CSPDC Regional Planner Completes Commuter Choice Certificate Program

Paula Melester, a Regional Planner on the CSPDC’s Transportation Team recently completed the Commuter Choice Certificate Program.

The Commuter Choice Certificate program, offered through the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, is a prominent professional development program in the field of sustainable transportation. This comprehensive program takes two years to complete, with each participant required to earn 80 credits through synchronous and asynchronous online courses, homework assignments, and educational webinars. The program equips participants with specialized knowledge and practical skills essential for addressing the complex challenges of urban mobility. Through a carefully curated curriculum, participants delve into topics such as alternative transportation modes, transit-oriented development, congestion mitigation strategies, and policy advocacy. With a strong emphasis on hands-on learning and real-world applications, the program empowers individuals like Paula to become catalysts for positive change in their communities, promoting environmentally friendly and equitable transportation options that enhance the quality of life for all.

Paula will use this experience in her work on transportation and transit projects within the CSPDC region – particularly in her role as the Transportation Demand Management Coordinator for the region’s RideShare Commuter Assistance Program.

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