Paradigm Shift: From LOS to VMT
Wednesday, 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.
Livability and Level of Service: Making the Connection
Tuesday, 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, [...]
Massachusetts GreenDOT: Sustainability and Stewardship
Thursday, 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.
Making a Compelling Case: Performance-Driven Investments in the MAP-21 Era
Friday, 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 limited dollars to the most cost-effective and sustainable investments. In addition, the passage of MAP-21 in 2012 highlighted a bipartisan [...]
Performance measures for non-motorized transportation
Friday, 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. Because the focus on [...]