PL-52 CEQA Transportation Impact Analysis under SB-743: Resources, Methods, and Tools

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Class Information


  Location: Online  


  Instructor Information 


This class has two 4 hour sessions on Monday and Wednesday.

Monday, March 5, 2018 :: 12:00-4:00 :: Pacific Time

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 :: 12:00-4:00 :: Pacific Time

This is a live online course. All times for the online lecture are in (California) Pacific Time. Approximately one week before the course start date, all paid students will receive detailed instructions on how to access the web based lecture and course site. You will also receive instructions on how to access the student course notebook.

Please make sure we have your updated contact information and that you have access to an internet connection for your desktop or laptop on the days and times of the lecture.

Class Fees

Course Fee (Basic)CA Public Agency$ 145.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Standard individual$ 290.00

This 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.

CEUs: 0.80


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This course grants .8 CEUs and 8.0 AICP CMs. (AICP CMs pending approval)


Senate Bill (SB) 743 represents a fundamental shift in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) transportation impact analysis that has implications for local and regional transportation planning. As required by SB 743, the California Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has recommended the replacement of vehicle LOS with vehicle miles of travel (VMT) as the new metric for analyzing transportation impacts. So, instead of basing impacts on changes to existing traffic conditions, impacts will be based on how much vehicle travel a project generates. To understand this shift, this course will explore the topics listed below.

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Topics Include

  • SB-743 updates the CEQA metric of transportation impact--context and purpose
  • Technical overview of VMT analysis methodologies, thresholds, and mitigation measures
  • Opportunities to update transportation planning practices to align with these changes

What You Will Learn

The course will provide students with approaches for implementing SB 743.
  • Various methodologies lead agencies can use to assess project VMT
  • How to choose which methodology to apply for a given project
  • Modeling tools for quantifying project VMT, VMT thresholds, and VMT reduction from mitigation measures
  • How to connect VMT reduction goals to goals for energy, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and transportation.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for planners, engineers, policy analysts, and CEQA practitioners, among others, in private or public practice who want to understand the technical details associated with SB 743 implementation and the fundamental changes in current transportation impact analysis practices.
This is not an introductory course on CEQA or environmental analysis. Training participants are expected to have the requisite knowledge on CEQA and the environmental-analysis professional practice in California.

Before taking the above course, trainees who may need some basic training on CEQA may want to explore CEQA: Step-by-Step Approach offered by UC Davis Extension.

For More Information

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