Instructor InformationThis class is offered in partnership with the California Department of Transportation, Division of Local Assistance. Registration fees are subsidized with funding from the Cooperative Training Assistance Program. Reduced rates are available to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies only.
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CEUs: CEUs: 2.40
CreditsThis course grants 2.4 CEUs and 24.0 AICP CMs. (AICP CMs pending approval)
DescriptionIn 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.
What You Will LearnAttendees 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. 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. Trainees will learn the planning role of multimodal surface transportation 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 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:
Who Should AttendThis course is intended for local (i.e., cities and counties) 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. The course is primarily appropriate for urban and suburban perspectives, but may be relevant to rural areas that are subject to urban growth challenges.
Required MaterialsAttendees 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 AssignmentsWe highly recommend for all attendees to 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
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