VJS-TC
Valerie J. Southern - Transportation Consultant, LLC
Valerie J. Southern - highway planner and transit traffic management tribal transportation consultant
REPRESENTATIVE PROJECTS
  1. Anacostia Waterfront Initiative - Signal/ITS Design Standards, District Department of Transportation, CH2M Hill, Washington DC. 2013 - 2016

    Work Performed.  VJS-TC recently completed Design-Build ITS design specifications and cost estimates for a AWI bridge corridor and 15 proposed signals.  This work also involved inter-agency coordination with DDOT engineering and AWI project staff. VJS-TC work continues with the preparation of additional corridor design and ITS specifications for other AWI traffic corridors.
  2. State College Area Universal Transit Access Study, Penn State University, Central Area Transit Authority (CATA). 2013

    Work Performed.  As subcontractor to LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., VJS-TC assisted with operational and implementation strategy for new university U-pass program, including coordination of regional and county transportation plans and policies to accommodate new service.
  3. Sakonnet River Bridge Tolling Project, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance Analysis, Portsmouth, RI. 2013 - 2014

    Work Performed.  As subcontractor to MLA, LLP, VJS-TC assessed bridge tolling environmental impacts in compliance with 23 CFR 771.05 and performed comparative review of supplemental and re-evaluation criteria for re-issued project FEIS and ROD.
  4. Transportation Planning and Training: U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, DC. 2010 - 2016

    Work Performed.  VJS-TC served as Project Manager overseeing a team of financial, planning and educational specialists - involving the development and design of five (5) transportation planning training modules distributed nationally by the USDOT FHWA Office of Planning.
  5. Transportation Engineering Assessment: Office of the Inspector General, Department of Defense, Alexandria, Virginia. 2011 - 2012

    Work Performed.  As lead subcontractor VJS-TC conducted an independent engineering assessment, with recommendations, on the impacts and assumptions of Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) Commission recommendation #133.  This formal analysis assesses the transportation and land use impacts resulting from the planned re-location of 7,000 DoD employees and government contractors to the Mark Center complex in Alexandria, Virginia.
  6. On-Call Planning and Engineering: Port of Tacoma, Washington. 2011 - Present

    Work Performed.  For this assignment, VJS-TC is a subcontractor to DN Traffic Consultants, providing on-call traffic engineering and transportation planning services and support to the Port of Tacoma in Washington State. The Port of Tacoma is the 7th largest port in the United States.
  7. Expert Testimony: P3 Legislation. Lansing, Michigan. 2011

    Work Performed.  VJS-TC assisted a private client in the research and presentation of transportation best practices and infrastructure finance techniques (such as TIFIA, SIBs, PABs and P3s). VJS-TC presented findings, on behalf of the client, in expert testimony to the Michigan Senate Economic Development Committee considering Public Private Partnership (P3) enabling legislation.
  8. National Research - Intermodal Commuter Facilities: TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). Washington, DC. 2010 - 2011

    Work Performed.  As subcontractor, VJS-TC conducted national study of best practices in the management and financing of park and ride and intermodal commuter facilities. The research offers guidance and new information on effective management and financing techniques to State departments of transportation pressed to address the growing demand for park and ride and intermodal commuter facilities.
  9. National Research - National Guidebooks for MPO, Transit and Tribal Transportation: U.S. Department of Transportation. Washington, DC. 2006 - 2010

    Work Performed.  VJS-TC, as prime consultant, conducted best practices research which resulted in the publication of a national guidebook by the USDOT FHWA Office of Planning entitled Tribal Transportation Best Practices, 2010. Additionally, VJS-TC's 2008 policy analysis for FHWA resulted in the publication of FHWA-HEP-08-006: Tribal Transportation Funding Resources.

    Work Performed.  VJS-TC also performed, from 2006 to 2008, as subcontractor to Vanasse Hangen Brustlin providing research, policy and technical support for the USDOT Federal Transit Administration publication Transit at the Table II: A Guide to Participation in Metropolitan Decision-making for Transit Agencies in Small and Medium-Sized MPOs.
  10. Transportation Planning: Long Range Transportation Plan. Cle Elum, Washington. 2007 - 2010

    Work Performed.  VJS-TC, as prime consultant, prepared the City's 20-Year Long Range Transportation Plan.  Services included analysis and evaluation of deficiencies in freeway, roadway, freight, transit, pedestrian, bicycle and recreational trail services. The final 140-page deliverable advances a phased and multi-modal capital, finance, policy and planning strategies and recommendations that support and complement the City's land use plan and policies. VJS-TC coordinated and managed the 14-member Transportation Working Group for this project, comprised of federal, state, regional, county and local elected officials, business owners and stakeholders.
  11. Transportation Planning:  Long Range Transportation Plan. Ellensburg, Washington. 2003 - 2005

    Work Performed.  VJS-TC, as prime consultant, prepared the Kittitas County 20-year multi-modal transportation plan. Services included research, evaluation, analysis and development of countywide transportation systems – freeways, roadways, transit, rail, freight, bicycle, pedestrian and recreational trail. In additional to traffic modeling forecasts, compliance with State Growth Management Act requirements, VJS-TC was responsible for project web site development and public facilitation and participation.
  12. Ferry Feasibility Study: U.S. Department of Interior – Bureau of Indian Affairs, Portland, Oregon and Makah Nation, Neah Bay, Washington. 2004 - 2005

    Work Performed.  VJS-TC, as prime consultant, assessed feasibility of a regional cross-channel passenger-vehicle ferry service from Washington State to British Columbia, Canada.  Study involved marine engineering, vessel, dock and facility design, vessel specifications, roadway service requirements, intermodal connection and pedestrian-transit demand analysis.  Work also required passenger demand forecasting and regional economic impact analysis, Homeland Security Act compliance and environmental permitting review.  Work also involved presentation to and management of a bi-national US-Canadian stakeholder advisory group.
  13. Pedestrian Safety and State Highway Context Sensitive Design: Edgewood, Washington. 2003 - 2005

    Work Performed.  As subcontractor, VJS-TC designed recommendations for improved transit, pedestrian and bicycle services and facilities along Meridian Avenue (SR161); a major traffic arterial traversing the City of Edgewood. This work supported the context-sensitive-design objectives of the City, the Project Stakeholders Committee and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

    Work Performed.  VJS-TC also served as prime consultant for another Edgewood assignment to 1) identify pedestrian safety deficiencies along traffic corridors serving City elementary, middle and high schools and 2) recommend capital improvements to correct deficiencies. VJS-TC produced a schedule of two-year and six-year capital improvement projects and identified funding sources for each. In following the company's recommendations, the City received its highest ever level of federal and state transportation safety grants. VJS-TC administered the City Council-appointed Pedestrian Safety Planning Committee resulting in broad public consensus and support for the final recommendations.
  14. Area Corridor Study – Transit Element, Sammamish, Washington. 2000 - 2002

    Work Performed.  For the newly incorporated rural community of Sammamish, Washington, VJS-TC:
    • Performed transit systems alternatives analysis beginning with inventory of existing METRO and Sound Transit services; documenting deficiencies in location, frequency and coverage.
    • Prepared demand estimates for future service based on 2010 and 2020 population, concurrency assumptions and traffic projections.
    • Recommended new regional bus routes, park and ride facilities and service amenities and route linkages, including high-occupancy-vehicle and queue-bypass facilities on city and connecting county arterials.
  15. Port Intermodal Marine Facilities Project, Port of Anchorage, Alaska. 2002 - 2004

    Work Performed.  VJS-TC served as Subcontractor to the engineering firm of Tryck Nyman Hayes. The TNH Team planned and designed the Port of Anchorage’s $150 million port expansion called the Intermodal Marine Facilities (IMF) project. VJS-TC work involved documentation and interpretation of the regulatory and legislative funding mandates established by Congress and Federal granting agencies (FTA, FHWA, DoD and Corps of Engineers) and providing written guidance on federal compliance requirements including but not limited to:
    • Use of funds and local match requirements,
    • Pre-application, environmental, engineering, planning and public review requirements and
    • Project funding restrictions, reporting and audit procedures.

    VJS-TC serves as project liaison to the Federal granting agencies, the FTA Seattle Regional Office and the Alaska Congressional delegation. VJS-TC assisted in the development, and was a speaker at the “One-DOT” conference in Anchorage, Alaska, which assembled regional federal and state agencies to discuss IMF funding and compliance.

 
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