Transportation Planning Fundamentals for California Streets

Dates: March 8-10, 2016

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

Location: Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

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. Reduced rates are available to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies only.


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


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.

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Topics Include

  • The Multimodal Transportation Planning Process and Legal Framework
  • Data Collection, Quantitative Analysis, and Travel Forecasts
  • Environmental Analysis and CEQA New Trends (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 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: Putting it All Together
  • Surface Mass Transit Planning Concepts
  • Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) & Light Rail Transit (LRT) Design Elements and Issues
  • What You Will Learn

    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. 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:
  • Learn the basic principles for highway operations in California, the latest innovations of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in freeway multimodal functions, and how to relate regional travel pricing policies to successful multimodal operations (e.g., Bay Area)
  • 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 in urban and suburban communities alongside a successful movement of vehicles, including bus priority considerations and success stories throughout the state and nation, with a focus on available tools and design techniques in harmony with the complete streets concepts
  • Learn about the effects of parking considerations as well as innovative pricing programs (e.g., SF Park) 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 land use contexts in the state
  • Learn how the various transit modes are essential components of well-planned communities from big cities, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, to suburban municipalities to small towns
  • Learn key planning, design, and operational elements pertaining to LRT and BRT in a multimodal operational environment (e.g., Gold Line LRT, Van Ness BRT)
  • Learn how to better integrate public transit modes with each other, with other modes of surface transportation, and with land use; and the role of the state's metropolitan regions and local governments in this integration
  • Who Should Attend

    This 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 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 for all attendees to skim the things that interest them most from the reading list below before the class.

    For More Information

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    Cancellation Policy

    Cancellation fee is $75. There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided we receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin.

    In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

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    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

    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.

    Rafat Raie

    T.E., Principal at Advanced Mobility Group

    Mr. Raie has nearly 35 years of traffic engineering & planning experience in both the public and private sectors. As a City Traffic Engineer for several cities, he is well experienced in the design, operations, planning, and maintenance. Mr. Raie has delivered numerous courses for professionals as an instructor with ITS Tech Transfer and conducted many safety assessments for tribal communities as part of the UC Berkeley SafeTREC program. In the past decade of his public sector experience, he led the deployment of several Smart City technologies for improved communications, parking management, detection, multi-modal data collection and signal preemption.

    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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