Complete streets, transit, bikeway, and pedestrian planning, design, and performance measurement
In today's environment, local streets and roads need to be planned, designed, built or retrofitted, operated, and maintained to provide safe, comfortable, and environmentally sustainable travel for all users of all ages and differing levels of mobility. Ideally these local streets and roads should provide for all modes, including walking, bicycling, taking transit, and driving. Local streets and roads must be operationally functional to allow for emergency response, road maintenance, and overall truck movement of goods.
This course covers the planning and conceptual design of sustainable, multimodal, local streets and roads; the history of multimodal surface transportation planning in the US; the policy environment for sustainable, multimodal transportation; how to integrate multimodal transportation into the local urban planning process; and how to design local streets, intersections, crossings, and interchanges consistent with the sustainable, multimodal approach. The course's discussion of the legislative environment is focused on California.
The course spans the full range of key areas from characteristics of the local roadway system, analysis of flow and capacity, traffic/transportation operations, traffic control devices, pedestrian/bicycle facilities, and surface transit operations to traffic safety and advanced analytical methods.
The course is taught by a team of professional engineers and planners who practice in the private and public sectors with a collective experience exceeding 100 years.
Key learning concepts to be highlighted throughout the three days of intensive training include: managing conflict between/among surface modes, striving for a balanced approach to promoting multiple modes along the same right-of-way (ROW) or crossing each other, promoting safety between modes and for each mode on local streets and roads, options for separating or prioritizing modes in layered networks, planning for multimodal travel at the local level wherever possible, managing multimodal transportation operations efficiently, promoting economic development and livability (in addition to access and mobility), and the best practices in multimodal surface transportation infrastructure planning and sustainable land development for livability.
Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.
Module 1: The Multimodal Transportation Planning Process & Legal Framework
Module 2: Data Collection, Quantitative Analysis, & Travel Forecasts
Module 3: Environmental Analysis & CEQA New Trends (SB 743)
Module 4: Public Participation & Involvement, Dealing with Controversy
Module 5: Evaluation & Prioritization of Multimodal Transportation Projects
Module 6: Freeway Multimodal Considerations
Module 7: The New Transit/Multimodal Role for Arterials & Collectors
Module 8: Multimodal Traffic Signals
Module 9: Safe & Accessible Pedestrian Design
Module 10: Parking Considerations for Healthy Economic Development
Module 11: Residential Streets: Livability & Quality of Life
Module 12: On-Street Bicycling & Bicycle Safety
Module 13: Bicycle Paths
Module 14: Mass Transit Planning Concepts
Module 15: Transit Design & Operational Issues
Attendees will gain an understanding and appreciation of the necessary balance of all surface modes in building, operating and maintaining a functional and multi-modal infrastructure, and multi-modal streets that make effective and efficient use of rights-of-way represent an essential framework for developing and maintaining vital urban and suburban centers and neighborhoods.
Attendees will learn the planning role of multimodal surface transportation in the U.S. today and the processes used to achieve planning objectives, including how data is collected and used in multimodal transportation analyses, while gaining an understanding of how regional plans and forecasts affect local land use and transportation plans.
They will also learn how environmental analyses and public participation fit within the multimodal transportation planning process, including key impacts on existing networks, legal requirements, and how to resolve conflicts of multimodal transportation projects.
In addition, attendees will:
This course is intended for local urban planners, transportation planners, and planning technicians, as well as transportation and land use consultants. Both new and experienced planners will benefit from this course.
This course is primarily appropriate for urban and suburban perspectives, but may be relevant to rural areas that are subject to urban growth challenges.
Attendees are required to bring a basic scientific calculator (e.g., featuring logs, square roots) for the problem-solving exercises. An engineer's scale is also recommended.
We highly recommend all attendees skim the things that interest them most from the reading list below before the class:
Main Street, California - A Guide for Improving Community and Transportation Vitality California Department of Transportation, 2013 https://dot.ca.gov/-/media/dot-media/programs/design/documents/main-street-3rd-edition-a11y.pdf
Introduction to Multi-Modal Transportation Planning - Principles and Practices Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, 2017 http://www.vtpi.org/multimodal_planning.pdf
Glossary of Transportation Planning Acronyms and Terms Metropolitan Transportation Commission https://mtc.ca.gov/tools-resources/online-tools/glossary-transportation-planning-acronyms-and-terms
A Guide to California Planning, Unraveling the Acronyms William Fulton, 2005 http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/faculty/handy/TTP220/Fulton_on_agencies.pdf
The Metropolitan Transportation Planning Process: Key Issues A Publication of the Metropolitan Capacity Building Program (FHWA, FTA, AASHTO, APTA, AMPO), 2001 http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/faculty/handy/TTP220/MPOBriefingBook86.pdf
A Guide to Transportation Decisionmaking U.S. Department of Transportation (FHWA, FTA) http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/publications/transportation_decision_making/decisionmaking.pdf
Public Involvement Techniques for Transportation Decision-MakingU.S. Department of Transportation http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/public_involvement/publications/techniques/fhwapd96031.pdf
California Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Transportation Impacts (SB 743 Guidelines): CEQA Guidelines Update and Technical Advisory http://opr.ca.gov/ceqa/updates/sb-743/
INVEST - Sustainability and Highways Federal Highway Administration https://www.sustainablehighways.org/120/learn.html Highway Design Manual, Chapter 300 - Geometric Cross Section California Department of Transportation, 2018 https://dot.ca.gov/-/media/dot-media/programs/design/documents/hdm-complete-14dec2018.pdf#page=211
Highway Design Manual, Chapter 1000 - Bicycle Transportation Design California Department of Transportation, 2018 https://dot.ca.gov/-/media/dot-media/programs/design/documents/hdm-complete-14dec2018.pdf#page=807
Rafat Raie, PE, Deputy Director of Public Works, City Traffic Engineer, City of San Rafael
Mr. Raie has nearly 30 years of Traffic Engineering experience including design, operation, planning, and maintenance. As an instructor with ITS Tech Transfer for the past nine years, he has shared his professional experience in pedestrian facility design and operations in communities throughout California. He has a well-rounded experience in traffic signal systems, parking systems, innovative pedestrian facilities, and ADA standards.
Richard Lee, PhD, AICP, Director of Innovation and Sustainability, VRPA Technologies, Inc
Dr. Lee has over 30 years of experience as a transportation consultant and academic, mainly in California. He has taught transportation planning and led research projects at UC-Berkeley (2007-2009), Cal Poly SLO, UC-Davis, Massey University (New Zealand) and San JosÃ© State University. As a consultant he has led Regional Transportation Plan and General Plan studies, transit projects, and project level EIRs. This broad experience has given him first-hand experience with all aspects of transportation planning, from policy development to implementation. Richard enjoys working with local, regional and state agencies and the private sector to develop feasible circulation solutions tailored to specific community needs.
Charles Rivasplata, PhD, Senior Transportation Planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency SFMTA
Dr. Rivasplata has more than 25 years of experience in transportation planning and policy. In addition to the SFMTA, he is a lecturer at San Jose State University (SJSU), and has lectured at the University of California (UC), Stanford University, and Sonoma State University (SSU). His professional portfolio has featured work on transportation demand management (TDM) strategies, as well as the Transportation Element of the San Francisco General Plan, bike-transit catchment studies, a residential carsharing study, and policies promoting transit integration in the Bay Area and beyond.
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