Foresight for regional transportation planning: Lessons from Central Illinois
Ana Mendoza, McLean County Metropolitan Planning Commission
This talk will focus on the McLean County Metropolitan Planning Area’s Long-Range Transportation Plan that was completed in 2022, and the Champaign County Long-Range Transportation Plan. It will go over the community outreach process, how it takes a team to build and create a successful plan, as well as what could have gone better in terms of design and planning. We will also go through the plan itself, analyze what could have been improved, some strengths of the plan, and have an activity of some sort. The purpose would be to show how there is no one “right” way to create a plan, and that the most important part of plan creation is getting to know your community and being involved in the whole process.
Ana Mendoza is a GIS Specialist with a passion for natural science, sociology, analyzing data, and creating stories with the information analyzed. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies and Planning and a minor in Informatics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her junior and senior year, she interned with the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission as a transportation planner, where she helped create several transportation plans. Upon graduation, she went on to obtain a master’s degree from the University of Glasgow in Urban Transport, where her thesis focused on autonomous vehicle preference, work style, and work benefits. She then began working for the McLean County Regional Planning Commission as an Assistant Planner; she is now the GIS Specialist for McLean County as a whole. She assists various McLean County Departments in their GIS, transportation analysis, sociodemographic analysis, cartographic needs, and more, and am always on the lookout for ways to better leverage technology to build more resilient communities.