Community-Engaged Transit Planning

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 9:00–11:00 am

About the Webinar

This webinar showcased community engagement tools developed by the U's Minnesota Design Center as part of a project funded by the Transitway Impacts Research Program. The presentation reviewed the tools and explained how they have been used on the Rethinking I-94 project, led by the St. Paul architecture firm 4RM+ULA.

This webinar was held in conjunction with a meeting of the CTS Transportation Planning and the Economy Research Council.

Webinar Recording & Materials


Ebtehal Bahnasy
Tom Fisher

Thomas Fisher is a professor and the director of the Minnesota Design Center in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. His recent research has focused on the design of transportation infrastructure related to autonomous vehicles and mobility services as part of National Science Foundation and Department of Transportation grants. He is currently working on a publication entitled Future Streets, which will summarize the last three years of his work. His most recent book, which will be published by Routledge in early 2022, is focused on the post-pandemic world.

Ebtehal Bahnasy obtained her bachelor's degree in architecture from Alexandria University, Egypt, and her Master of Architecture degree from the U of M. She is currently a student in the U's Master of Science in Architecture Research Practices program. Since 2016, she has participated in academic and industry research projects that focus on biophilic architecture, designing for well-being, and equity and inclusion. Her interest in cultural and social issues inspire her design projects to have a human-centric approach to propose timely design solutions.

Lyssa Washington

Lyssa Washington is a native of Minneapolis and has worked on a variety of projects ranging from multi-use planning projects to educational facilities. She has spearheaded numerous community engagement projects throughout her career and as a member of the 4RM+ULA team. She is especially interested in impacting the community in which she grew up. As a project manager, her approach is to listen, with quiet curiosity, while building consensus among disparate groups. Lyssa has participated in all facets of project progression, from master planning through construction administration. Her engagement strategies are designed to reach audiences that are typically underrepresented in community engagement processes.


Attendees are eligible for 2.0 American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) maintenance credits.