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The table below provides information on upcoming events, activities, and webinars related to transportation planning. Click on a column header to sort by event date, organization, event name, or location.

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May 10 - 11, 2017  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Prioritizing Accessibility in Major Cities  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET about how to acknowledge accessibility as a performance measure and actively use it to improve transportation services for various users. Presenters will discuss current accessibility practices that help people access jobs, schools, and other places of interest. 
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
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May 11, 2017  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Planning for Millennials: What Do They Want and How Do Agencies Prepare?  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM ET about research projects conducted in different US states that investigate millennials' travel behavior, preferences and needs, and strategies for engaging millennials in transportation projects. The presenters will share their research findings, discuss how states can use these findings to guide transportation planning decisions, and provide suggestions for additional research and collaboration.  
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
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Jun 7, 2017  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Innovative Financing for Public Transportation: Value Capture and Small-and Medium-sized Public Private Partnerships  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that that features research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)’s Report 190: Guide to Value Capture Financing for Public Transportation Projects, and Report 191: Public Transportation Guidebook for Small- and Medium-sized Public-Private Partnership (P3) Initiatives. 
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
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May 3, 2017  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: A Look at the Legal Environment for Driverless Vehicles  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that features research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)’s Legal Research Digest 69: A Look at the Legal Environment for Driverless Vehicles. This webinar will explore legal policy issues that may be associated with driverless vehicles. Presenters will provide an introduction to the legal qualifications of driverless vehicles, and how civil and criminal liability may apply to them. They will also discuss how these vehicles are likely to become subject to prevailing automobile insurance laws, and the how these advent of driverless vehicles may change these laws. 
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
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May 11, 2017  National Transit Institute  NTI Webinar: Current Trends in Multiagency Transit Electronic Fare Systems  - Electronic fare payment systems have had a transformative impact on transit services in the United States, enabling better data collection, integrated fare solutions, customer conveniences, and other advantages over the transit token or ticket that they replaced. Newer, Multiagency Electronic Fare Payment Systems (EFPS), adopted by groups of transit operators supporting multiple modes, provide customers with common payment instruments such as smartcards that can be used across a region and on services offered by different providers. Even more recently, emerging fare payment technologies using mobile devices and third-party contactless media are gaining acceptance. Although the current fare systems make travel easier and more convenient, they are complex and can be challenging to implement. This webinar describes the research on two TCRP reports – TCRP Synthesis 125 on Multiagency Electronic Fare Payment Systems and TCRP Report 177 Preliminary Strategic Analysis of Next Generation Fare Payment Systems for Public Transportation. Presenters for this session are Polly Okunieff and Michael Dinning. 
For more information contact nti_info@nti.rutgers.edu
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May 16 - 18, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Federal-Aid 101  - During this time of economic expansion and growth, there are dramatic workforce changes taking place. Given the increasing demand by our partners and customers for more technical assistance, FHWA needs to develop the knowledge of their new/mid-career hires in the area of the Federal-aid processes and regulations. Therefore, the overall course goal is to provide FHWA employees, particularly mid-career hires, with an overview of the key elements of the Federal-Aid Highway Program. Specifically, this course focuses on general requirements and laws that govern the Federal-Aid Highway Program, processes and procedures followed in the project development, and identifying flexibility inherent in the Federal-Aid Program. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Lansing, MI 
Jul 18 - 20, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Basic Relocation under the Uniform Act  - The course is designed for the beginning relocation agent or for those persons interested in a basic knowledge of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Uniform Act). The purpose is to answer questions, meet technical needs, and broaden the knowledge of those engaged in the relocation of persons displaced as a result of a Federal or Federally-funded project. The course covers all functional areas of the relocation assistance program, with emphasis on residential displacements. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Dallas TX 
Jun 6 - 8, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Advanced Relocation under the Uniform Act  - This training goes beyond the basic functional areas of relocation assistance and concentrates on areas of specific concern, such as mortgage differential payments, settlement costs, and partial acquisitions. Other topics, including comparability, last resort housing, multiple use, tenants, and nonresidential moves -- including businesses, are also covered. The training is designed to allow flexibility in adjusting course materials to meet the needs of the requesting agency. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Houston, TX 
Oct 17 - 18, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Steps to Effective Target Setting for TPM  - The passage of MAP-21 further emphasized the importance of target setting within a performance management context. MAP-21 requires State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and public transit providers to set performance targets for the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) established national performance measures. This course explains the elements of target setting and focuses on how to set reasonable, attainable targets. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbia, SC 
Aug 22 - 23, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Road Safety Audits/Assessments  - Performing effective road safety audits/assessments, (RSAs), improves safety and demonstrates to the public an agency's dedication to crash reduction. An RSA is a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent audit team. The RSA training provides practical information on how to conduct an RSA, select a location, and build an independent, multi-disciplinary team. The costs, time, benefits, and common myths and concerns surrounding RSAs will be discussed. Participants learn how to improve transportation safety by applying a new proactive approach. Emphasis is placed on using low cost safety improvements as well as understanding the interaction between the highway and all road users. The training includes hands-on application of the training materials, which includes information on each stage of a road safety audit and easy-to-use-prompt lists. A copy of "FHWA Road Safety Audit Guidelines" is provided. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbus, OH 
Jun 20 - 21, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Road Safety Audits/Assessments  - Performing effective road safety audits/assessments, (RSAs), improves safety and demonstrates to the public an agency's dedication to crash reduction. An RSA is a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent audit team. The RSA training provides practical information on how to conduct an RSA, select a location, and build an independent, multi-disciplinary team. The costs, time, benefits, and common myths and concerns surrounding RSAs will be discussed. Participants learn how to improve transportation safety by applying a new proactive approach. Emphasis is placed on using low cost safety improvements as well as understanding the interaction between the highway and all road users. The training includes hands-on application of the training materials, which includes information on each stage of a road safety audit and easy-to-use-prompt lists. A copy of "FHWA Road Safety Audit Guidelines" is provided. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbus, OH 
Jun 13 - 14, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Road Safety Audits  - Performing effective road safety audits/assessments, (RSAs), improves safety and demonstrates to the public an agency's dedication to crash reduction. An RSA is a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent audit team. The RSA training provides practical information on how to conduct an RSA, select a location, and build an independent, multi-disciplinary team. The costs, time, benefits, and common myths and concerns surrounding RSAs will be discussed. Participants learn how to improve transportation safety by applying a new proactive approach. Emphasis is placed on using low cost safety improvements as well as understanding the interaction between the highway and all road users. The training includes hands-on application of the training materials, which includes information on each stage of a road safety audit and easy-to-use-prompt lists. A copy of "FHWA Road Safety Audit Guidelines" is provided. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Cambridge, OH 
Nov 28 - 30, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Planning and Designing for Pedestrian Safety  - The Planning and Designing for Pedestrian Safety is a combination of the information from the 2-day "Developing a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan" (NHI-380089) and 2-day "Designing for Pedestrian Safety" (NHI-380090) course. This comprehensive course is designed to help state and local officials learn "HOW TO" address pedestrian safety issues in the development of a pedestrian safety action plan, and specific programs and activities tailored to their community. It is also intended to assist agencies in the further enhancement of their existing pedestrian safety plan, programs, and activities, including involving partners and stakeholders, collecting and analyzing data and information, prioritizing issues and concerns, selecting and implementing an optimal combination of education, enforcement, engineering strategies. This course goes into more detail on engineering strategies than the "Developing a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan" (NHI-380089) course. This course includes two field exercises in the application of the principles, concepts, and strategies covered in the course. Also the participants will share and prioritize potential policies, programs, and strategies. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbia, SC 
May 24 - 25, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Pedestrian Facility Design  - To emphasize the importance of planning for pedestrians, the course focuses on case examples involving corridor and intersection design issues. Participants are engaged through lecture, discussion, video demonstrations of problem areas in corridors and intersections, small group problem identification, and the development of design alternatives. This training was developed to provide information and application opportunities to those involved in the design of pedestrian facilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires newly constructed and altered sidewalks to be accessible and usable by people with disabilities, and accessibility improvements need to be implemented for existing facilities. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Webinar  Springfield, IL 
May 22 - 24, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: NEPA and the Transportation Decisionmaking Process  - This comprehensive, three-day, instructor-led course presents the historical background and evolution of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related environmental laws. It discusses their influence on FHWA's policies and procedures for the transportation project development and decisionmaking process. The course examines how the framework of laws, regulations, policies, and guidance integrate social, environmental, and economic factors in making transportation project decisions that are in the best overall public interest. The course emphasizes the Council on Environmental Quality and FHWA's regulations; FHWA policy and guidance for implementing NEPA, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, and related environmental requirements. It discusses the NEPA Essential Elements in detail, including purpose and need, alternatives, impacts, mitigation, public involvement, interagency coordination and documentation. The course presents the requirements and considerations used to decide whether to prepare an environmental impact statement, an environmental assessment or determination that a project is categorically excluded from either. While this is not a course in environmental document writing, it presents the key principles for preparing high quality environmental documents, including the core principles from the FHWA/AASHTO/American Council of Engineering Companies Improving the Quality of Environmental Documents and the FHWA IQED initiative. The course also includes group exercises that allow participants to apply the course concepts to a realistic project scenario involving several transportation, social and environmental considerations. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Lincoln, NE 
Jul 25 - 26, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Introducing Human Factors in Roadway Design and Operations  - This course, Implementing Human Factors into Roadway Design: A Workshop on How to Use and Apply the Human Factors Guidelines (HFG) for Road Systems, helps participants gain an understanding of the HFG and how they can apply the principles to road system design and operational decisions. This course provides an overview of human factors as they relate to the roadway environment and describes why it is necessary to incorporate human factors in the design and operation of roadways as a complement to existing standards and manuals for roadway design and operation. Finally, the course offers a review of specific guidelines, as well as scenario-based case studies that allow attendees to apply the HFG to real roadway situations. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbia, SC 
May 23 - 24, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Highway Program Funding  - This instructor-led training provides an overview of the Federal-aid Highway Program, focusing on various aspects of highway program funding unique to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Topics include: the operation of the Highway Trust Fund and its significance to the funding level of the Federal-aid Highway Program; the content and policy implications of authorizing and appropriating legislation; the FHWA apportionment process; discussion of obligation limitation, allocations, deductions, earmarking, and transferability; and the effect of policy and budget considerations on the use of Federal-aid funds. The course has been updated to complement the new Federal-aid authorization bill. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Ames, IA 
May 9 - 10, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Highway Program Funding  - This instructor-led training provides an overview of the Federal-aid Highway Program, focusing on various aspects of highway program funding unique to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Topics include: the operation of the Highway Trust Fund and its significance to the funding level of the Federal-aid Highway Program; the content and policy implications of authorizing and appropriating legislation; the FHWA apportionment process; discussion of obligation limitation, allocations, deductions, earmarking, and transferability; and the effect of policy and budget considerations on the use of Federal-aid funds. The course has been updated to complement the new Federal-aid authorization bill. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Sterling, VA 
May 3 - 4, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Highway Program Funding  - This instructor-led training provides an overview of the Federal-aid Highway Program, focusing on various aspects of highway program funding unique to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Topics include: the operation of the Highway Trust Fund and its significance to the funding level of the Federal-aid Highway Program; the content and policy implications of authorizing and appropriating legislation; the FHWA apportionment process; discussion of obligation limitation, allocations, deductions, earmarking, and transferability; and the effect of policy and budget considerations on the use of Federal-aid funds. The course has been updated to complement the new Federal-aid authorization bill. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Arlington, VA 
Jun 12 - 16, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: FHWA Basic Contracting Officers Representative (COR) Training  - Contracting Officer's Representatives (COR) are integral to the acquisition process and perform critical acquisition functions; FHWA relies on CORs to help the Contracting Officer (CO) monitor work conducted under contracts in order to meet the Agency mission. Because of this important role, FHWA needs to develop the knowledge of their new and mid-career hires in the area of acquisition management. The overall course goal is to address the essential core competencies, outlined by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), required for CORs to effectively monitor Federal Government contracts. The class is tailored to meet the specific needs of FHWA CORs with examples and content directed to common contract types and issues faced by FHWA and Federal Lands Programs. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn 40 Continuous Learning Points in support of a Level II FAC-COR certification. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Arlington, VA 
May 15 - 19, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: FHWA Basic Contracting Officers Representative (COR) Training  - Contracting Officer's Representatives (COR) are integral to the acquisition process and perform critical acquisition functions; FHWA relies on CORs to help the Contracting Officer (CO) monitor work conducted under contracts in order to meet the Agency mission. Because of this important role, FHWA needs to develop the knowledge of their new and mid-career hires in the area of acquisition management. The overall course goal is to address the essential core competencies, outlined by the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), required for CORs to effectively monitor Federal Government contracts. The class is tailored to meet the specific needs of FHWA CORs with examples and content directed to common contract types and issues faced by FHWA and Federal Lands Programs. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn 40 Continuous Learning Points in support of a Level II FAC-COR certification. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Arlington, VA 
Sep 13 - 14, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Designing for Pedestrian Safety  - The Designing for Pedestrian Safety course is intended to help state and local transportation engineering professionals address pedestrian safety issues through design and engineering solutions. The training course includes a field exercise in the application of the principles, concepts, and strategies covered in the course. Also the participants will share and prioritize potential policies, programs, and strategies. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbus, OH 
Jul 27 - 28, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Designing for Pedestrian Safety  - The Designing for Pedestrian Safety course is intended to help state and local transportation engineering professionals address pedestrian safety issues through design and engineering solutions. The training course includes a field exercise in the application of the principles, concepts, and strategies covered in the course. Also the participants will share and prioritize potential policies, programs, and strategies. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbus, OH 
Sep 6 - 7, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Bicycle Facility Design  - This training will assist planners and designers in learning how to apply the existing standards and how to deal with other technical issues involved. The availability of Federal, State, and local transportation funding for bicycle facilities that serve transportation and recreational users is resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of bicycling (and shared use) facilities being planned and built. Although there are no Federal design standards for bicycle facilities, the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, or a modification thereof, serves as a design guide. As with most guides, the AASHTO guide cannot address every possible scenario so designers often need to apply engineering judgment where specific information is not provided. The training fee includes a copy of the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbus, OH 
May 22 - 23, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Bicycle Facility Design  - This training will assist planners and designers in learning how to apply the existing standards and how to deal with other technical issues involved. The availability of Federal, State, and local transportation funding for bicycle facilities that serve transportation and recreational users is resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of bicycling (and shared use) facilities being planned and built. Although there are no Federal design standards for bicycle facilities, the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, or a modification thereof, serves as a design guide. As with most guides, the AASHTO guide cannot address every possible scenario so designers often need to apply engineering judgment where specific information is not provided. The training fee includes a copy of the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Springfield, IL 
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