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June 2011

Webinar on SSTI Review of PennDOT’s Smart Transportation

June 28, 2011

This webinar highlights some of the best practices from Pennsylvania identified by SSTI’s panel of experts during a two day session with PennDOT in Harrisburg, PA and features Doug MacDonald (former Secretary of the Washington State DOT) and Jim Ritzman (Deputy Secretary for Planning, Pennsylvania DOT).

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August 2011

Webinar on Tolling for Revenue and Congestion Management

August 30, 2011

This webinar, featuring Jack Wells (Chief Economist, USDOT) and Michael Lewis (Director, Rhode Island DOT), focuses on tolling and lessons learned from tolling pilot programs and other experience.

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November 2011

A DOT’s Transition: Providing an Integrated 21st Century Transportation System

November 30, 2011

This webinar, featured a discussion with WSDOT Secretary Paula Hammond facilitated by Michael Meyer, principal author of the report “SSTI Review of Washngton State DOT’s Sustainability Efforts,” and built upon the report’s findings.

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January 2012

Small Buckets of Revenue and Savings for State DOTs

January 17, 2012

This webinar featured presentations from several SSTI member states on relatively quick and easy-to-implement ways that state DOTs can adapt to their current fiscal challenges.

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February 2012

SSTI Technical Assistance Spotlight: DelDOT 3-D Micromodel Project

February 24, 2012

This webinar will discuss the rationale behind Delaware DOT’s 3-D Micromodel project, describe the project’s benefits and detail how its deliverables can be put to use elsewhere.

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March 2012

SSTI Technical Assistance Spotlight: Colorado Energy Smart Transportation Initiative

March 30, 2012

This webinar will detail some of the strategies developed by Colorado’s Energy Smart Transportation Initiative to incorporate energy efficiency and GHG emissions in transportation planning, increase energy efficiency and reduce GHG emissions from transportation, advance environmentally friendly alternative vehicle and fuel technologies, and increase efficiency.

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April 2012

SSTI Technical Assistance: School Siting in Kansas

April 27, 2012

SSTI has been working with the Kansas DOT to understand the transportation-related impacts of school siting decisions and develop recommendations for how school siting can be improved in the state. This webinar will explore the issues related to school siting in Kansas, which are common in a number of states, and detail SSTI’s recommendations.

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May 2012

Making the case for funding system preservation

May 29, 2012

The Interstate-building era provided elected officials and the public with very obvious evidence about how their money was being spent. Today, with a mature highway system that requires more support for preservation than new construction, DOTs must work harder to show these stakeholders the benefits of investment. Iowa DOT has been working with SSTI and Spitfire Communications to hone this message. DOT Director Paul Trombino, DOT planning Director Stuart Anderson, and Spitfire’s Beth Kanter present.

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June 2012

Estimating the economic impact of transportation investments

June 29, 2012

With increased pressure to justify spending, DOTs’ projects and programs must make economic sense. However, practice in assessing economic impact is inconsistent in the field. New software makes assessment more convenient, but it often leaves out important economic outcomes, such as property value change or economic transfer within a state or metro are. SSTI has worked with Center for Neighborhood Technology and several member DOTs to produce updated guidance designed to improve economic impact assessment. An online tool will take practitioners through a set of steps to help them select the best methods to produce the most valid estimates. CNT’s Sarah Campbell presents.

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July 2012

Land use and traffic congestion: The results of research in Arizona

July 17, 2012

A first-ever analysis of land-use and transportation demand in Arizona contradicts fears that compact, “smart growth” development, while beneficial in moderating demand, will increase localized congestion. The report, produced for Arizona DOT in March, also suggests that traditional travel demand modeling is outmoded, unable to reflect land use effects on demand, and it disputes notions that compact development is inequitable and costly. Join the report author, Richard Kuzmyak, and Arizona DOT Director John Halikowski as the discuss the genesis of the report and how Arizona plans to use the research results.

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September 2012

The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice

September 28, 2012

SSTI has teamed up with Smart Growth America to create a resource to inform senior state-level transportation officials as they make decisions that position their agencies for success. This handbook of transportation policy and practice for the new economy collects the innovative approaches state leaders are already using to make systems more efficient, government more effective, and constituents better satisfied.

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October 2012

Innovative, sustainable funding options for state DOTs

October 29, 2012

This webinar will discuss a new SSTI report on innovative, sustainable transportation funding models to assist decision-makers in identifying policies and practices to augment the current fuel tax revenue system. The report provides a broad account of these funding methods, where they have been implemented or proposed, and identifies state laws, policies, and practices that permit state DOTs and local governments to pursue a more sustainable funding model.

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November 2012

Bus Rapid Transit: Planning and executing a successful system

November 29, 2012

Many cities are considering BRT. What do cities need to think about to make it a success? What are the advantages over rail, and what are the risks of not making enough investment in your BRT? And what is the economic development potential for BRT?

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February 2013

Bike and pedestrian street improvements and economic activity in NYC

February 21, 2013

A new study concludes that recent New York City street improvements, including bicycle lanes and pedestrian plazas constructed to replace parking spaces and lanes of traffic, did not impede economic growth. Hear from the study’s authors about their methodology and results.

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March 2013

Prospects for mileage-based insurance

March 27, 2013

Insurance based on a per-mile basis – sometimes called mileage-based policies or pay-as-you-drive insurance – is offered in some form in all states, but usually without ongoing price feedback. Such insurance is relatively new in the marketplace, however, and most consumers are unfamiliar with it. FHWA is studying whether mileage-based insurance may reduce vehicle miles traveled or congestion.

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April 2013

Reimagining a legacy transit system: Lessons from the Wilmington transit system

April 26, 2013

DelDOT and the Delaware Transit Corporation are using land use scenario planning, route analysis and public outreach to revitalize a legacy transit system and make it more relevant to modern-day transit origins and destinations. This webinar offers insight for any municipality seeking to increase the effectiveness of its transit system to serve a broader segment of the population.

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May 2013

Making the most of the Transportation Alternatives Program

May 22, 2013

MAP-21 makes some substantial changes to the funding stream that has fueled pedestrian and bicycle projects around the country. Among the changes in the new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP): combining previously separate programs, creating a sub-allocation requirement for MPOs and a population-based funding formula, and changing the entities that can apply for funding.

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June 2013

The Colorado EnergySmart Transportation Initiative: One year later

June 26, 2013

This webinar will present results of the implementation of CDOT’s 2012 Colorado EnergySmart Transportation Initiative (ESTI) and will cover the progress made, challenges faced, and next steps for the ESTI project in the year since its creation. In particular, the topics of incorporating energy efficiency into the statewide transportation planning process and collaborating with partner agencies such as MPOs will be discussed.

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September 2013

Tolling to support multimodal facilities

September 25, 2013

The U.S. 36 project in Colorado, now underway between Denver and Boulder, will expand a four-lane facility to add an express lane carrying bus-rapid transit, high-occupancy vehicles, and tolled single-occupancy vehicles, as well as ITS systems and a commuter bikeway. Of particular interest is the fact that the project’s tolls will support the multimodal facilities.

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October 2013

TDM measures to reduce the impact of urban freight movement

October 28, 2013

The webinar will discuss research undertaken by SSTI on the social costs created by urban freight transportation and the freight transportation demand management strategies that cities are using to better balance their freight transportation needs and sustainability goals.

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November 2013

The future of city streets: NACTO Urban Street Design Guide

November 19, 2013

Hear from leading experts who contributed to the development of the new NACTO Urban Design Guide. This webinar will address how this resource will change the face of our nation’s streets, the ways you can use it in your community, and how specific topics and elements in the document differ from conventional practice.

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February 2014

Re-thinking the urban freeway

February 20, 2014

Across the country, urban freeways are at the end of their design lives, and communities are wrestling with the question of how to deal with them. States and cities have the opportunity to re-think, remove, or re-purpose urban freeway space, which can address environmental and social justice harm and result in significant local economic and social benefits. This webinar considers best practices and solutions for aging freeways that states and cities can look towards to help mitigate freeway impacts and secure a healthy and more prosperous future for the communities these roadways travel through.

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May 2014

Performance measures for non-motorized transportation

May 2, 2014

Cities, states, and the federal government have set a number of goals for their transportation systems. Measuring performance to evaluate how policies and investments are contributing to these goals is critical to ensuring progress towards them. However, determining how to measure the performance of bicycle and pedestrian policies and investments is uniquely challenging.

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Making a Compelling Case: Performance-Driven Investments in the MAP-21 Era

May 30, 2014

In today’s funding-constrained environment, maximizing the performance of transportation investments is a top priority. By leveraging a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative approaches to evaluate transportation projects, states and regions can better align their…

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June 2014

Massachusetts GreenDOT: Sustainability and Stewardship

June 26, 2014

On June 2, 2010, MassDOT embarked on a comprehensive environmental responsibility and sustainability initiative known as GreenDOT. GreenDOT is making MassDOT a national leader in “greening” the state’s transportation system. GreenDOT’s primary goals are to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; promote the healthy transportation options of walking, bicycling, and public transit; and support smart land uses through smart growth development. Join MassDOT senior staff to learn about how MassDOT defines sustainability, what is included in the GreenDOT policy, progress towards implementation and institutionalization, and how MassDOT is measuring and communicating about the program.

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July 2014

Livability and Level of Service: Making the Connection

July 22, 2014

SSTI Executive Committee member and former PennDOT Secretary Al Biehler spoke as a panelist on a webinar offered by FHWA Context Sensitive Solutions: Livability and Level of Service: Making the Connection. The webinar discussed the origin, evolution, and application of LOS and the need for practitioners to choose LOS goals that consider all road users.

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Paradigm Shift: From LOS to VMT

July 30, 2014

A new California law calls for replacing Level of Service with Vehicle Miles Traveled in traffic impact analysis, supporting the state’s goals of encouraging infill development and mode shift. Panelists Kate White, Deputy Secretary for Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination, California State Transportation Agency; Chris Ganson, Senior Planner, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research; and Kome Ajise, Deputy Director for Planning and Modal Programs, California Department of Transportation, will discuss opportunities and challenges in operationalizing the new VMT metric.

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September 2014

Mosaic Value and Cost Informed Planning: Oregon’s new tool for least cost planning

September 30, 2014

2009 Oregon legislation called for the Oregon Department of Transportation to develop a least cost planning tool to help inform transportation decision making. Based on least cost planning from the energy sector, and defined in the legislation as “a process of comparing direct and indirect costs of demand and supply options to meet transportation goals, policies

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October 2014

Rewriting the book: Context sensitivity design in roadway design and project development

October 21, 2014

Eight years ago, both Massachusetts and New Jersey rewrote the book. Massachusetts entirely rewrote its design manual to incorporate a multi-modal, context sensitive approach to roadway design and project development . New Jersey joined Pennsylvania in writing an overlay to their manual interpreting standards in a context sensitive way. Both efforts changed the states’ approach to design and project development.

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December 2014

Accessibility: Towards a new multimodal system performance metric

December 3, 2014

For years, transportation agencies have relied primarily on measures of traffic congestion and delay to evaluate system performance. Many are now looking toward measures of accessibility, which can potentially reveal more about how a transportation system meets people’s needs, while taking additional modes into account. In this upcoming webinar, SSTI highlights noteworthy examples including work underway in Maryland DOT and metrics being developed for widespread use throughout the U.S.

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January 2015

The Innovative DOT 2015: An updated handbook for transportation officials

January 27, 2015

SSTI and Smart Growth America continue to track strategies for improving safety, alleviating congestion, improving system reliability, accelerating project delivery, preserving valuable assets, enhancing economic opportunities, reducing environmental impacts, and helping to create healthier, more livable neighborhoods. Panelists from Tennessee DOT, Texas State University, and SSTI will highlight updated content from the 2015 edition of the handbook and demonstrate how transportation professionals have applied the manual since its original release in 2012.

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February 2015

Driving in America: Emerging Trends and Policies

February 27, 2015

The recent decline in automobile use has left many transportation agencies facing revenue shortfalls and speculating as to whether an economic recovery will trigger a return to “normal.” Meanwhile, demographic trends, cultural shifts and new…

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March 2015

Operations: Improving DOT performance is more than building roads

March 24, 2015

DOT stakeholders often devote the bulk of their attention — and budget — to capital projects. But with mature highway and transit systems in many places, operations is becoming increasingly critical to DOTs’ ability to provide access to destinations. Improving DOTs’ performance in this area is the topic for SSTI’s March webinar.

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April 2015

Intercity buses and state DOTs: Improving connections and information

April 24, 2015

Intercity buses are once again a popular way to travel. On-line booking and ticketing, wi-fi on board, and curbside pick-up have made bus travel comfortable, convenient, and competitive with other options. But information is scattered over many websites, and bus lines may not connect with each other, making planning a multi-city trip difficult.

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July 2015

Equity and Transportation

July 15, 2015 - July 27, 2020

Join us for a discussion of equity and transportation. How can we measure the equity impacts of transportation investments? And how can we ensure that walking and biking investments meaningfully address the mobility and safety needs of urban and rural disadvantaged communities while not directly or indirectly leading to the displacement of low-income residents?

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November 2015

FHWA efforts to make safer, more livable streets easier to build: Myths and proposed changes

November 2, 2015

Since launching the Safer People, Safer Streets Initiative in 2014, USDOT has engaged safety experts, existing and new stakeholders, local officials, and the public on a range of targeted strategies to encourage safety for bicyclists and pedestrians on and around our streets, including bus stops, transit stations, and other multimodal connections.

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May 2016

Big data and transportation solutions in Northern Virginia

May 25, 2016

Anonymous GPS data can now let planners and transportation providers better understanding trip-making patterns without relying on surveys, traffic counts, or travel demand models. Join us to learn how SSTI used the data to find opportunities for managing demand and improving connectivity through relatively small investments in Northern Virginia.

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July 2016

Revolution in project selection: Virginia DOT SMART Scale

July 20, 2016 - July 13, 2020

The first round of Virginia’s groundbreaking project-selection process, SmartScale, has just concluded. It was not only a technical success in ranking projects across modes and regions, but was also a political success, satisfying critical stakeholders including legislators. Even before any of the projects were awarded, the process resulted in creative thinking and right-sizing that saved millions of dollars. After a few improvements, including a platform for assessing accessibility that will be available to practitioners across the state, SmartScale’s second round is scheduled to begin later this year.

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September 2016

A guide for complete transportation: Arizona’s new HDM

September 20, 2016

In May 2016, Arizona DOT issued their long-awaited Complete Transportation Guidebook, which they view as a conversation about sustainable transportation. It includes tools for local partners to work and plan with ADOT on flexibility in speed and other roadway design elements, interacting with other modes of transportation, and more emphasis on complete streets than had been previously present in their official publications. This guidebook recognizes that lane widths and other design standards should be different in dense urban settings than in rural areas with little development. But their “main lines” often become “main streets” when they come into cities and towns, so the same road be built differently to meet the community context.

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November 2016

Solar energy in the highway right of way

November 2, 2016

DOTs have very limited resources available to explore projects falling outside of their core responsibility of providing safe and efficient transportation facilities. Learning from the experiences of those DOTs that have already worked through issues associated with renewable energy facilities in the ROW can enable agencies embarking on these projects to save time and money, and avoid potential pitfalls. In this webinar, you can hear from Allison Hamilton, the Oregon Solar Highway Program Manager; and Lily Oliver, Solar Photovoltaic Energy Program Manager at MassDOT about their states’ experiences with solar energy along highways. FHWA staff will also join us to answer questions about federal resources and support for these programs.

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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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May 2018

TIGER is now BUILD. Other changes you need to know.

May 18, 2018

USDOT has released its Notice of Funding Opportunity for the next round of TIGER grants, or should we say BUILD grants. Among the unexpected changes to the program this year is the rebranding: Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD). The biggest change with BUILD is an emphasis on raising new, non-federal revenue to support infrastructure investment in the region applying for funding. BUILD has $1.5 billion of funding to dole out this year, the largest sum since the program began in 2009.

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September 2018

Getting the staff you need, and keeping them: TDOT’s story

September 5, 2018

Today, most state transportation departments find themselves being pulled by two negative forces. First, they are being told to cut staff in order to demonstrate efficiency to the legislature and the public. Secondly, retaining stellar employees is strained by uncompetitive pay scales and competition from the private sector. The Tennessee Department of Transportation believes cutting staff is not necessarily an indicator of efficiency; in fact, it can have the opposite effect and did just that in their state. This webinar will take you through the environment that Commissioner John Schroer and Chief Financial Officer Joe Galbato faced in Tennessee, and more importantly, what they did to combat these forces. The path taken in Tennessee required strong support from the top such as Governor Bill Haslam’s legislation from 2012. We look forward to sharing their story with you.

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October 2018

Modern traffic mitigation for development in cities: Moving beyond LOS

October 29, 2018

Steps cities are currently taking to mitigate the effects of more development–widening roads based on anticipated additional traffic–can make infill more expensive, push development to the edge of the city, and make access to goods and services difficult for anyone not driving. Join SSTI and the Smart Cities Collaborative to learn how cities can move from LOS-based traffic mitigation for development to policies that use VMT and allow less expensive infill.

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January 2019

Moving beyond LOS: The Pasadena story

January 25, 2019

The common practice of restricting infill development based on its impact on roadway level of service (LOS) has for decades depressed green, efficient compact development and induced energy-intensive, costly sprawl. Now many cities are moving to reform their land-use review process to lessen the emphasis on LOS, and instead to focus on system-wide impacts from development, as measured in vehicle-miles traveled (VMT). One of those cities – Pasadena, Calif. – pioneered the move away from LOS in 2015 and now has several years applying it to projects. (Spoiler alert: That experience is mostly good.) One of the heroes in that reform effort is Pasadena’s DOT director, Fred Dock. He joins us for a webinar that retraces Pasadena’s footsteps in developing the new policy and provides an evaluation based on three years of implementation.

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July 2019

Transportation project prioritization: Hear from Virginia and Hawaii

July 10, 2019

State DOTS are moving toward more transparent, data-driven, and multimodal project prioritization and SSTI invites agency leaders to join the effort. Virginia’s Smart Scale, effective since 2014, prioritizes transportation investments based on six key criteria and a transparent but evolving scoring process. Its goal, according to the agency, is picking the right transportation projects and ensuring the best use of limited tax dollars. The Hawaii DOT more recently piloted its SmartTRAC program and is now learning from that experience to formalize a similar program. SSTI will be reviewing these programs and others over the next year and will be recruiting advisors from interested DOTs and MPOs to ensure this work helps advance their own programs.

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February 2020

Webinar: Parking reform for 21st century communities: getting more out of public space

February 25, 2020

This webinar will explore how the reform of parking regulations can enhance our communities. A modern approach to parking policies, especially when integrated with form-based zoning standards, is helping cities create more walkable development and cut traffic, improve the public realm and housing affordability, and increase transportation equity.

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