Complete streets, transit, bikeway, and pedestrian planning, design, and performance measurement
The Transportation Impact Study (TIS) is one of the most effective tools for assessing the impacts of new land development (or redevelopment) and establishing a nexus for requiring project mitigations, including impact fees. Recent legislation as well as public sentiment have made it imperative that transportation professionals better understand how to prepare and review these studies.
Although current California environmental regulations (CEQA) require specific methods for use in analyzing transportation impacts (like focusing on vehicle-miles traveled), this class considers a broader variety of transportation impacts. A good TIS can consider a much wider range of impacts than CEQA and therefore can better reflect local community values.
This 8-hour course (4 two-hour modules) provides basic procedures and practical applications of analysis for determining impacts using various performance metrics on all transportation modes: pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and auto, while emphasizing best practices employed in California and other areas. It considers such topics as site access and off-site improvements to satisfactorily accommodate project traffic, including traffic signals. It also considers how impact fees can be applied consistent with California law to recover costs associated with the new development, as well as non-VMT impacts such as mutli-modal impacts, delay to buses, providing the right amount of parking, internal circulation, and improving the pedestrian/ bicycle environment.
This course focuses on urban/suburban streets (non-freeways), internal circulation planning, and providing just the right amount of parking. Applications of analyses include improving transportation impact studies, environmental impact reports (EIRs) and project mitigation, new development design standards, and the CEQA review process.
Attendees will also become familiar with:
This course is a combination of instructor presentations with interactive engagements to apply the techniques in the real-world, with case studies and applications of the material. This material complements the "Multimodal Transportation Operations: Evaluation Methods & Performance Measures" and "VMT Metrics Policy Applications & Technical Analysis for SB 743 Compliance" courses, although each can be taken as a stand-alone class.
Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.
SESSION 1 - Overview, Concepts & Legislation/Policies (2 hours)
SESSION 2 - Multimodal Analysis Concepts & Techniques (2 hours)
SESSION 3 - Case Study, Planning Topics & Procedures (2 hours)
Students will learn how to prepare and review a comprehensive multi-modal transportation impact study, including stand-alone studies and those prepared to support CEQA documentation.
Topics include basic level-of-service (LOS) concepts for all modes, and how to apply them to conduct performance and level-of-service analysis for various types of urban streets with various levels of accommodation for different modes, determine the impacts of system improvements using vehicle miles traveled (VMT), and analyze operational impacts of possible changes in the allocation of street cross-section to various modes.
Planners, engineers, technicians, and others at all levels of experience, who prepare or review transportation impacts from land developments will benefit from this class.
A minimal level of mathematics is required (basic algebra).
Participants will need a basic calculator for several in-class problem sets. A complete set of Course Notes (i.e., printed overhead slides) will be provided by the instructors.
All training participants should familiarize themselves, if possible, with the following important documents before the class to prepare themselves adequately for this focused training (at least by quickly reviewing them):
Caltrans "Local Development - Intergovernmental Review Program Interim Guidance" revised 11-9-2016:
Senate Bill No. 743 (SB 743) Statute Language: The topic for this new state law in California focuses on "Environmental quality: transit oriented infill projects, judicial review streamlining for environmental leadership development projects," among other things. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140SB743
Governor's Office of Planning & Research: The Governor's Office of Planning and Research invites the public's review of a preliminary discussion draft of updates to the CEQA Guidelines implementing Senate Bill 743 (Steinberg, 2013), which address the evaluation of transportation impacts under CEQA. A copy of the preliminary discussion draft is available via the link below. Notices of any workshops will be posted on OPR's website and their listserv: http://opr.ca.gov/ceqa/updates/sb-743/ http://www.opr.ca.gov/docs/FAQs_Regarding_SB_743_09262014.pdf ITE SB 743
Committee Comments on Draft Above: http://www.westernite.org/ITE%20Letter%20to%20OPR%2011-21-14.pdf
"Transit and Traffic Impact Studies State of the Practice": An Informational Report of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, Report IR-146, Feb. 2019. Available to purchase from: https://ecommerce.ite.org/IMIS/ItemDetail?iProductCode=IR-146-E
Bill Cisco, PE, Manager Urban Planning Traffic Engineering / PTV
Bill Cisco has over 20 years of experience in transportation engineering and planning. Bill's areas of expertise include traffic operations, transportation planning, transportation impact analysis, travel forecasting, congestion management, parking analysis, and training. At PTV, Bill's duties include managing traffic engineering and transportation planning software applications, including PTV Vistro. Previously, Bill worked at Traffic Technology Services as a director of product intelligence, and as a consultant for Dowling Associates, CCS Planning & Engineering, and Kaku Associates. Bill is registered as a professional engineer.
Steve Colman, PTP
Steve Colman is a professional transportation planner (PTP) with more than 36 years of experience in all modes of surface transportation, including the preparation of EIR transportation sections and more than 75 traffic impact studies, general plan circulation elements, bikeway plans, and transit system plans. He was a Principal at Dowling Associates in Oakland for more than 20 years. He chaired the Institute of Transportation Engineer's (ITE) technical Coordinating Council 2012-2014, and is currently working on a history of Bay Area transportation. In 2016, he received the Western ITE District's Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest award given by the District.
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