Carolina Transportation Program for an event featuring Norm Steinman on Charlotte's Urban Street Design Guidelines

William "Kyle" Anderson, Deputy Director of Bike Lending at American University

$500 to promote and raise funds for the bike lending program.

Jon Makler, APA Oregon Chapter & Alison Tanaka, WTS Portland Chapter

$500 in support of a joint APA/WTS professional development event