NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY - 05/20/2016
To celebrate and promote bicycling as an alternative mode of transportation and overall health and fitness, KFH Group staff in our Bethesda, MD and Seattle, WA offices participated in the National Bike to Work day. While biking to work is a regular occurence for some of the staff it was a first time for others. The overall consensus from the experienced bicyclists and the newbies was that it was a blast. The newbies are making plans to do this more than just once a year. Time to go shopping for some fun bicycle gear.
Bethesda Office from left: Joel Eisenfeld, Jason Quan, Patrick Hayes, Laurie Schwartz, and Will Sutton
Seattle office: Nathalia Roberts
KFH GROUP WELCOMES TRANSPORTATION PLANNER JAMAAL SCHOBY - 5/16/2016
|Mr. Schoby holds a Master of Transportation Planning from Texas Southern University. Prior to joining KFH Group, Mr. Schoby worked in the Office of Performance Management and Innovation at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), where he collaborated with senior staff and department coordinators to develop strategic goals, performance indicators, and reporting procedures. He has experience researching peer agencies for the purpose of developing performance measures and standards. Mr. Schoby has provided planning, research, project coordination, and technical assistance to the Texas DOT, Houston-Galveston Area Council, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County.|
ROCK THE CREEK 30 MILE RELAY - 9/27/2015
In support of Hope Connections for Cancer Support and Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) the KFH Group's relay team, In Transit, successfully completed a 30 mile relay between Derwood and Bethesda, MD. Hope Connections provides assistance to people with cancer and their loved ones deal with the emotional and physical impact of cancer. Team RWB helps wounded veterans in reintergrating back into society. 100% of the proceeds from the race directly benefited the two organizations.
Front row from left: Jason Quan, Toni Quan, Laurie Schwartz, Adam Schwartz.
Back row from left: Latisha Johnson, Will Sutton.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY ADA BUS STOP IMPROVEMENT LEADERSHIP RECOGNIZED BY FTA - 7/23/15
On July 23rd, Federal Transit Administration Acting Administrator Therese McMillan and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Montgomery County's leadership in ADA bus stop improvements. Montgomery County's nine-year Bus Stop Improvement Program has enhanced pedestrian safety and accessibility at more than 3,000 bus stops throughout the County. KFH Group is proud to have played a core role in this initiative, conducting the county-wide inventory and assessment of 5,400 bus stops, assisting the County in planning the improvements, coordinating improvements made by construction contractors, providing technical assistance in designing the improvements, and evaluating the installation as well as maintaining the County's detailed bus stop database.
Acting FTA Administrator Therese McMillan
speaks at the July 23rd celebration. Joining her are,
from left: Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett,
Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner,
Chair of the Montgomery County Commission on
People with Disabilities Seth Morgan M.D.
To the right is the Maryland Transit Administration's
Senior Deputy Administrator and
Chief Operating Officer Ronald Barnes.
Pictured above: Front row from left: Stacy Colletta, Montgomery
County Transit Passenger Facilities Unit Manager, and Jason Quan,
KFH Group Senior Transportation Planner, who managed the project
that developed the bus stop inventory. Back row: Jeff Dunkel,
Montgomery County Department of Transportation Pedestrian Safety
Coordinator, and Lee Winestone, KFH Group Transportation
Technician, who since 2006 has provided ongoing support
to the County and developed innovative approaches to making stop
safer and more accessible.
KFH GROUP CELEBRATES 20 YEARS - 5/12/15
May 12, 2015 marked KFH Group's 20th anniversary. KFH Group was founded in 1995 with a primary goal of providing high-quality and responsive consulting assistance. Named after the firm's three Principals: Sue Knapp, Fred Fravel, and Ken Hosen; the company has grown to a staff of more than 20 transportation professionals plus support staff with offices located in Maryland, Texas, and Washington State.
KFH Principals, Staff, and Former Staff
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary
KFH Principals Pose with a Photo Collage
Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of KFH
KFH GROUP WELCOMES TRANSPORTATION ANALYST LATISHA JOHNSON - 5/5/15
In May, Latisha Johnson joined the KFH Group. Ms. Johnson brings her recent experience working for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) where she performed data analysis and contributed to many strategic planning initiatives within transit operations. In addition to using GIS analysis for planning studies, Ms. Johnson also voluntarily teaches GIS to high school students as part of the 4-H Program in Balitmore, Maryland. Ms. Johson has also assisted with developing GIS manuals for undergraduate and graduate GIS courses at Morgan State University. Ms. Johnson serves on the Bus Rapid Transit Advisory Committee for the Montgomery County Rapid Transit Study. She is currently a Masters Candidate in City and Regional Planning at Morgan State University.
KFH GROUP WELCOMES NEW STAFF - 4/20/15
Lucinda Shannon joined the KFH Group as transportation planner in March 2015. Lucinda Shannon has eleven years of human service and coordinated transportation planning expericence in addition to a Master's in Public Policy and Administration.
RESOURCE IS SUBJECT OF NEW TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE BRIEF ON FIXED-ROUTE ACCESSIBILITY - 2/12/15
TCRP Report 163: Strategy Guide to Enable and Promote the Use of Fixed-Route Transit by People with Disabilities, which KFH Group helped to develop, provided the basis for another recently published resource: Easter Seats Project ACTION's "Promoting Accessible Fixed-Route Transit: Strategies from TCRP Report 163 Information Brief." The six-page ESPA brief succinctly presents the findings and recommended strategies from the Strategy Guide. As part of the team that developed the in-depth Strategy Guide, KFH Group's research and strategy recommendations focused on accessibility of bus stops and the pedestrian environment, as well as transit agency approaches to accommodating riders who use wheelchairs and other mobility devices and service monitoring practices.
KFH GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW STAFF, PROMOTIONS - 12/23/14
KFH Group welcomes Laurie Schwartz to the team as the Bethesda Office Manager. Laurie brings with her 15 years of office management experience and 12 years of teaching physics to non-science majors. She recently relocated to Maryland and is happily learning the intricacies of city life and public transportation.
KFH Group is also pleased to announce the promotion of Patrick Hayes to Transportation Planner. Patrick graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Geographical Sciences in 2013.
Welcome Laurie and congratulations Patrick!
The KFH Group-developed resource, "Curriculum for New State DOT Transit Grant Managers in Administering Federal and State Transit Grants," is now available online.
Sponsored by the Transportation Research Board’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and published as Web-Only Document 203, this resource provides state transit directors with a curriculum to train new staff in Federal Transit Administration program management and subrecipient oversight.
The KFH Group team (Sue Knapp, Beth Hamby, and Holly Chase) designed the curriculum to be used by state DOT personnel who train new state transit program staff, as well as for self-study by new hires. It addresses all of the FTA requirements for states in place at the time the curriculum was developed, and is organized into a series of modules, including topics like "Introduction to FTA Grants," "Procurement," and "Asset Management." An additional module provides state transit directors with tools for identifying the core skills needed for future recruitments.
KFH Group is thrilled to welcome Luke Chen Stober to the KFH Group family! Luke was born on September 18th to Jill and Mike Stober. Congratulations to the new parents!
KFH Group is assisting the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) with its Title VI Program update for transit services operated in the Baltimore metropolitan area, and recently provided staff at “pop-up” events. On June 19th and 24th, staff conducted pop-ups at the Mondawmin Transit Center and the Baltimore Arena Light Rail and Bus Stop during morning commute hours. The purpose of the outreach was to obtain public input on draft policies for major service changes, disparate impact, and disproportionate burden, which are required as part of the agency’s Title VI Program update. MTA’s Title VI Program outlines policies and procedures to ensure that its services are provided in a nondiscriminatory manner.
KFH Group staff engaged riders to collect over 600 completed surveys. Riders who completed a survey received a free Charm Card, and KFH staff joined MTA representatives in answering riders’ questions about how to use and load value onto the cards. KFH will help MTA incorporate the public input into policies that will guide MTA’s evaluation of major service changes and any fare changes.
Above left, KFH Group team members, sporting reflective "MTA" vests, assist MTA staff members (in blue vests) in greeting morning commuters at the Mondawmin Transit Center. Representing KFH Group, from left, are Patrick Hayes, Jason Quan, Jill Stober, and Will Sutton. Photo courtesy of MTA.
On June 2, 2014, Montgomery County, Maryland announced that an eight-year bus stop improvement program has enhanced Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility and pedestrian safety at 2,879 bus stops, and that work continues to upgrade the remaining bus stops.
KFH Group is proud to have played a major role in this initiative to make Montgomery County a safer and more accessible place. Under contract to the County, we not only conducted the countywide inventory and assessment of 5,400 bus stops that was completed in 2006—we also assisted the County in developing a system for prioritizing the improvements, estimating costs for each stop, and developing a schedule to complete the improvements in a cost-effective manner. Since 2006, KFH Group has continued to assist the County in planning and coordinating improvements made by construction contractors, providing technical assistance in designing the improvements and evaluating contractor installation, as well as maintaining the County’s detailed bus stop database. Senior Transportation Planner Jason Quan managed the project that developed the bus stop inventory. Since 2006, our ongoing support has primarily been the work of Transportation Technician Lee Winestone, who has developed innovative approaches to making stops safer and more accessible.
Montgomery County is not the only jurisdiction in which we have provided significant bus stop improvement support. Under project leadership by Jason Quan, KFH Group has conducted inventories and assessments of over 20,000 bus stops across the country. The bus stop checklist that KFH Group developed for Arlington County, Virginia was used as the model for the checklists contained in the Easter Seals Project ACTION "Toolkit for The Assessment of Bus Stop Accessibility and Safety." KFH Group has also garnered extensive experience in assessing pedestrian pathways in the vicinity of transit stops, and has developed detailed and innovative checklists, electronic tools, and systematic approaches to assess the extent to which stops and pathways meet ADA requirements.
KFH Group, in association with AMMA Transit Planning, developed the recently released "Community Tools to Improve Transportation Options for Veterans, Military Service Members, and Their Families."
Sponsored by the Transportation Research Board’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) and published as TCRP Report 164, this resource provides guidance and tools for community organizations and local transit agencies for improving public transit, specialized transportation, volunteer services, and other transportation options for those who have served or are now serving our country in uniform, as well as their families.
This user-friendly tool kit addresses topics such as leadership, coordination and mobility management, business practices, communication, and evaluation. It was developed following extensive research conducted by the KFH Group team, led by Principal Investigator Elizabeth “Buffy” Ellis, on promising practices and programs funded under the federal government’s Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative, the Veterans Administration Volunteer Transportation Network, Disabled American Veterans, U.S. Department of Labor, the Veterans Health Administration Veterans Transportation Service program, and more. Many of these practices and programs are highlighted throughout the guidebook, which can be ordered free of charge through www.tcrponline.org.
See the National Academies for more information and to download a PDF of this resource.
KFH Group is part of a team working with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to determine how to make 25 “underutilized” transit stations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia more accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists. Learn more about the project from WAMU.
In continued support of all modes of public transportation, KFH Group is excited to announce a new partnership with the American Intercity Bus Riders Association (AIBRA).
AIBRA promotes the use, positive perception, and future expansion of the intercity bus system in the US. It is a source of free and current information for the public to find stations, link to carriers, and determine how services interconnect. See the AIBRA website for more, including the intercity bus map recently featured on Huffington Post and Greater Greater Washington.