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Transportation Planning Information Exchange

The FHWA/FTA Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program (TPCB), has established a quarterly webinar series titled the Transportation Planning Information Exchange. These webinars are intended to improve transportation decision-making by providing a convenient program of training, technical assistance, and capacity building for State, local, regional and tribal governments, transit operators, stakeholders, and community leaders.

Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Date Time
TRB Webinar: Tools for Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection
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TRB will conduct a webinar on January 29, 2015, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm ET that will explore forthcoming NCHRP Report 797: Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle Volume Data Collection. Webinar presenters will provide an overview of the guidebook's contents and a short summary of the research. This webinar will introduce applications for non-motorized count data, technologies and methods for collecting non-motorized count data, and methods for adjusting raw count data to (a) correct errors inherent to a given counting technology and (b) adjust counts to estimate volumes over different periods of time and/or under different environmental conditions than those counted. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor or non-TRB Sustaining Affiliate employees. A certificate for two Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual.
January 29, 2015 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (EST) 
2015 DOT Civil Rights Virtual Symposium
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Speaking with One Voice: Connecting the DOTs is a three-day, virtual event that will connect stakeholders, themes, and perspectives across the civil rights transportation community. Connecting the DOTs brings together people and ideas from leading experts on Civil Rights topics that impact the U.S. transportation system today and into the future. Presentations will take place in virtual web conference meeting rooms. Track 1: Connecting Federal to State – This track focuses on federal regulations, guidance, and oversight procedures to civil rights programs that involve state implementation such as: Title VI non-discriminatory programs, Disadvantage Business Enterprise, limited English proficiency, environmental justice, and accessibility. Track 2: Connecting People – This track focuses on the relationships and interconnectedness that are needed amongst civil rights practitioners, partners and stakeholders in order to build effective programs and achieve strategic organizational goals pertaining equity, fairness and inclusiveness in transportation projects and workplaces. Track 3: Connecting to the Future – This track looks forward to the civil rights transportation concerns and challenges of the future.
February 3, 2015  
FHWA Webinar: WICHway- A Traffic Management Website
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Please join the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for its 24th installment in a quarterly webcast series that highlights applications of geospatial technologies in transportation. Kansas Department of Transportation’s (KDOT) WICHway website provides the latest traffic information on Wichita’s highways. It is part of the statewide Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) designed to help travelers, commuters, commercial transport and other drivers make informed decisions as they travel Kansas highways. With a redesign of the website, KDOT project sponsors wanted to continue the current functionality of the website but looked to incorporate innovative ideas that would enhance the delivery of information – especially to mobile users. With a short timeline, the new website was created and launched, and is being used successfully on desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. No pre-registration necessary, and attendance is free. (Audio Number: 877-336-1274 / Participant Passcode: 7838594#)
February 4, 2015 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (ET) 
FHWA Webinar: Eco-Logical Starter Kit, Overview, and Technical Assistance Launch
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Are you new to Eco-Logical? Are you a veteran looking for some new tools to help your agency implement Eco-Logical? Do you want to hear about new Eco-Logical products and how to navigate through the available resources? Learn about the history of Eco-Logical, the steps of the Integrated Eco-Logical Framework, and the newly available Starter Kit and other technical assistance resources and hear from users of the Starter Kit on the components they found most useful. The Eco-Logical approach organizes current methods for addressing natural resource identification, avoidance, minimization and mitigation into a systematic, step-wise process that starts at the beginning of the transportation planning process and concludes with establishing programmatic approaches to recurring natural resource issues that are implemented at the project level. Featuring FHWA and Michigan Department of Transportation.
February 10, 2015 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (EST) 
TRB Webinar: Planning for Safety Considerations on Airfields
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TRB will conduct a webinar on February 11, 2015, from 2:00pm to 3:30pm ET that will feature research conducted by TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) on airfield safety considerations. Webinar presenters will discuss best practices and practical applications for designing aircraft aprons (with safety in mind) and how to manage risk from aircraft overrunning, undershooting, or veering off the runway. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is no fee associated with this webinar.
February 11, 2015 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (EST) 
TRB Webinar: Decisions are Made on Tuesday Mornings – The Role and Requirements for Data in the Decision-Making Process
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TRB will conduct a webinar on February 17, 2015, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm ET that will present how states are turning data into information. From the perspectives of a decision maker, a data manager, and an information strategist, webinar presenters will discuss the types of data needed, how data is used to create performance reports, and how to move beyond the traditional data/performance measure relationship. Perfect data is both rarely attainable and rarely required. It is better to have good data that leads one to the right decision, than to wait for perfect data that attempts to make the decision. What is usually needed is information that is relevant, understandable, and available. This session will cover the types of data needed, techniques for meeting CEO needs related to decision making, and tools for communicating transportation information. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor or non-TRB Sustaining Affiliate employees.
February 17, 2015 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ET) 
TMIP Webinar: Transferability- How to Make it Work Best for Your Model
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Presented by Thomas F. Rossi (Cambridge Systematics, Inc.) and Chandra R. Bhat (University of Texas, Austin) The mathematical relationships in travel models depend on parameters that reflect the sensitivity of travelers’ choices to the model’s input variables. The process of model transfer from one region to another has become commonplace as a way to obtain model parameter estimated when sufficient local data for model estimation. This webinar will provide guidance to transportation planners on alternative approaches to model transfer based on the amount of available resources. The guidance is based on research that has been conducted on model transferability, which indicates mixed results for model transferability. The focus of the webinar will be on specific ways in which modelers can choose the best methods and practices for transferring model parameters given the types of models and data available. Planners in many cases may have superior alternatives to the use of national average parameters, especially when some local data are available. Transferability results may be improved through use of small amounts of local data in an updating process when transferring models. This webinar seeks to present that knowledge to provide planners along with practical guidance in determining the best transfer methods for their unique situations. The guidance includes variable specification, model updating procedures using some local data, procedures to use when local data are unavailable, and use of data from national sources. Simple examples of the various model transfer methods will be presented. The TeleConference Toll Free Number: 1-888-675-2535 Participant Passcode: 8344566
February 19, 2015 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (EST) 
USDOT Webinar: Creating Smart Paths for Connected Cities
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The USDOT will host a free webinar to inform stakeholders of its new Connected Cities Research Program. The webinar, entitled "Creating Smart Paths for Connected Cities," is scheduled for February 26, 2015, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm EST. "Connected cities"--where information networks connect city systems including transportation, utilities, and public services-have enormous potential to enhance the livability of our streets and quality of life for residents. Connected vehicle technologies, integrated sensors, big data analytics, cloud computing, mobile devices, social media, the smart grid, and the Internet of Things are converging to transform the future of our cities, making them smarter and their citizens more connected than ever before. To help shape this future, the USDOT's Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) is launching a Connected Cities Research Program.
February 26, 2015 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (EST) 

Past Webinars

Webinar Date Presentation Recording Transcript
Scenario Planning Applications for Freight Transportation 07/30/2014 webinar presentation webinar audio  
MAP-21 - Statewide and Metropolitan Planning NPRM 06/24/2014 webinar presentation webinar audio  
MAP-21 - Statewide and Metropolitan Planning NPRM 06/13/2014 webinar presentation webinar audio  
TPIE Planning Emphasis Areas 06/11/2014 webinar presentation webinar audio  
Estimating Transportation Greenhouse Gases for Integration into the Planning Process 02/27/2014   webinar audio webinar transcript
Transportation Planning Implications of Transportation Management Area Designations 01/08/2014 webinar presentation webinar audio  
FHWA/FTA Performance-based Planning and Programming Guidebook 12/05/2013 webinar presentation webinar audio webinar transcript
Scenario Planning Tools and Techniques for Effective Analysis and Assessment 11/05/2103 webinar presentation webinar audio webinar transcript
FHWA/FTA Performance-based Planning and Programming Guidebook 10/29/2013 webinar presentation webinar audio webinar transcript
Transportation Planning Implications of Census Urbanized Area Designations 10/03/2013 webinar presentation webinar audio  
Security in the Project Planning and Development Process - Busting a Few Myths 06/05/2013 webinar presentation webinar audio webinar transcript
Performance Measures for Financial Sustainability of Highway Assets 05/28/2013 webinar presentation webinar presentation webinar presentation webinar audio webinar transcript
Performance-Based Planning and Programming 03/21/2013 webinar presentation webinar audio webinar transcript
Scenario Planning, State of the Practice 02/14/2013 webinar presentation webinar audio webinar transcript
INVEST Sustainability Scorecard for Systems Planning and Funding Opportunity 02/05/2013 webinar presentation
Effective Practices in Planning for Livable Communities at Metropolitan Planning Organizations 11/13/2012 webinar presentation  
An Introduction to the Transportation Planning Capacity Building and Peer Programs 05/15/2012 webinar presentation  

Other Transportation Planning Webinars

To view a schedule of the TPCB webinars or to find other external webinars please click on the resources.

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For more information about the TPCB program, contact Michelle Noch at FHWA (202-366-9206) or Tonya Holland at FTA (202-493-0283).

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