Past Events

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 […]

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 […]

SSTI Community of Practice – Spring 2014

March 25-26, 2014
Westin Detroit Airport, Michigan

SSTI’s next community of practice meeting will be March 25-26 in Detroit. Topics and agenda are TBA. The meeting is open to state DOT CEOs and is by-invitation to others. For more information, contact Eric Sundquist,

Re-thinking the urban freeway

Thursday, 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.

The Innovative DOT, 2014: An updated handbook for transportation officials

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As transportation agencies around the country face falling revenues, shrinking budgets, and growing transportation demands, state departments of transportation are implementing innovative strategies to meet the challenges of 21st century transportation. SSTI and Smart Growth America continue to track these strategies, which are outlined in an updated version of The Innovative DOT handbook, scheduled for release in January, 2014. This webinar will feature its authors and contributors, highlighting fresh content and demonstrating how transportation professionals have applied the manual since its original release in 2012. Updates include new case studies from around the country and a wider range of strategies for project funding, improved decision-making, resilience planning, design policy reform and cultural change at DOTs.

The future of city streets: NACTO Urban Street Design Guide

Tuesday, 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.