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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 9 - 10, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Designing for Pedestrian Safety  - The National Highway Institute's (NHI) 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. This course is intended primarily for state DOT staff involved with the Highway Safety Improvement Program, and for FHWA Safety Specialists. These specialists shall include: Engineers, planners, traffic safety and enforcement professionals, public health and injury prevention professionals, and decision-makers who have the responsibility of improving pedestrian safety at the state or local level. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbus, OH 
Feb 10, 2016  Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center  PBIC Workshop: Creating Livable Communities through Public Involvement  - PBIC, its partner Toole Design Group, and FHWA—in collaboration with America Walks—are offering a “Train-the-Trainer” workshop on Creating Livable Communities through Public Involvement at the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in February in Portland, OR. This free, one-day workshop, taught by Toole Design Group’s Peter Lagerwey, prepares professionals to lead Creating Livable Communities through Public Involvement workshops. Participants learn organizational models and strategies for teaching others how to most effectively work together on pedestrian and bicycle transportation projects and safety programs. The intent is to achieve better outcomes that have community buy-in and support. 
For more information contact pbic@pedbikeinfo.org
Event  Portland, OR 
Feb 11, 2016  FHWA  Webinar: Regional Models of Cooperation in Congestion Management  - Transportation congestion impacts the daily lives of many who live or work in urban areas, and it is a complex issue that frequently crosses planning jurisdictions in metropolitan areas. MPOs often work together with neighboring MPOs, with local jurisdictions, and with State DOTs to comprehensively measure and address congestion at a regional scale. This webinar will feature examples from the Philadelphia, PA, Rochester, NY, and Portland, OR regions, where MPOs, incident responders, and transit agencies are working together to manage regional congestion. 
For more information contact jody.mccullough@dot.gov
Webinar   
Feb 11, 2016  Transportation Model Improvement Program   TMIP Webinar: Introduction to GreenSTEP, the RSPM, and Related Strategic Planning Models  - This is the first of three webinars on the GreenSTEP and RSPM strategic planning models. GreenSTEP is an open-source model that was developed at the Oregon Department of Transportation to enable state planners and policy makers to analyze the effects of alternative strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. This webinar will focus on: -The motivation for building the GreenSTEP model and the policy issues it was built to analyze; -Design overview and major features; -Other related models (EERPAT, RPAT) and their differences; -GreenSTEP and RSPM application examples; -How the GreenSTEP and RSPM models are run; and -How to obtain the code and technical documentation for the GreenSTEP and RSPM Models. 
For more information contact moderator@tmip.org
Webinar   
Feb 11, 2016  FHWA  FHWA Webinar: Guidebook for Evaluating Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures  - This public webinar will provide an overview of the draft FHWA Guidebook for Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures. The Project Team will present a broad range of potential measures and will highlight: linkages to community goals; relevant applications; data sources; and, case studies. The webinar will focus on core concepts to be covered in the guidebook and will provide opportunities for feedback and discussion. Feedback from webinar participants will be incorporated in the final resource, which is anticipated for release in Spring 2016. 
For more information contact daniel.goodman@dot.gov
Webinar   
Feb 22 - 23, 2016  National Highway Institute   NHI Training: Federal-Aid Highways - 101 (State Version)  - During this time of economic expansion and growth, there are dramatic workforce changes taking place. Given the increasing demand by our partners and customers, it is critical to develop the knowledge of State DOT employees in the area of the Federal-aid highway development processes and regulations. Therefore, the overall course goal is to provide participants 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 entire project development process, including financing, planning, environment, right of way, highway and bridge design, construction, operations/ITS, maintenance, and technology; and identifying flexibility inherent in the Federal-Aid Program. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Santa Fe, NM 
Feb 23 - 24, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Traffic Monitoring Programs: Guidance and Procedures  - Developed in conjunction with the 5th revision of the FHWA Traffic Monitoring Guide (TMG 2013), this new course replaces NHI 151018 and offers guidance on how to manage a successful traffic monitoring program. The training begins with an overview of Federal traffic monitoring regulations and a presentation of the host State's traffic monitoring program. Subsequent lessons introduce federal guidance, best practices, and recommended procedures for developing a data collection framework for traffic volume, speed, classification, weight, and non-motorized programs. The course also incorporates related traffic monitoring elements of transportation management and operations, traffic data needs and uses, traffic data submittal requirements, and relevant traffic monitoring research. The critical importance of quality data collection is emphasized to support project planning, programming, design, and maintenance decisions-- all of which affect the Nation's transportation network. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Santa Fe, NM 
Feb 23 - 24, 2016  National Highway Institute   NHI Training: 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 
Feb 25 - 26, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Federal-Aid Highways - 101 (State Version)  - During this time of economic expansion and growth, there are dramatic workforce changes taking place. Given the increasing demand by our partners and customers, it is critical to develop the knowledge of State DOT employees in the area of the Federal-aid highway development processes and regulations. Therefore, the overall course goal is to provide participants 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 entire project development process, including financing, planning, environment, right of way, highway and bridge design, construction, operations/ITS, maintenance, and technology; and identifying flexibility inherent in the Federal-Aid Program. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Albuquerque, NM 
Feb 25, 2016  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Environmental Protection Agency's Revised Ozone Standard  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that will discuss the process involved in setting and meeting the new ozone standard. Noncompliance of the new standard will have significant financial implications for state Departments of Transportation. This webinar will address the states’ bottom line with regards to financial and legal consequences.  
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
Webinar   
Feb 29 - Mar 1, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Federal-Aid Highways - 101 (State Version)  - During this time of economic expansion and growth, there are dramatic workforce changes taking place. Given the increasing demand by our partners and customers, it is critical to develop the knowledge of State DOT employees in the area of the Federal-aid highway development processes and regulations. Therefore, the overall course goal is to provide participants 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 entire project development process, including financing, planning, environment, right of way, highway and bridge design, construction, operations/ITS, maintenance, and technology; and identifying flexibility inherent in the Federal-Aid Program. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Las Cruces, NM 
Mar 7, 2016  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Cities Beyond Driving  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Monday, March 7, 2016 from 1:00PM to 2:30PM ET that will focus on advanced solutions that may help transportation professionals envision cities beyond private vehicles. The goal of this webinar is to present diverse alternatives to driving a private car, from "alternative" multimodal transportation applications to autonomous vehicles. This webinar will also introduce policy issues that may arise as these multimodal solutions become available in cities. 
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
Webinar   
Mar 8 - 9, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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  Akron, OH 
Mar 8 - 9, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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. This course is intended primarily for state DOT staff involved with the Highway Safety Improvement Program, and for FHWA Safety Specialists. These specialists shall include: Engineers, planners, traffic safety and enforcement professionals, public health and injury prevention professionals, and decision-makers who have the responsibility of improving pedestrian safety at the state or local level. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Akron, OH 
Mar 15 - 16, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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
Event  La Cruces, NM 
Mar 15 - 17, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Access Management, Location and Design  - This course covers the complex technical issues that underlie effective access management practices on streets and highways and provides the technical rationale for proper signal spacing, driveway spacing and design, the application and design of auxiliary lanes. "Before" and "after" case studies illustrate the impacts of projects to improve traffic safety and operations. In addition, the course addresses the issues involved in developing and administering an effective access management program. The course references the state-of-the-practice as presented in the Transportation Research Board's Access Management Manual, the latest edition of AASHTO's A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book), and pertinent NCHRP reports. In summary, this training provides a lasting reference and specific applications of techniques and practices that will enable transportation engineering and planning personnel to implement successful access management strategies and programs. All participants will receive the class notebook and a copy of the TRB Access Management Manual. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Atlanta, GA 
Mar 22 - 24, 2016  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  Austin, TX 
Mar 22 - 24, 2016  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  Austin, TX 
Mar 24, 2016  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Scalability of Roundabouts  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that will discuss different characteristics of operating roundabout intersections that are not necessarily transferable to a “one size fits all” model. This webinar will examine the notion that providing exact design parameters may create intersections that are out of scale with a location and may increase construction costs while not gaining any improvement in safety or operational performance. This webinar will address the issue of the scalability of roundabout design in order to determine and achieve proper scale. 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 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) will be provided to attendees who register and attend the webinar as an individual. This webinar is pending approval by the American Institute of Certified Planners for 1.5 Certification Maintenance Credits. 
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
Webinar   
Mar 29, 2016  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Performance Management – An Optimized Investment Portfolio  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM ET that will feature research conducted by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). The research provides guidance and a spreadsheet tool to assist managers with analyzing and communicating performance impacts of investment decisions. This webinar will examine how to apply the suggested methodology, which provides a structured process to optimize an investment portfolio to reach performance goals. 
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
Webinar   
Mar 29 - 31, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Access Management, Location and Design  - This course covers the complex technical issues that underlie effective access management practices on streets and highways and provides the technical rationale for proper signal spacing, driveway spacing and design, the application and design of auxiliary lanes. "Before" and "after" case studies illustrate the impacts of projects to improve traffic safety and operations. In addition, the course addresses the issues involved in developing and administering an effective access management program. The course references the state-of-the-practice as presented in the Transportation Research Board's Access Management Manual, the latest edition of AASHTO's A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book), and pertinent NCHRP reports. In summary, this training provides a lasting reference and specific applications of techniques and practices that will enable transportation engineering and planning personnel to implement successful access management strategies and programs. All participants will receive the class notebook and a copy of the TRB Access Management Manual. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Akron, OH 
Mar 29 - 31, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Access Management, Location and Design  - This course covers the complex technical issues that underlie effective access management practices on streets and highways and provides the technical rationale for proper signal spacing, driveway spacing and design, the application and design of auxiliary lanes. "Before" and "after" case studies illustrate the impacts of projects to improve traffic safety and operations. In addition, the course addresses the issues involved in developing and administering an effective access management program. The course references the state-of-the-practice as presented in the Transportation Research Board's Access Management Manual, the latest edition of AASHTO's A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book), and pertinent NCHRP reports. In summary, this training provides a lasting reference and specific applications of techniques and practices that will enable transportation engineering and planning personnel to implement successful access management strategies and programs. All participants will receive the class notebook and a copy of the TRB Access Management Manual. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Akron, OH 
Apr 4 - 7, 2016  American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials  AASHTO Geospatial Information Systems for Transportation Symposium  - The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials sponsors the annual GIS for Transportation Symposium. It is a chance for persons in government and private industry who are interested in the use of GIS for transportation purposes to get together and share experiences, see state-of-art software, and learn more about this field. The Symposium annually attracts over 400 Symposium registrants in addition to the 30 exhibitors in the technology hall. The Symposium offers keynote speakers, discussion forums, workshops, presentations, and a technology hall where exhibitors showcase their services. Organizations and individuals with information related to GIS in transportation are encouraged to share their experience by presenting at the Symposium.  
For more information contact sbwray@ncdot.gov
Event  Raleigh, NC 
Apr 5 - 6, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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  Lebanan, OH 
Apr 5 - 7, 2016  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  Columbia, SC 
Apr 19 - 21, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Access Management, Location and Design  - This course covers the complex technical issues that underlie effective access management practices on streets and highways and provides the technical rationale for proper signal spacing, driveway spacing and design, the application and design of auxiliary lanes. "Before" and "after" case studies illustrate the impacts of projects to improve traffic safety and operations. In addition, the course addresses the issues involved in developing and administering an effective access management program. The course references the state-of-the-practice as presented in the Transportation Research Board's Access Management Manual, the latest edition of AASHTO's A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book), and pertinent NCHRP reports. In summary, this training provides a lasting reference and specific applications of techniques and practices that will enable transportation engineering and planning personnel to implement successful access management strategies and programs. All participants will receive the class notebook and a copy of the TRB Access Management Manual. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbus, OH 
May 10 - 11, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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  Topeka, KS 
May 17 - 19, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Access Management, Location and Design  - This course covers the complex technical issues that underlie effective access management practices on streets and highways and provides the technical rationale for proper signal spacing, driveway spacing and design, the application and design of auxiliary lanes. "Before" and "after" case studies illustrate the impacts of projects to improve traffic safety and operations. In addition, the course addresses the issues involved in developing and administering an effective access management program. The course references the state-of-the-practice as presented in the Transportation Research Board's Access Management Manual, the latest edition of AASHTO's A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets (Green Book), and pertinent NCHRP reports. In summary, this training provides a lasting reference and specific applications of techniques and practices that will enable transportation engineering and planning personnel to implement successful access management strategies and programs. All participants will receive the class notebook and a copy of the TRB Access Management Manual. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Lebanon, OH 
May 17 - 18, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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  Bowling Green, OH 
Jun 9 - 10, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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  Garfield Heights, OH 
Jun 14 - 16, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Columbia, SC 
Jul 19 - 21, 2016    Automated Vehicles Symposium 2016  - TRB is co-sponsoring the Workshop on the Future of Road Vehicle Automation on July 19-21, 2016, in San Francisco, California. This event will focus on challenges and opportunities related to the increasing automation of motor vehicles as well as the environments in which they operate. The workshop will build on previous workshops providing updates on the state-of-the-art in road vehicle automation research.  
For more information contact RCunard@nas.edu
Event  San Francisco, CA 
Jul 19 - 20, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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 
Aug 16 - 17, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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  Akron, OH 
Sep 13 - 14, 2016  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: 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  Lebanon, OH 
Oct 2 - 5, 2016    22nd National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation  - TRB is cosponsoring the 22nd National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation on October 2-5, 2016 in Asheville, North Carolina. The conference will explore practices and current research in rural public and intercity bus transportation. Presentation proposals are due by February 15, 2016. Applications for graduate research and undergraduate essay competitions are due by March 15, 2016. Students interested in applying for either of the competitions should select the Awards tab and then by click on Student Awards on the conference website.  Event  Asheville, NC 
For more information about the TPCB program, please email TPCB@dot.gov.

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