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March 2017

Operationalizing Accessibility: Tools and Practices

March 30, 2017

Planners and transportation professionals are moving toward measures of accessibility to describe how well a transportation system lets people meet a variety of daily needs — e.g. getting to work, shopping, and socializing. As useful as these measures can be, data and technology have just recently made them widely available and easy to use. That leaves many key questions about operationalizing them. SSTI, Renaissance Planning Group, and Citilabs are working throughout the U.S. to develop tools, standards, and practices needed to operationalize accessibility measures in different applications including planning, project evaluation, equity analysis, and design. This work has also led to the development of two distinct measures representing both work and non-work accessibility.

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April 2017

Accessibility and Smart Scale: Using Access Scores to Prioritize Projects

April 18, 2017

SSTI’s March 2017 webinar looked at emerging tools and data for measuring accessibility, along with ways of operationalizing these measures in planning, project evaluation, equity analysis, and design. Putting these measures into practice can present its own challenges, but interested agencies don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Virginia’s Smart Scale requires transportation projects to be scored based on six criteria — including accessibility — to qualify for funding. Over the past several years, VDOT, Renaissance Planning Group, Citilabs, and SSTI have worked to improve the methods and processes for measuring accessibility and scored hundreds of proposed projects.

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July 2017

Parking counts – Understanding demand in cities

July 12, 2017

Many cities and towns recognize that their parking requirements and regulations are outdated, but they struggle in taking the first step toward reform. This process often begins by auditing the existing supply and understanding how it’s being used, which can be a major undertaking. This webinar shares lessons from two recent parking demand studies and offers guidance on conducting similar studies more efficiently.

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September 2017

Advancements in measuring bicycle and pedestrian accessibility

September 12, 2017

Measures of destination accessibility by automobile and transit are growing in use. Virginia, for example, evaluates both in project prioritization. Yet measures of bicycle and pedestrian accessibility have taken longer to implement, largely because of added complexities and data deficiencies. People on bikes and on foot are much more sensitive to the types of facilities available, exposure to nearby traffic, and other factors for which there isn’t always good data. Join People For Bikes and SSTI to learn how these challenges are being overcome and how the measures are being put use.

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November 2017

Fitting the road to the context: Florida’s Context Classification and Complete Streets implementation

November 28, 2017

The Florida Department of Transportation is making major strides toward improving pedestrian and bicycle safety through its Complete Streets Implementation initiative. One of FDOT’s most innovative achievements has been the recent adoption of eight context classifications to guide road design decisions. Under this new system, planners and engineers will consider existing and future characteristics such as land uses, building configuration, and street connectivity to ensure that roads are designed for the right vehicle speeds, road users, and trip types. While the concept of context classification is not new, FDOT is one of the first states to operationalize it within formal decision-making processes. Join DeWayne Carver from FDOT to learn about the new context classification approach, why FDOT developed it, and how it will guide roadway design decisions moving forward.

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