Past Events

Modern traffic mitigation for development in cities: Moving beyond LOS

October 29, 2018
Webinar

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.

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

Wed, September 5, 2018
Webinar

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.

Summer 2018 Community of Practice meeting

July 25-26, 2018
Barr Foundation offices, Boston, Mass.

SSTI’s summer 2018 Community of Practice meeting will be held July 25-26 in Boston. 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, erics@ssti.us.

TIGER is now BUILD. Other changes you need to know

Friday, May 18, 2018
Webinar

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.

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Webinar

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.

Fall 2017 Community of Practice

October 17-18, 2017
Seattle, WA

SSTI’s fall 2017 Community of Practice meeting will be held Oct. 17-18, 2017 in Seattle. 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, erics@ssti.us.

Advancements in measuring bicycle and pedestrian accessibility

September 12, 2017
Webinar

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.

Parking counts – Understanding demand in cities

July 12, 2017
Webinar

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.

Accessibility and Smart Scale: Using Access Scores to Prioritize Projects

April 18, 2017
Webinar

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
webinar

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.