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.
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.
Solar energy in the highway right of way
Nov 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.
A guide for complete transportation: Arizona’s new HDM
Tuesday, 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.
Summer 2016 Community of Practice
July 27-28, 2016
SSTI’s summer 2016 Community of Practice meeting will be held July 27-28, 2016 The meetings focus on peer-to-peer interaction between CEOs of state departments of transportation. These meetings allow attendees to share ideas and learn from one another’s experiences leading state DOTs. The meeting is open to state DOT CEOs and is by-invitation to others. For more information, contact Eric Sundquist, firstname.lastname@example.org.