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Tom Hewitt Workshop

Pedestrian Safety and Transit Design Workshop with Tom Hewitt, Director of Service Development at MTA

Where: Impact Hub, Open Space East, 10 E. North Avenue
When: Tuesday July 9, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Tuesday, July 9th 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. @ Impact Hub Baltimore
Free for members, $5 for non-members (PDHs offered, see below!)
Pedestrian Safety and Bus Service Design, a workshop with Tom Hewitt, Director of Service Development, MDOT MTA


Join us at Impact Hub for a technical workshop on Pedestrian Safety and Bus Service Design with Tom Hewitt, Director of Service Development at the Maryland Transit Administration. YPT Baltimore will host this and future workshops as part of a collaborative series about pedestrian and bicyclist safety on Maryland roads. The workshop series is led by the local ITE Section Thanks are in order to the Washington, D.C. Section of ITE and APA Maryland for their contributions to this event, including the provision of PE and AICP credit hours for professionals in the respective fields.

Food and drink will be provided (venue is BYOB).

About Tom Hewitt

Tom is the Director of Service Development at MDOT MTA where he leads all aspects of service and bus stop planning, scheduling, and data collection and analysis for the 65-route core bus system. 

Growing up in northern New Jersey, Tom developed an affinity for public transit using commuter and heavy rail to New York City. His usage of transit expanded while at Ohio State University studying the both the built and social environment. Without a car, taking COTA around metro Columbus was a necessity. He had so much fun, he stayed for his Masters in City and Regional Planning before taking his talents to Tampa where he started his career as a Transit Planner and GIS Analyst in 2007. His time in Florida showed him the importance and relationship between transit, pedestrian safety, and accessibility. He moved to Maryland in 2012 where he held multiple in-house consultant positions with MTA, first as an operations planner then as the Office of Engineering’s ADA Accessibility Manager before joining MTA’s Office of Service Development in 2016. Tom’s attention towards safety, for passengers and bus operators alike, and his ability to see things as a planner, an engineer, and an operations manager, are all skills that have served him well during his tenure at MDOT MTA.

When Tom isn’t working or discussing transit on social media, he and his wife are playing zone defense against his soon-to-be four years old identical triplets boys. Beyond his family duties, Tom enjoys his weekly ice hockey games, hiking and biking, as well as sipping on a good Maryland rye whiskey.

Summary of What You’ll Learn

  • Discuss the relationship between service planning, including bus stop placement and design, in relation to pedestrian safety
  • Identifying key elements in accessibility and legibility of how transit riders depict and access the bus network
  • Application of technical requirements and prioritization of improvements when necessary
  • Importance of standardization and guidelines to enforce consistency within the system, with an emphasis on MDOT MTA’s new Bus Stop Design Guide
  • Developing communication and coordination among the various stakeholders
  • We’ll end with an interactive exercise to design safe transit service in a neighborhood

Professional Credit Hours

  • 2.0 PDHs for PEs (confirmed by Washington DC ITE)
  • 1.5 PDHs for AICPs (confirmed by APA Maryland)
  • Necessary forms and sign-in sheets will be provided via web link or in paper format, along with contact information for the respective PE and AICP organizations.

Jade Clayton

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