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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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Feb 27, 2017  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Strategic Information Management for State Departments of Transportation  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET that features research from National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 829: Leadership Guide for Strategic Information Management for State Departments of Transportation. This webinar will describe a guidebook for executives and managers about effectively developing and maintaining an agency's capability to provide mission-critical information when and where it is needed. 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 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual.  
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
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Mar 14, 2017  Pedestrian Bicycle Information Center  PBIC Webinar: Preparing for Successful Safety Education and Enforcement Efforts  - Many communities have transportation plans, pedestrian and bicycle master plans, or Vision Zero initiatives that include law enforcement activities aimed at improving safety for vulnerable road users. These activities require inter-agency partnerships and thoughtful preparation in order to be successful. In this webinar, seasoned practitioners will share their lessons learned in planning for and implementing prior to law enforcement efforts to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. We will share stories of what worked, what didn't work so well, and what to remember when planning enforcement activities. 
For more information contact pbic@pedbikeinfo.org
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Mar 16, 2017  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Livable Transit Corridors  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM ET that features research from the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP)’s Report 187: Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies. The planning method presented in the handbook was developed by studying more than 350 transit corridors throughout the U.S. It offers an operational framework for defining and assessing livability to provide clear guidance for corridor-level visioning and planning. A set of analysis tools was developed to identify corridor livability strengths and needs, and recommend paths to implementation. This webinar will examine the potential for transit access, land use and transportation integration, and a stakeholder-driven set of assessment and implementation tools to improve livability in transit corridors. This webinar is pending approval by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 2.0 Certification Maintenance Credits. 
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
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Mar 21, 2017  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Mini-Roundabouts: Is the US Ready to Take Advantage of Their Benefits?  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, from 1:00PM to 3:00PM ET on mini-roundabouts. Mini-roundabouts are a high capacity intersection design frequently used in Britain, France, and Germany, but less common in North America. Mini-roundabouts may relieve congestion and improve safety in a cost-effective manner for some types of intersections. This webinar will feature presenters who applied mini-roundabouts to relieve congestion or address safety problems. They will discuss the alternative designs they considered or tried and the processes they went through to ultimately select the mini-roundabout design. The presenters will also discuss the construction schedules, costs, and public feedback after the mini-roundabouts opened to traffic. This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Roundabouts. 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 2 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual. This webinar is approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 2 Certification Maintenance Credits.  
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
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Mar 28, 2017  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Highway Rumble Strips: Approaches to Balancing Public Safety and Community Noise  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET about how to balance the issues of public safety and community noise with highway rumble strips. The presenters will focus on the practices relative to installation of rumble strips in a manner that will minimize community noise.  
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
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Mar 29, 2017  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Performance-Based Design and Improving the Geometric Design Process  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM ET that features research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP)’s Report 785: Performance-Based Analysis of Geometric Design of Highways and Streets. This webinar will present two significant steps in advancing multimodal design of highways and streets: incorporating performance-based analysis into the project development process, and developing a comprehensive, flexible design process that considers the context of the facility and the performance of various modes. Presenters will also discuss an update to AASHTO’s Guidelines for Geometric Design of Very Low-Volume Roads, NCHRP Report 839: A Performance-Based Highway Geometric Design Process. 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 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual.  
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
Webinar   
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 
Mar 13 - 17, 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 
Apr 17 - 21, 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 
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 
Mar 28 - 29, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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  Austin, TX 
Mar 28 - 29, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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  Austin, TX 
Mar 28 - 29, 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  Austin, TX 
Apr 18 - 20, 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  Austin, TX 
Mar 22 - 23, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Utility Coordination for Highway Projects  - Every State highway agency participates in construction projects that include accommodation and relocation of utilities along public rights-of-way. 134006 Utility Coordination for Highway Projects considers how communication, cooperation, and coordination between transportation agencies and utility companies can mitigate or avoid common challenges. Participants in this blended course (combination of Web-based and instructor-led formats) learn how, when, and where in the project development process to identify and conduct effective utility coordination. Participants first take a self-paced, Web-based training to learn about regulatory requirements for both public and private utilities, subsurface utility engineering (SUE), and their own State's Utility Accommodation Policy. During the 2-day classroom event, participants learn to identify risks and potential issues associated with utilities, and then work together to evaluate ways to avoid or mitigate those risks and issues. (Please note: An optional lesson on utility challenges in projects using design-build delivery and other alternative contracting methods is available to be taught at the discretion of the State.) By putting these lessons into practice, utility-related complications in many cases can be predicted and mitigated at the most appropriate stage of project development, which can reduce potential negative impacts to timeline and budget. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Baltimore, MD 
Mar 22 - 23, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Utility Coordination for Highway Projects  - Every State highway agency participates in construction projects that include accommodation and relocation of utilities along public rights-of-way. 134006 Utility Coordination for Highway Projects considers how communication, cooperation, and coordination between transportation agencies and utility companies can mitigate or avoid common challenges. Participants in this blended course (combination of Web-based and instructor-led formats) learn how, when, and where in the project development process to identify and conduct effective utility coordination. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Baltimore, MD 
Apr 25 - 26, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Utility Coordination for Highway Projects  - Every State highway agency participates in construction projects that include accommodation and relocation of utilities along public rights-of-way. 134006 Utility Coordination for Highway Projects considers how communication, cooperation, and coordination between transportation agencies and utility companies can mitigate or avoid common challenges. Participants in this blended course (combination of Web-based and instructor-led formats) learn how, when, and where in the project development process to identify and conduct effective utility coordination. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbus, OH 
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 
Mar 28 - 30, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Public Involvement in the Transportation Decisionmaking Process  - Public involvement is much more than public hearings. It involves creative thinking as well as the willingness and ability to interact openly and sensitively to the public's preferred forms of communication and participation. Public involvement is about reaching out to and involving the public in transportation decisionmaking. The public should have a role in every phase of decisionmaking, including the design of the participation plan itself. Successful public involvement addresses the public's procedural, psychological, and substantive needs while gathering useful information. By focusing on interests--rather than positions--public involvement can become more meaningful as well as useful. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Fort Worth, TX 
Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Practical Conflict Management Skills for Environmental Issues  - This course is designed to teach basic conflict management skills, including interest-based negotiation, communication, and facilitation skills, as well as leadership behaviors and to examine opportunities for applying these collaborative skills in the context of transportation decisionmaking where there are environmental issues. The purpose of the course is to help transportation and environmental agencies, Tribes, and stakeholders bridge their different agency mandates and diverse interests and offers opportunities for participants to share their varied perspectives on important issues and resources. The course models how to participate in meaningful discussions and demonstrates how to maintain a positive and constructive dialogue, arrive at integrative decisions, make good use of limited time and personnel resources, achieve streamlined processes, and make decisions that serve the public. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Houston, 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 
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 
Apr 4 - 5, 2017  National Highway Institute   NHI Training: 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  Laredo, TX 
Apr 4 - 5, 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  Laredo, TX 
Apr 4 - 5, 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  Laredo, TX 
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 
Mar 21 - 23, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Beyond Compliance: Historic Preservation in Transportation Project Development  - Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act requires Federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on properties listed in, or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. This is accomplished through consultation with resource agencies, stakeholders, tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and the public. The regulation implementing Section 106 strongly encourages close coordination between the Section 106 process and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. The regulation also gives agencies great flexibility in how they fulfill their Section 106 responsibilities. This training is designed to help transportation professionals meet the requirements of Section 106 and take advantage of the flexibility offered by the Section 106 regulation. The training focuses on the fundamentals of Section 106, placing it in context with other environmental requirements, including NEPA and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act. The course presents a number of innovative and programmatic approaches to Section 106 compliance that streamline and enhance environmental reviews and project delivery. The training emphasizes practical, real-world approaches for completing the Section 106 process, with the goal of balancing historic preservation concerns with the needs of transportation projects. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.govj
Event  Newington, CT 
Apr 4 - 5, 2017  National Highway Institute  NHI Course: Interactive Highway Safety Design Model  - This course instructs highway design project managers, planners, designers, and traffic and safety reviewers in the application of the Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM) software and provides guidance on interpretation of the output. IHSDM is a suite of software tools to evaluate safety of two-lane rural highways. The software, developed for FHWA, was released in 2003 after several years of research and development to provide state-of-the-art techniques for safety analysis. IHSDM contains five tools that can be used to apply the most recent safety analysis techniques in a relatively straightforward and automated manner. For more information about IHSDM, go to http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/ihsdm/ihsdm.htm. Participants gain hands-on experience with the software. Therefore, the training facility must be equipped with computers. There should be no more than two participants per computer. Minimum system specifications for the computers are as follows: Operating System - Microsoft Vista, Windows XP or Windows 2000 Professional; HTML Browser - Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, or Foxfire; Spreadsheet Program, Microsoft Excel or equivalent; Hardware - At least 450 MHz Pentium III (or equivalent) CPU, 256 MB RAM or greater desirable, 800x600 high colors (16 bit) display; and 300 MB free disk space 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Shoreview, MN 
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 
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