ITE Journal - May 2021 - 10

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Equity-Driven Solutions

Will Capers, PTP (M)
Director of Planning and
Community Development
Town of Dumfries, VA, USA
Education
Bachelor of Science, Engineering -
Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Urban and Regional Planning -
Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University
Professional Affiliations
American Planning Association,
Virginia Chapter, Student Representative,
Executive Board of Directors Co-Chair,
Student Representative Council,
July 2013 - November 2014
American Planning Association,
National Chapter, Member,
December 2012-present
ITE Involvement
Secretary, Transportation
Planning Council, 2018-present
Public Sector Committee, Washington DC
Section of ITE, 2019-2020
Fun Fact
Will is an avid traveler and has traveled
to 71 countries on six continents.

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ITE JOURNAL: How has the transportation planning profession evolved during your
time in the industry? What advancements have been particularly beneficial, and what
core elements remain the same?
CAPERS: I believe the most significant change in the transportation planning industry
has been the shift away from prioritizing vehicular mobility in concept as a principal in
system planning and design. In part, this evolution has developed due to the shift in land
use patterns where most suburban areas over the years have altered their land use practices
to include suburban activity centers that involve the mix of uses on a single site or small
planning area. This advancement in land use development has been beneficial to all travelers
of all abilities, where " accessibility " is now the focus of transportation system planning and
design. This has been depicted in many ways, such as emphasizing multimodal solutions in
transportation comprehensive planning goals, the retrofitting of large roadways facilities
that now provide access for all modes of travel, or even technological advances that bring
users out of cars and allow access to multiple travel modes.
ITE JOURNAL: As you work in urban transportation planning, do you see an active push
for more equity-driven solutions, and what other trends are you observing in this space?
CAPERS: In my current role as director of Planning and Community Development with
the Town of Dumfries, VA, USA, my department strives to incorporate equity in all of our
planning efforts to ensure that there is a fair distribution of benefits, programs, and services
for all community members, despite income and/or social differences. Most recently, equity
considerations played an important role in the town's Comprehensive Plan update, where
we planned for the Town of Dumfries' Historic Downtown Main Street district. We opened
the visioning to all town residents to incorporate new policy objectives that ensured that the
benefits of the plan amendments impacted everyone.
	 I believe there is an active push for more equity-driven solutions in transportation
planning, particularly identifying historically underprivileged communities that have a greater
reliance on public transit and pedestrian/bicycle facilities. For instance, in my role with ITE's
Transportation Planning Council, we are currently looking at how we can develop equity as a
quantifiable variable in the assessment of site development and transportation impact studies.
We hope to find solutions for how equity can be a consideration in site development.
ITE JOURNAL: You have your Professional Transportation Planner (PTP) certification
and are active within ITE. How have both your involvement with the organization and
holding a professional certification impacted your career?
CAPERS: As with many in the industry, ITE has been pivotal in advancing my career. When
I started out as a member a few years ago, ITE was very influential in helping me establish
a network of transportation professionals around
the world, with whom I continue to exchange ideas
and receive guidance regarding challenges that I
face day to day. My certification as a PTP, as well
as my experience as an executive member of ITE's
Transportation Planning Council and a contributor
on technical panel discussions, has furthered my
development as a subject matter expert in the field,
giving me the expertise and credibility necessary to
be successful in my professional role. itej



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