Online Courses

Online courses

Why online training?

Given the financial and time commitments required for traditional classroom training, it is not always a viable training solution for all agencies. In response, Tech Transfer developed a robust online training program. Taken a few hours a day over several days, our online courses provide the same quality of training as our traditional classroom courses but allow us to keep our fees down and your time commitment as low as possible.

Our online courses are great for groups, too. This is our most cost-effective training option for agencies, because there is no limit to the number of people that can attend from any single location. We regularly have groups of ten or more viewing our online training sessions together. If you have a group you need trained and would like to do so for one low price, all you need is a conference room with an internet-connected computer, a monitor large enough for your whole team to see, and speakers so everyone can hear. Please note that when groups attend together, only one registered attendee is eligible to receive a certificate of attendance and any credits (CEUs and/or AICP CMs) that may be awarded for the course. Make sure that any team member who requires the credits awarded is registered in their own name and logs in individually for the course.

Make sure you're ready

Our online courses are taught using the Canvas LMS (Learning Management System) and you should make sure your system meets their system requirements and your browser is supported. We also recommend you discuss any possible technical or online security issues with your IT staff before you register for any online classes. If you are worried about connectivity issues, please contact the online training coordinator at least two weeks prior to the start of the class to schedule a time to test your system. Unfortunately, if you have not tested your system prior and you have technical issues during a live online class, we will be unable to provide a refund. 

Online Course Catalog

To learn more about a specific course click the title below. To see all the online courses currently open for enrollment, click here.

IDM-27 Superpave Mix Design for Local Agencies (online)

Description

The SUPERPAVE mix design method is designed to replace the Hveem method. California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) started implementing the national SUPERPAVE standard for designing, specifying, and accepting pavement projects for all state jobs. The new mix design accounts for traffic loading and environmental conditions and includes a new method of evaluating the asphalt mixture. This course provides an overview of the SUPERPAVE mix design for local agencies and adjustments needed to start transitioning to the new mix design.

Topics covered

  • Volumetrics of hot mix asphalt mixtures
  • Superpave mixture requirements
  • Superpave mix design process
  • Superpave performance-related testing requirements

Who should attend

This course is designed for engineers, state local agencies, consultants, contractors, maintenance supervisors, and quality control/assurance supervisors responsible for designing asphalt mixtures, material specifications, and quality control/quality assurance management of asphalt mixtures.

PL-58 Managing Transportation and Land Use Interactions (online)

Description

Transportation networks are one of the most powerful influences of local land use patterns. Local land use decisions shape the demand for transportation services and improvements. Managing this interaction to achieve multiple goals is one of the more difficult problems for planners and engineers. This new online course covers how to create successful plans and projects, how to address land use and transportation as an integrated system, how land use and transportation goals are changing the way we approach traffic management, , including how to identify key feedback relationships in your community; how to develop alternatives that balance competing goals and increase choice; and how to communicate the interactive nature of transportation and land use investments to decision-makers.

Topics covered

  • the effects of transportation improvements on land use and vice versa
  • transportation's role in growth management, including "Smart Growth" and "New Urbanism"
  • federal, state, and local requirements for transportation and land use planning
  • preparing general and specific plans, CMPs, RTPs, TIPs, transportation impact and other studies
  • how land use/transportation interactions "play" in the general plan process, the transportation planning process, and the CEQA process
  • use and interpretation of Level of Service policies and sketch planning tools
  • how to use performance measures to manage impacts and trade-offs

What you will learn

Students improve their understanding of the complex, multi-dimensional nature of the land use and transportation linkages. They learn how to apply this understanding to the development of coordinated and consistent plans and studies that bridge between transportation planning and general community planning, and how other communities in California are dealing with controversies among mobility, development, and environmental goals.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for planning staff in local, regional, and state agencies as well as consultants. Both new and experienced planners will benefit. Transportation engineers, project and agency managers, transit planners, community planners, decision-makers, and land developers will also find this course relevant and useful. The course is appropriate for both urban and rural perspectives.

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

What you should learn

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-27 Traffic Flow Principles for Practitioners (online)

Description

This online training course provides fundamental and practical knowledge on traffic flows, with emphasis on how to assess and improve these flows. Attendees will learn basic assessment methods and traffic flow theories particularly for evaluating the effects of bottlenecks, as well as the application of these concepts to improve traffic conditions on street and highway networks. 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 more specialized courses such as traffic signal operations, freeway operations, and roadway capacity analysis.

Topics covered

  • Fundamental flow concepts and traffic stream properties
  • Assessment tools such as time space and queueing diagrams
  • Models for congested traffic
  • Bottleneck evaluation and capacity analysis
  • Evaluation of vehicle delays
  • Applications to traffic signals, ramp-metering, network design and network-wide congestion management

What you will learn

Attendees will gain good understanding of principles in traffic operations and how these principles can be applied to address real-world traffic problems.

Who should Attend

This course is specially tailored for engineers and planners who work in the traffic and transportation fields, with or without previous formal training/experience in traffic flow fundamentals.

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review (online)

Description

This twelve-session, live, online training course is intended to help traffic engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully-developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to cover the topics identified on the Traffic Engineer Examination Content Outline on the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists website. It provides strategies and techniques needed to manage time and solve exam questions under pressure, and apply required manuals, handbooks and references, such as California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD), Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), Caltrans Traffic Manual, ITE Trip Generation Handbook and ITE Parking Generation Handbook to solve traffic engineering problems. 

Throughout the course, practice exam problems and solutions covering all three main areas of traffic engineering (i.e., planning, operations, and design) are used. The course is taught by a team of expert practicing and licensed professional engineers. We will be using our online learning management system (LMS). The LMS allows ongoing online communication with the expert instructors throughout the training. 

As there are no published versions of previous California Traffic Engineer Exams, this course does not represent actual problems that could appear in the actual exam. But rather, we have included more than 100 sample problems that represent the knowledge that is expected of any entry-level transportation engineer practicing Traffic Engineering in California.

This course is intended as a review course for transportation engineers who already have the requisite education and professional experience to qualify to take the TE licensure exam in California. We assume all examinees have the appropriate knowledge of Traffic Engineering and are familiar with all the technical references required by the Board. This course will not teach the use of these references, rather it is only a review of how to apply the reference materials in solving the TE exam problems efficiently. This course is not designed to teach basic understanding of Traffic Engineering, which should be learned either in school or at work as part of one's professional experience in Traffic Engineering. 

Topics covered

  • Circulation & Parking
  • Level of Service & Capacity
  • Evaluation of Traffic-Related Impacts
  • Transportation Facilities Design
  • Traffic Signals and Lighting
  • Traffic Controls
  • Bicycles, Pedestrians, and Parking
  • Traffic Flow

What you will learn

Students will learn how to prepare for the TE exam and will receive an overview of the subjects covered in the TE exam. Students will also learn techniques to solve exam questions in a short period of time while applying reference materials.

Who should Attend

Transportation engineers preparing for the California Traffic Engineer (TE) licensure exam. Examinees are assumed to have the requisite education and professional experience to qualify to take the California Traffic Engineer Exam.

This online class will have a 90-minute introductory session that will include all of the class instructors. The following 10 sessions will all be 2.5 hours on consecutive Mondays & Wednesdays. The final session will be a final question-and-answer session for 90-minutes, when students can ask their questions from all of the instructors and collaborate on final exam test-taking procedures. 

Examinees who may have deficiencies in any of the subjects covered in the CA Traffic Engineer Exam test plan may consider taking one or more of our training courses in our Engineering section.

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-37 Access Management (online)

Description

Managing the location, type and design of vehicular connections to a roadway is an important strategy in the reduction of crash rates and maintaining reliable mobility and capacity in accordance with a road's functional purpose. This course focuses on good practices for effective access management. It provides a sound technical foundation for engineers and planners whose work involves designing or reviewing site access, driveway permitting, roadway safety, roadway design, intersection and driveway spacing and network and corridor planning.

Topics covered

  • principles of Access Management
  • reasons to manage access
  • access control within functional hierarchy
  • multi-modal aspects
  • managing access is network management
  • access management plans
  • impact mitigation elements of driveway and intersection design
  • techniques that work in applied access management
  • interchange cross street access control
  • access decision making - proof of necessity
  • respecting property rights
  • frequency and spacing
  • access design for larger vehicles
  • public involvement on corridor projects
  • economic aspects
  • examples of agency programs, policies and practices

What you will learn

Students learn about access management strategies and techniques so they can locate, design and manage safe, efficient means to move traffic to and from adjoining land use. They will learn techniques to improve traffic flow and travel times with less delay and how to protect the public investment in their road system to help reduce agency capital costs.

Who should Attend

This course is designed for agency staff and consultants that are involved in the planning, engineering and maintenance of streets, roads and highways. It is also very useful for those in land use planning who are involved in any aspect of development planning and zoning, including site design, the design or review of traffic circulation plans and traffic impact studies and review of development projects. Experienced professionals will benefit from the focus on state-of-the-practice tools and techniques. No previous knowledge of access management is required for the course.

TE-38 Roundabouts: What You Need to Know (online)

Description

This online course will describe: what are roundabouts and how do they work? Why roundabouts are a viable solution to intersection control. The benefits compared to other alternatives. The research and experience that support the application of roundabouts on local, collector and arterial roads. The variety of roundabouts - why one design style does not fit all. The course will guide transportation practitioners through the various evaluation and design aspects for roundabouts taking into consideration other travel modes. It will cover designs of a variety of different types of roundabouts from high capacity multi-lane roundabouts to single-lane roundabouts to mini-roundabouts. Possible errors in the roundabout design process and how to minimize them.

Topics covered

  • benefits of roundabouts
  • roundabout types and applications
  • geometric design
  • signs and markings
  • high speed and low speed
  • capacity analysis
  • traffic operations
  • multimodal aspects
  • safety
  • system considerations
  • fixing problem roundabouts

What you will learn

At the end of this course, students will understand the principles and working concepts of all major areas of roundabout design and operation as practiced today. Students will learn about capacity analysis, crash rate experience, right of way impacts, geometric design principles, sight distance criteria, traffic operations, system considerations, pedestrian and bicycle treatments.

Who should attend

This course will benefit transportation professionals who are involved in the approval, planning, and design of intersections and who are considering installing roundabouts as an alternative to traditional intersection controls. This course is targeted to individuals with some background in the design of intersections, although such background is not a pre-requisite for attending this training.

TE-39 Roadway Lighting Design (online)

Description

This course emphasizes how to design roadway lighting installations that are effective and that meet various standards and requirements. While instruction focuses on use of the illuminance ("foot candle") method, students will also learn about the luminance method. The course covers a wide range of relevant topics, from human factors, including the eye, vision, and perception, to lighting terminology, including light control, luminaire types, and design principles, with reference to IES standard practice, the AASHTO guidelines, and FHWA's Roadway Lighting Handbook. The class combines lectures, hands-on classroom exercises, and case studies.

Topics covered

  • luminaire design
  • photometric data
  • IES luminaire classification
  • light sources and ballasts
  • switching
  • poles
  • IES Standard Practice (RP-8)
  • planning and lighting design principles
  • economics of roadway lighting, maintenance, and energy considerations

What you will learn

Students learn key skills needed to design roadway lighting installations using the illuminance method as well as guidelines/standards affecting their design.

Who should attend

The course is targeted for public agency staff or consultants with little or no experience in designing or planning roadway lighting. The class also benefits those seeking some refresher training on the current state-of-the-practice.

Requirement Materials

RP-8-2014 American National Standard Practice for Roadway Lighting, published by the Illuminating Engineering Society, is the required textbook for this class. Students are responsible for purchasing this textbook directly from a bookseller prior to the start of this class. 
Students who already own ‘RP 8 2000’ can use this version of the textbook in class. If you don't already own RP 8 2000 and need to purchase the book, it’s preferred that you purchase the new version RP 8 2014.

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-51 Adaptive Traffic Control Systems (online)

Description

This new online course offers summary of fundamental principles, operational requirements and expected benefits of some of the frequently deployed Adaptive Traffic Control Systems. The first session presents differences between adaptive and responsive traffic controls and introduces briefly three ATCS deployed in California (ACS Lite, QuicTrac, and SCOOT). The second session addresses InSync, a system with the highest growth in number of deployments over the last few years. The third session presents SynchroGreen, adaptive version of traffic signal software from one of the most respected traffic signal software developers in the US. Finally, the fourth session focuses on SCATS, one of the oldest and widely deployed systems in the entire world. Each session is divided into three major parts: First offers summary of fundamental principles of a selected adaptive technology, second covers summary of operational and institutional requirements to run adaptive control, and the third presents recent case studies with a glimpse on the operational benefits.

Topics covered

  • Fundamental principles of ATCS operations
  • Adjustment of signal timings and operational flexibility
  • Detection requirements
  • Communication requirements
  • Software and hardware requirements
  • Failsafe operational modes
  • Institutional preparation for deployment of an ATCS
  • Expected operational benefits
  • Example of case studies in field and/or simulation

What you will learn

Students will obtain a significant amount of technical information to understand fundamental principles of operations, deployment requirements, and expected operational benefits (highlighted through exemplary case studies) of some of the frequently deployed Adaptive Traffic Control Systems. This information will help students to become familiar with these relatively new signal control technologies and develop a realistic set of expectations regarding their deployments and operational benefits.

Who should attend

This course is intended for traffic engineers, planners, technicians, and decision makers in municipal, county, and state agencies interested in the operations, requirements and benefits of Adaptive Traffic Control System technologies, particularly those with the responsibility for the planning, design, implementation, operation, and maintenance of traffic signal control systems for urban areas.

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-54 Commercial Development Site Design and Traffic Impact Analysis (online)

Description

This new online course is about examining the key components that result in effective internal circulation for commercial land development projects. The course will also focus on why earlier designs have failed to provide good circulation and the resulting impacts on the tenants of shopping centers and business parks. It will discuss the problem of designing commercial development projects for safe access and minimizing traffic impacts on the neighboring roads. It will also discuss the preparation of traffic impact studies for new development projects to make sure impacts are properly addressed and cases studies of projects where studies failed to do so.

Topics covered

This course focuses on what is most important about design access and circulation for commercial development projects such as driveways, parking lot layout, connectivity to adjacent developments, the most critical design parameters, making sure the needs of all road users are met, and the safety of everyone accessing these types of development projects is fully addressed. The course will also discuss what needs to be included in traffic impact studies, the best sources of information, and structuring of the scope of work ahead of studies being prepared so that all impacts are fully analyzed, disclosed, and potentially mitigated.

What you will learn

The following learning outcomes have been established for training participants:

  • Improved understanding of parking-lot layouts and internal circulation
  • How to manage the interaction between on-site circulation and traffic flow on streets adjacent to proposed projects
  • At least ten publications will be identified that provide the best technical information

Who should attend

This course is intended for traffic engineers, transportation planners, architects, and representatives of developers who regularly have to interact with public agencies regarding the land use entitlement process.

TE-55 Parking Management for Sustainable Development (online)

Description

Parking management holds the key to achieving local land use, transportation, and sustainability objectives. Effective parking management increases the efficiency with which parking is used, reducing the need for added parking construction, improving customer satisfaction, and reducing congestion. This online workshop provides a method for developing strategic parking management measures that fit the local context. It reviews the range of management methods available, such as pricing, shared parking, and district management, and the shows how to put those strategies into action.

Topics covered

  • Parking as the "tail that wags the dog" as in relationships with land use, economic development, transportation, sustainability, and social equity goals
  • The problem with "set it and forget it" parking management
  • Relationship of minimum parking requirements to parking reform
  • Basic aims of parking management: support public goals, use existing parking more efficiently, and reduce negative impacts of unmanaged parking
  • The model of parking management: reduce parking demand per unit of activity and increase space use efficiency
  • Review of techniques: parking management equipment, pricing, regulations, and education/marketing
  • Strategic planning process for parking management
  • Developing parking management strategies that match local context: big city, small downtown, business park, shopping center, and residential neighborhood
  • Engagement processes for achieving buy-in and support
  • The future of parking: trends that will affect parking supply and management

What you will learn

Students will learn how to develop and implement a parking management plan that matches the local context with best-practice examples from California and beyond. Such a parking management plan supports local sustainability, economic development, and livability goals.

Who should attend

This course is intended for land use planners, transportation planners, engineers, economic development professionals, business improvement district managers, and parking professionals. This course will benefit practitioners in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

Recommended Course Textbooks

The course draws on two books written by Dr. Willson. The books provide a more detailed explanation of parking methods and are recommended for those taking the course:

  • Parking Management for Smart Growth : shows how to make the most from every parking space using strategic parking management. ISBN: 9781610914611. Paperback: $40.00. June 2015.
  • Parking Reform Made Easy: shows how to reform minimum parking requirements so they support broad community goals. ISBN: 9781610914451. Paperback: $40.00. June 2013.

A 20% discount on both books is available to those taking the course if you order through the Island Press website. Use the promo code 2PARK when you check out.

TS-04 Improving Safety at Intersections (online)

Description

About 65 percent of all crashes in urban areas and 40 percent of those in rural areas occur at or near intersections or driveways. Safety improvements at these locations have always been a priority and pose a challenge for most transportation agencies in California. Because crashes are typically complex events, a great diversity of mitigation measures have been tried with varying degrees of success, including the modern round-about. This workshop offers a range of guidelines, solutions, and strategies for reducing conflicts and crashes at intersection locations. Safety improvements appropriate for both urban and rural areas are explored.

Topics covered

  • Why Intersection Management is Important
  • Safety Aspects of Signalized Intersections
  • Reducing Collisions at High Crash Signalized Intersections
  • The Modern Roundabout as a Signal Alternative
  • Safety of Non-Signalized Intersections
  • Innovative Designs for Improving Intersection Safety and Capacity
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety at Signalized Intersections
  • Sources of intersection conflict and collisions
  • Good practices at signalized and non-signalized intersections
  • Land use designs to reduce collisions
  • Good access management practices

What you will learn

Students will obtain a rich set of information to help them select appropriate safety improvement options and make better decisions about how to reduce collisions at all types of intersections.

Who should Attend

This course is intended for planners, engineers, and public safety personnel in municipal, county, and state agencies with responsibility for reducing traffic collisions.

TS-51 Improving Safety of Railroad Crossings & Light Rail Systems (online)

Description

This new online course takes a look at recent studies on how to improve safety at railroad highway crossings and reduce vehicle-train collisions. The first session will also focus on motorized users, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists who have to cross railroad highway crossings on a regular basis. Information will be shared from recent publications including the Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Handbook and conferences on railroad corridors where speakers addressed railroad crossing safety and discussed some of the topics listed in the course outline. The second session will focus on light rail systems and their impacts on the operation of streets that they have to cross or share with other motorized traffic. The course will address how best to blend motorized and train traffic as well as handle pedestrians that cross light rail tracks on a regular basis so as to minimize conflicts and collisions.

Topics covered

  • Driver behavior at railroad crossings
  • Conducting railroad crossings diagnostics
  • Treatments for reducing crashes at railroad crossings
  • Railroad preemption sequence and timing of traffic signals
  • Design of pedestrian and bicycle crossings across train tracks
  • Recent railroad highway crossing requirements of the CA MUTCD
  • Examples of light rail alignments and configurations
  • Pros and cons of the various light rail alignment and configuration options
  • Light rail station location, access, and other considerations
  • Impact of light rail on street operations and crash patterns
  • Treatments for pedestrian and bicycle crossings in light rail systems

What you will learn

Students will obtain a rich source of technical information to help them select appropriate safety improvement options and make better decisions about how to reduce collisions at railroad-highway grade crossings and light rail systems that operate on public streets in non-exclusive rights of way.

Who should Attend

This course is intended for planners, engineers, and public safety personnel in municipal, county, and state agencies with responsibility for the design and operation of traffic control devices at or near railroad highway crossings as well as light rail systems that operate on public streets which are shared with other road users. Certified planners who need AICP CM credits will be awarded 4.0 credits for this online training course.