For Phase II, NACTO selected two cities to participate in the Green Light project as Agency Accelerators. In selecting these cities, NACTO looked for agencies whose structural challenges aligned well with one or more of the hypotheses about project delivery and who were interested in testing theories of change. Two agencies emerged as clear candidates: the San José Department of Transportation (SJ DOT) and the Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI).
At the time, SJ DOT was gearing up to do public outreach about Better BikewaySJ, a largescale rapid build-out of protected bike lanes in Downtown San José. Their challenge was how to design a marketing campaign for the project that would most resonate with local residents and therefore minimize backlash about implementation. In selecting San José as an Agency Accelerators focus, NACTO tested the hypothesis that cities can shape the public process to ease project approvals by developing a messaging campaign that resonates with local residents.
In Pittsburgh, the recently chartered DOMI was in the early stages of realigning existing staff and office cultures and developing processes for how work gets done in a new agency. Initially, NACTO sought to test the hypotheses that implementing a clear internal architecture for project management and oversight would enable DOMI to rapidly implement an ambitious set of goals, and that standards for design and delivery would help avert project pitfalls and miscues. However, as the project evolved, DOMI narrowed its focus to developing a process for project prioritization, enabling NACTO to test the hypothesis that creating a well defined system for prioritizing projects would help DOMI to implement its goals and more effectively balance new needs and projects with long-term investments and repairs.