Multimodal Courses

Multimodal Courses

Overview of our Multimodal and Active Transportation courses

Since the late 1960s, California has been on the forefront, enacting state legislation that protects the environment, promotes quality of life for residents, and ensures equity in the use of natural resources and investment of taxpayers’ money. Today, the Golden State continues to spearhead state legislation to achieve these lofty goals.

In response to State legislation and official policy guidelines from State agencies, Tech Transfer has been offering training courses in multimodal and active transportation over the last decade -- including complete streets planning and design, bus-rapid-transit planning, transit-oriented development planning, bikeway facility planning and design, pedestrian facility design, multimodal transportation impact analysis and performance measures, and VMT metrics application/analysis, among others.

Our training courses in multimodal and active transportation support our State’s overarching goals to promote sustainable transportation, combat climate change, reduce greenhouse gases, promote affordable housing and efficient land development, address environmental-justice and equity concerns, promote safety for all travel modes, and enhance our communities’ quality of life and economic vibrancy.

For example, OPR has selected vehicle-miles-of-travel (VMT) as the preferred metric to comply with Senate Bill 743 (SB 743). The recommended changes to the CEQA Guidelines require fundamental changes in current transportation impact analysis practices and have implications for transportation planning as part of general plans and regional transportation plans. Our TE-60 course covers the technical details of how to address these changes and includes detailed step-by-step explanations of how to analyze land use projects, transportation projects, land use plans (e.g., general plans), and regional transportation plans under SB 743.

Multimodal Course Catalog

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AV-12 Airport Systems Planning and Design (Annual Short Course)

This course grants 2.8 CEUs and will soon be approved for 28.5 AICP CM credits (AICP credits pending approval)

Description

The course is being offered in association with the National Center of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research (NEXTOR).

This five-day course offers an overview of airport planning and design for those entering or wishing to become more familiar with the field, as well as an opportunity for those with more experience to expand their knowledge of specific topics. The course is taught by some of the leading practitioners (and most experienced instructors) in the industry. In addition to covering the fundamentals of airport planning and design, the course presents emerging issues and the latest trends facing airport planners, operators, and consultants in the US and around the world. The topics covered range from airport and airline economics and travel demand forecasting to airport capacity analysis, noise analysis, and environmental planning. Topics covered also include airfield design, passenger terminal planning, airport ground access, and air cargo facilities planning.

Intended Audience

This course in intended for engineers and planners working for airport authorities, consultants, and government agencies, as well as airport and airline management personnel interested in the technical considerations that need to be taken into account in planning airport development. It will also be of interest to those involved in teaching transportation engineering courses or undertaking research on airport-related topics.

For Questions about Course Content

Contact Geoff Gosling, the course coordinator, at 510-528-8741 orgdgosling@aol.com

For more information including the course agenda and hotel information please go to the NEXTOR website.

PL-11 Complete Streets Planning and Design

Description

Complete Streets are planned, designed, operated, and maintained to provide safe and comfortable travel for all users of all ages. Complete Streets provide for all modes of transportation, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit vehicles, and motorists, as well as allow for emergency response, road maintenance, and goods movement. This course covers the planning and design of Complete Streets, including the history of Complete Streets; the policy environment for Complete Streets, particularly in the California legislative environment; how to integrate Complete Streets with the urban planning process; and how to design streets, intersections, crossings, and interchanges consistent with the Complete Streets approach.

Topics covered

  • the history of Complete Streets
  • the policy environment for Complete Streets
  • new planning trends affecting decisions regarding transportation
  • integrating Complete Streets with general plans, specific plans, RTPs, TIPs, and the entitlement process
  • layered networks
  • design manuals and guidelines relevant to Complete Streets
  • cross-section element design: travel lanes, parking, shoulders, pedestrian facilities, bicycle facilities
  • experimental and innovative bikeway design
  • signalized intersection and uncontrolled crossing design

Who should attend

Students will gain an understanding of the Complete Streets approach and its application to planning and design. Students will learn how to plan for future Complete Streets as well as how to retrofit existing streets to provide for all modes of transportation. Additionally, students will learn how to evaluate complicated trade-offs between modes of transportation.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for urban planners and transportation engineers at local, regional, and state agencies as well as consultants. Both new and experienced planners and engineers will benefit. The course is primarily appropriate for urban perspectives; however, it will address Complete Streets in rural environments as well.

PL-14 Transportation Planning Fundamentals for California Streets

Description

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.

Topics covered

  • 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

This course is cross-listed as TE-40 Multimodal Transportation Planning and Engineering

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.

PL-60 Bus Rapid Transit: Planning, Design, and Operations (online)

Description

Bus rapid transit (BRT) is an adaptable, cost-effective mode of public transportation suitable for deployment in both larger and smaller cities worldwide. The optimal BRT functions like light rail transit, but on existing streets as a premium express urban bus transit service. BRT can either supplement or replace existing bus networks, as well as either supplement or substitute for light rail transit services. BRT offers the opportunity to expand urban and regional transit networks for less cost and in less time than rail transit alternatives. Additionally, BRT can serve as a medium-term alternative to rail transit until demand for the more expensive but higher capacity mode is proven. There are many versions of BRT deployment, but best practices include: install bus rapid transit on dedicated bus lanes with traffic signal preemption capabilities at intersections, distinctive vehicles, enhanced bus stop amenities, wider stop spacing than convention urban bus transit, platform-level boarding, and unique branding. BRT corridors need to be evaluated carefully with attention to population and employment density and growth forecasts, right of way availability, ridership and cost compared to transit modal alternatives, and ease or difficulty in implementation. Successful BRT lines and networks build transit mode share by offering a time-competitive alternative to the private motor vehicle.

Topics covered

  • Definition, attributes, and history of BRT
  • BRT benefits and costs
  • Varieties of BRT deployment
  • BRT vehicles
  • BRT stop amenities
  • Marketing BRT
  • BRT corridor and system planning
  • Optimal BRT

What you will learn

Students will acquire BRT planning and design capability. They will learn how to design a BRT line and network, select BRT vehicles and stop amenities, BRT branding and marketing, and integrating BRT with other transit modes. Students will also increase their understanding of the interdisciplinary collaboration essential in creating a successful BRT line or system.

Who should attend

The course is intended for planning staff in local, regional, and state agencies, as well as consultants. Community planners, public transit planners, transportation planners, traffic engineers, urban designers, land developers, and decision-makers will all find the course useful. The course is appropriate for both the urban and the suburban perspectives.

PL-61 Transit-Oriented Development: Putting it all Together (online)

Description

Transit-oriented development (TOD) has emerged as a powerful, effective way to integrate land use and public transit. TOD done right links smart growth and sustainability with higher capacity rail or bus transit services. This linkage takes place in the environs of the rail passenger station or the bus rapid transit stop. TOD concentrates workplaces, residences, and supporting retail services within convenient walking distance of rail or bus rapid transit service. In doing so, TOD brings customers to public transit services as well as creates vibrant, mixed-use communities. There are many challenges in creating successful TODs. These include building effective public-private partnerships, ensuring multi-modal TOD access for the "last mile" and beyond, "right-sizing parking", and balancing private and public uses to create a unique place identify.

Topics covered

  • The definition, attributes and history of TOD
  • TOD benefits
  • Parking for TOD
  • Multimodal access and land use mix
  • Public-private partnerships
  • Case studies and best practices

Who should attend

Students will acquire TOD planning and design capability. They will learn how to design a TOD land use mix, parking program, and multimodal access. Students will also increase their understanding of the public-private partnership essential in creating a successful TOD. In addition, students will enhance their appreciation for placemaking centered around public transportation.

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for planning staff in local, regional, and state agencies as well as consultants. Community planners, public transit planners, transportation planners, traffic engineers, urban designers, land developers, and decision-makers will all find the course useful. The course is appropriate for both the urban and the suburban perspectives.

TE-32 Pedestrian Facility Design (online)

Description

Federal, state and local policies assert that pedestrian facilities are important parts of a multi-modal transportation system. Communities across California are asking for more emphasis on walkability, with facilities that are safe and comfortable for all pedestrians, including those who are disabled. Recent updates to the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices provided more option to address pedestrian safety and convenience. This new course covers principles and good practices, including how to plan, design, and operate a wide range of pedestrian-friendly facilities, including sidewalks, crosswalks, and other public spaces adjoining or intersecting the vehicular transportation system. Application of current standards and guidelines is emphasized. Case studies supplement lectures.

The course is developed to meet the training needs of persons charged with preliminary planning, development, or design of high-quality pedestrian facilities. It will also be valuable for persons responsible for planning pedestrian friendly networks, interested in learning how to deliver quality facilities, or desiring tools to remodel existing facilities to better serve user needs.

Topics covered

  • treatment options for safe pedestrian crossings, including signal options and operations
  • design guidelines & standards for pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, transit stops, and public spaces
  • integrate safe and attractive pedestrian facilities with motorized traffic, Vision Zero
  • ADA requirements, guidelines, and implementation strategies
  • formulate community design guidelines to account for pedestrians
  • integrating pedestrian basic needs and concerns into policies and planning codes
  • use of GIS tools

What you will learn

Students learn how to create a variety of pedestrian-friendly facilities while staying within federal and state standards and guidelines for safety and meeting current ADA requirements.

Trainees will gain an in-depth understanding of the design considerations that should guide the development of pedestrian master plans. Trainees will be better prepared to develop quality designs, apply design principles to inform project planning phases, and address issues that may limit effectiveness of existing facilities.

Who should attend

This course is designed for engineers, planners, and consultants with responsibility for planning, designing or constructing pedestrian facilities along streets and highways.

This course is most appropriate for persons interested in understanding how to design a facility that meets user needs, encourages additional usage and growth in walking and preserves or improves safety for all users. While the course is designed for persons who may be charged with design of pedestrian facilities, it will offer value and insight to persons who are interested in or charged with oversight of the project selection, refinement, and design process.

TE-34 Bikeway Facility and Master Planning (online)

Description

This course will orient participants within the bicycle planning discipline, familiarize them with tools and accepted practice, and connect them with essential planning, design, and policy resources. The course will cover concepts, practices, and policies employed by the most bicycle-friendly cities and useful to practitioners to transform an average city into a bike-friendly city. The course is relevant to Planning, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, and Traffic Engineering departments, as well as land use and development consultants. The course will address best practices for preparing bicycle master plans, particularly California requirements. The course will also introduce participants to the technical toolbox for planning and designing bicycle facilities.

Topics covered

  • Brief orientation to relevant Federal and California law and codes, legislation and incentives
  • Health benefits, Active Transportation / Safe Routes To Schools, Vision Zero, Environmental Justice, equity, underserved communities
  • Environmental analysis: threshold of significance
  • What makes a bicycle-friendly City? (policies and practices, model ordinances)
  • Bicycle Master Plans and Active Transportation Plans: elements and examples
  • Integration of bikeway network into multimodal transportation system / Complete Streets. School and transit commute-sheds. Interchanges and barriers. Jurisdictional boundaries
  • Network-level planning, connectivity and project development. General Plan Circulation Element. Modal priority / "Complete Corridors", impacts to other modes. Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) analysis. Traffic character - local vs. out-of-town / cut-through
  • Bikeway types and applicability: volume/speed/context, passing environment
  • Standards: traditional / Caltrans, recent additions, innovative and experimental elements. MUTCD, Interim Approvals, Experimentation, NACTO
  • Specifics of widths, markings and signage between and through intersections
  • Tools for transforming streets: cross section and "width budget", minimum vs. optimum, width reallocation, parking modifications, minor/major widening, roundabouts
  • Bikes and traffic signals: detection, green time and clearance intervals, bike signals, pedestrian hybrid beacons
  • Prioritizing, funding and programming bicycle projects
  • Pilot projects, "Tactical Urbanism", pop-up demonstrations
  • Maximizing opportunities: interdepartmental coordination, development review, CIP, traffic signal & ITS upgrades, maintenance programs
  • Liability issues related to project design and environmental review
  • Resources for further learning and practice

What you will learn

Trainees will develop basic fluency in concepts and components of bicycle facility design and planning as part of the transportation network, beginning with an introduction to relevant legislation and policy. Trainees will also develop several ways to think of bikeways in terms of components (widths, markings, signage, signals), context (urban / suburban / rural, motor traffic volume), and user preferences. They will learn about design details and considerations for each bikeway type, tools for transforming streets, and traffic signal control options to support bicycling.

Who should attend

This class is designed for transportation planners and engineers, land use planners, bicycle program coordinators, consultants, and advocates. Real estate developers may also find the course valuable to understand how to maximize the bicycling potential and minimize undesired impacts of development.

TE-36 Multimodal Level-of-Service Analysis (online)

Description

Recent legislation, as well as public sentiment, has made it imperative that transportation professionals better understand how to analyze complete streets that serve all users. This new online course provides the basics and practical applications of analysis procedures for determining level of service for pedestrians, bicyclists, bus transit users, and auto users. It emphasizes the methods that have been developed in the recently released Highway Capacity Manual update (HCM 2010), although other methods will be discussed. This course focuses on urban/suburban streets (non-freeways). Applications of analyses include improving transportation impact studies, environmental impact reports and project mitigation, new development design standards, and setting level of significance guidelines as part of the CEQA review process. Attendees will also become familiar with:

  • cross-modal impacts (when capacity or physical characteristics of one mode are changed and thereby affect another mode using the street)
  • labor saving shortcuts for data collection (because the methodology can be very "data hungry")

This course is a combination of instructor presentations and a brief overnight homework exercise to apply the techniques in the real-world. The material complements TE-05 (Traffic Operations and Highway Capacity Analysis) and students are encouraged to take both classes, although each can be taken as a stand-alone class.

Topics covered

  • the Level of Service (LOS) concept-- what it means and why do it
  • research behind the 2010 HCM
  • cross-modal impacts
  • intersection vs. street segment Issues
  • data collection shortcuts & gathering field information
  • software available
  • California statutory and General Plan requirements
  • applications to site impact studies
  • applications to new development and design standards
  • relationship to Sustainable Transportation Indicators
  • TDM/TSM applications and project mitigation
  • typical schedule and budgetary requirements
  • developing target LOS and thresholds of significance

What you will learn

Students will learn basic level of service 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; and analyze operational impacts of possible changes in the allocation of street cross-section to various modes.

Who should attend

This class is intended for planners, engineers, technicians, and others who have had minimal prior experience with the applications of the HCM, although some familiarity with the HCM may be helpful. A minimal level of mathematics is required (basic algebra).

Requirements

Participants will need a basic calculator for a home problem set.

TE-42 Multimodal Transportation Impact Analysis

Description

Recent California legislation, as well as public sentiment, has made it imperative that transportation professionals better understand how to analyze and interpret performance measures related to complete streets and sustainable transportation. This new course provides the basics and practical applications for determining level of service for pedestrians, bicyclists, bus transit users, and auto users. It also provides information on the evolving changes in CEQA (SB 743- Steinberg) that requires determining the vehicle miles of travel (VMT) generated by proposed land development and transportation projects, and the determination of what constitutes a significant impact under the new law (including safety impacts).

The course emphasizes the use of the latest Highway Capacity Manual 6th edition (HCM6, released in 2016), the Institute of Transportation Engineer's (ITE) new Trip Generation Handbook 3rd edition, and other methods, and the latest state rules. 

This course focuses on urban/suburban streets (non-freeways), with equal emphasis on responsibilities normally under Caltrans' or local agency control. Applications of analyses include improving transportation project design, preparation of defensible environmental impact reports and project mitigation, and prioritizing facilities for improvement. 

This course combines instructor presentations with interactive engagements to apply the techniques in the real-world, with case studies and applications of the material. 

Attendees will also become familiar with:

  • Cross-modal impacts (when capacity or physical characteristics of one mode are changed and thereby affect another mode using the street)
  • Labor-saving shortcuts for data collection (because some multi-modal level of service methodologies can be very "data hungry")
  • How 'induced travel demand' is defined, and when it does (or does not) create a significant environmental impact under the law
  • Determining what causes a potentially significant safety impact

Topics covered

  • the Level of Service (LOS) concept-- what it means and why do it, pros and cons of different methods
  • research behind the newest HCM, released late in 2016
  • cross-modal impacts
  • how to calculate VMT from a proposed project
  • gathering field information & data collection shortcuts
  • software available to assist in analysis
  • California statutory requirements (especially CEQA and SB 743)
  • relationship to the latest Caltrans Highway Design Manual
  • applications to Context Sensitive Design
  • assessing safety impacts of projects
  • relationship to Sustainable Transportation Indicators
  • incorporation as part of project mitigation
  • developing target LOS and thresholds of significance
  • typical schedule and budgetary requirements
  • measuring environmental justice impact
  • increasing transit as a share of regional VMT
  • applying analytical and simulation tools to multi-modal impact analysis

What you will learn

Students will learn 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.

Who should attend

Planners, engineers, technicians, and others at all levels of experience, including those who have had minimal prior experience with the HCM can benefit from this class, although some familiarity with the HCM is desirable. A minimal level of mathematics is required (basic algebra).

Requirements

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.

Suggested Pre-Course Reading Assignments

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):

TE-43 Multimodal Transportation Operations: Evaluation Methods & Performance Measures (online)

Description

This new online training course provides the fundamentals required to understand, perform, and interpret the results from multimodal operational analysis and performance evaluations. Several of the most commonly used evaluation and analysis methods are presented with real-world examples. The course focuses on how to develop an appropriate set of performance measures to reliably compute the gains in performance to the transportation system (and/or subsystems) attributable to a project, policy, or program of interest. It also covers the data sources and data reliability, analytic (evaluation) methods and their strengths and limitations, and the overall reliability of the analytical results. 

Topics covered

  • Understanding the scope, scale and focus of your program's needs and the evaluation process
    • What decision processes are driving the need for the performance evaluations?
    • What are the resulting performance measured being used for?
  • Selecting appropriate performance measures, and evaluation methods
  • Overview of the various analytical and empirical techniques for transportation system performance evaluations & monitoring programs
  • Potential data sources: inputs to the analysis process
  • Reliability of analytic methods, empirical methods, and the data we use as inputs
  • Combining empirical & analytical procedures for better results
  • How to choose data sources & evaluation methods for your particular project needs
  • Analytical and Simulation Software Tools - Tool types, criteria for selection, and performance measures (with examples)
  • Analysis techniques & data sources - how to choose best data & methods for your particular project needs

What you will learn

Attendees will learn about the various analytic methods that can be used to measure the performance of transportation systems and isolated system elements (like freeway segments and signalized intersections). Attendees will also learn which performance measures are best suited for different analysis purposes - why we choose the performance measures we do for a particular project. Upon completion of the course, they will be able to gauge the reliability of the performance estimation process, the underlying inputs and the resulting (calculated) performance measures. This course uses a combination of lectures, case-study examples, and classroom exercises to convey tools and logic for tackling traffic problems. It provides a sound technical foundation for additional specialized courses such as traffic signal operations, freeway operations, and roadway capacity analysis.

Who should Attend

This course is intended for transportation planners, transportation engineers and technicians at local, regional, and state agencies, as well as transportation planning consultants. Both new and experienced planners and engineers will benefit from this course. It will also benefit board members, managers, and others involved with developing, reviewing and/or approving transportation performance monitoring programs, corridor improvement plans, or transportation system performance evaluation efforts.

TE-52 Bikeway Facility Design and Safety Improvement (online)

Description

This new, in-depth class on design of facilities for bicycling addresses both legacy facilities and innovative designs that are being developed within many communities at this time. This course will orient participants with fundamentals and details of bikeway design, ranging from application of traditional designs (bike routes, lanes, paths) to innovative facilities that are growing in popularity, such as separated/protected bikeways and special shared treatments. The course will cover a wide range of subjects ranging from user types and preferences, operator characteristics, to detailed design approaches. The course includes numerous examples of legacy and innovative facilities, including examples from European cities that experience extremely high bicycle usage for all ages and abilities.

The course is developed to meet the training needs of persons charged with preliminary planning, development, or design of high-quality bikeway facilities. It will also be valuable for persons responsible for planning bicycle friendly networks, interested in learning how to deliver quality facilities, or desiring tools to remodel existing facilities to better serve user needs.

Topics covered

  • User criteria to establish design approach
  • Characteristics of the wide range of bikeway users
  • California laws that regulate bikeway design considerations
  • Recent changes to standards and guidelines
  • Liability issues related to project design and environmental review
  • Detailed design considerations for bicycle facilities
  • Traditional bikeway facilities
  • Innovative bikeway facilities
  • International treatments
  • End-of-trip Facilities
  • Case studies

What you will learn

Trainees will gain an in-depth understanding of the design considerations that should guide the development of bikeways that consider safety, provide attractiveness and comfort for new users, and encourage increasing bicycle usage. Trainees will be better prepared to develop quality designs, apply design principles to inform project planning phases, and address issues that may limit effectiveness of existing facilities. While the course is designed for persons who may be charged with design of bicycling facilities, it will offer value and insight to persons who are interested in or charged with oversight of the project selection, refinement, and design process.

Who should attend

This course is most appropriate for persons interested in understanding how to design a facility that meets user needs, encourages additional usage and growth in bicycling, and preserves or improves safety for all users. While appropriate and intended for designers, bikeway planners and other professionals will find value in learning principles of how to design for safety, to encourage new users, and to retrofit existing facilities that do not meet user expectations. This class is primarily designed for transportation engineers who are charged with bikeway design and safety. However, it may be valuable and interesting for planners, bicycle program coordinators, and advocates who are interested in helping to see better facilities for their communities.

TE-60 VMT Metrics Policy Application & Technical Analysis for SB 743 Compliance

Description

The course will examine the origins of changing the transportation metric from level of service (LOS) to vehicle-miles-of-travel (VMT). We will discuss VMT and its relationship to climate change impacts; the legislative history of VMT in California, including Senate Bills (SBs) 375 and 743; and an overview of the new CEQA Guidelines update. We will also discuss means by which local agencies can continue to address the issue of traffic congestion outside of the CEQA process.

OPR has selected vehicle-miles-of-travel VMT as the preferred metric to comply with SB 743. The recommended changes to the CEQA Guidelines include a Technical Advisory that provides recommendations about VMT screening, methodology, and thresholds. These recommendations require fundamental changes in current transportation impact analysis practices and have implications for transportation planning as part of general plans and regional transportation plans. This course will explain the technical details of how to address these changes and include detailed step-by-step flow-chart explanations of how to analyze land use projects, transportation projects, land use plans (e.g., general plans), and regional transportation plans under SB 743.

Topics covered

  • What is vehicle miles travelled (VMT)?
  • VMT and its relationship to greenhouse gas emissions
  • The legislative evolution of VMT
    • SB 375 - Sustainable Communities Strategy
    • SB 743 - mandate to update the CEQA Guidelines
  • The CEQA Guidelines
    • Role of the Guidelines
    • OPR's task to update the CEQA Guidelines
    • The underlying philosophy - encourage infill, discourage sprawl
    • What the CEQA Guidelines say
    • OPR's technical advisory
  • Is LOS still a thing?
    • Exception for "roadway capacity projects"
    • Local development standards to limit congestion take the place of CEQA mitigation
    • Local traffic impact ordinances can live on
  • Role of VMT in environmental impact analysis versus transportation planning
  • VMT estimation and forecasting methods
    • Data and models
    • Project versus cumulative analysis
    • Differences in methods for energy, air quality, GHG, and transportation impacts
    • Induced Travel
  • Role of the ARB's Mobile Source Strategy in establishing substantial evidence for significance thresholds
  • Role of RTPs and general plans in setting significance thresholds
  • Mitigation sources, strategies, and limitations

What you will learn

This class will provide attendees with a background of CEQA's VMT traffic metric, including an understanding of the origins of the new traffic metric; a discussion of the new CEQA Guidelines provisions on VMT, including an introduction to the OPR technical advisory; and suggestions on how local agencies can adapt so that concerns about congestion and traffic impact fee programs can be addressed outside of CEQA. Students will obtain a rich set of practical information to help them navigate SB 743 compliance.

This will include how to estimate and forecast VMT using a variety of methods and what limitations apply; how to relate VMT reduction goals across technical topic areas including energy, air quality, greenhouse gases, and transportation; how to select the form of VMT that is most useful in measuring transportation impacts; how to select appropriate thresholds; and what constitutes substantial evidence to support these decisions.

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. It will also provide a foundational understanding of the origins and underlying philosophy behind California's new VMT traffic metric.