Past Events

Driving in America: Emerging Trends and Policies

February 27, 2015
Webinar

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 technologies suggest lower automobile use may be the “new normal.” This would have major implications for transportation investment decisions, land development, greenhouse […]

The Innovative DOT 2015: An updated handbook for transportation officials

January 27, 2015
Webinar

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.

Accessibility: Towards a new multimodal system performance metric

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Webinar

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.

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Webinar

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.

SSTI Community of Practice – October 2014

October 8-9, 2014
Hotel Monaco, Salt Lake City

SSTI’s fall 2014 Community of Practice meeting was held October 8-9, 2014. These gatherings focus on peer-to-peer interaction between CEOs of state departments of transportation. The meetings allow attendees to share ideas and learn from one another’s experiences leading state DOTs. Meetings are open to state DOT CEOs and is by-invitation to others. For more information, contact Eric Sundquist, erics@ssti.us. […]

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

September 30, 2014
Webinar

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 […]

Paradigm Shift: From LOS to VMT

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Webinar

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
Webinar

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
Webinar

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
Webinar

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 […]