Multimodal Transportation Planning and Engineering

Dates: March 8-10, 2016

Meets: Tu, W and Th from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown


This course grants 2.4 CEUs and 24.0 AICP CMs. (AICP CMs pending approval)


Multimodal transportation networks and systems are planned, designed, built, operated, and maintained to provide safe, comfortable, and environmentally sustainable travel for all users of all ages and differing levels of mobility. Ideally these systems should provide for all modes, including walking, bicycling, taking transit, and driving. Transportation facilities must always be functional to allow for emergency response, road maintenance, and overall movement of goods.

This course covers the planning and conceptual design of sustainable multimodal transportation facilities; the history of multimodal transportation planning in the US; the policy environment for sustainable, multimodal transportation; how to integrate multimodal transportation into the urban planning process; and how to design streets, intersections, crossings, and interchanges consistent with the sustainable, multimodal approach. While the aforementioned elements span across the nation and maybe worldwide, the course's discussion of the legislative environment is more focused on California. The course spans the full range of key areas from characteristics of the transportation 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 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, options for separating or prioritizing modes in layered networks, planning for multimodal travel wherever possible, managing multimodal transportation operations efficiently, promoting economic development and livability (in addition to access and mobility), and the best practices in multimodal transportation infrastructure planning and sustainable land development.

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Topics Include

  • The Multimodal Transportation Planning Process and Legal Framework
  • Data Collection, Quantitative Analysis, and Travel Forecasts
  • Environmental Analysis and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) New Trends - Senate Bill 743 (SB-743)
  • Evaluation and Prioritization of Multimodal Transportation Projects
  • Public Participation & Involvement, Dealing with Controversy
  • Freeway Multimodal Considerations
  • The New Transit/Multimodal Role for Arterials and Collectors
  • Multimodal Traffic Signals
  • Pedestrians and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Accommodations: It's the Law
  • Pedestrian Safety and Economic Development
  • Residential Streets: Livability and Quality of Life
  • Multimodal Auditing Techniques and Walking Tour
  • On-Street Bicycling and Ensuring Bicycle Safety
  • Bicycle Paths and Their Interface with Other Modes
  • Surface Mass Transit Planning Concepts
  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) & Light Rail Transit (LRT) Key Design & Operations Issues

What You Will Learn

Attendees will gain an understanding of the role multimodal transportation planning plays in the U.S. today and the processes that are used to achieve planning objectives, including how data is collected and used in multimodal transportation analyses. Attendees will gain an understanding of 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:
  • Learn the basic principles for highway operations, the latest innovations in freeway multimodal functions, and how to relate regional travel pricing policies to successful multimodal operations
  • Learn about parallel relationships of multimodal measures on arterial and collector streets for proper freeway operation and multimodal interactions, as they meet over critical junctions such as signalized intersections
  • Learn a full range of treatments for pedestrian and bicycle movement alongside a successful movement of vehicles, including bus priority considerations and success stories throughout the country, with a focus on available tools and design techniques in harmony with the complete streets mentality
  • Learn about the effects of parking considerations and how they influence modal choice and healthy economic development
  • Learn the key design and operational strategies to improve the safety and mobility of bicyclists in a multimodal environment and gain an understanding of which bikeway design options are appropriate for which land use contexts
  • Learn how the various transit modes are essential components of well-planned communities from big cities to suburbs to small towns
  • Learn key planning, design, and operational elements pertaining to LRT and BRT in a multimodal operational environment
  • Learn how to better integrate public transit modes with each other, with other modes of surface transportation, and with land use

  • This course is cross-listed as PL-14 Transportation Planning Fundamentals for California Streets

    Who Should Attend

    This course is intended for urban planners, transportation planners, and traffic/transportation engineers and technicians at local, regional, and state agencies, as well as transportation and land use consultants. Both new and experienced planners and engineers will benefit from this course. The course is primarily appropriate for urban and suburban perspectives, but may be relevant to rural areas that are subject to urban growth challenges.
    This course is cross-listed as PL-14 Transportation Planning Fundamentals for California Streets

    Required Materials

    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.

    Suggested Pre-Course Reading Assignments

    We highly recommend that attendees familiarize themselves with the resources below and review those of particular interest prior to attending class.

    • California Governor's Office of Planning and Research, SB 743 Guidelines (Note: This is current at time of writing; guidelines could change by mid-2015)


    We have a limited sleeping room block on a first come first serve basis. Please call the Sheraton at 213-488-3500 before February 8, 2016 to make your reservtions.

    Fee Breakdown

    Course Fee (Basic)CA Public Agency$ 495.00
    Course Fee (Alternate)Standard individual$ 990.00

    Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown

    711 South Hope Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

    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 José 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.

    Date Day Time Location
    03/08/2016Tuesday8 AM to 5 PM Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown
    03/09/2016Wednesday8 AM to 5 PM Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown
    03/10/2016Thursday8 AM to 5 PM Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown


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