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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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Sep 8, 2015  FHWA Office of Transportation Performance Management  FHWA Webinar: Let's Talk Performance - Telling the Performance Story  - The Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration and several national stakeholder groups, would like you to join us for the next Let’s Talk Performance: Telling the Performance Story. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT). This event is open to FHWA and FTA staff, State DOTs, MPOs, transit providers, and other stakeholder agencies. This webinar is the last in a series of six webinars focused on transportation performance management implementation activities.  
For more information contact Michael.Nesbitt@dot.gov
Webinar   
Sep 8, 2015  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Bridging the Gap - Pillars to Build a New Future  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET that will discuss women’s issues in transportation, including transport policy, patterns, and mobility; health, safety, and personal security; sustainability; and transportation impacts on careers. This webinar is based on the Fifth Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation held in Paris, France in April 2014. Issues to be discussed include gender research, how to convert research findings into policy, and narrowing the gap between developed countries and developing ones. This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Women’s Issues in Transportation. Participants must register in advance of the webinar. There is no fee to attend this webinar. 
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
Webinar   
Sep 9 - 10, 2015  National Transit Institute  NTI Training: Managing the Environmental Review Process Seminar  - The goal of this seminar is to support the efficient and effective management of environmental processes in the development and construction of transit projects by providing current information on federal requirements, identifying best practices, and facilitating the sharing of information and insight among practitioners. The seminar will focus on proactive management of environmental considerations with special emphasis on the roles, responsibilities and partnerships necessary to successfully address technical, procedural and documentation issues. FTA expectations regarding how project sponsors should engage with FTA to address MAP-21 provisions will be reviewed. Special attention will be given throughout the seminar to the importance of identifying and managing potential risks to project planning and implementation, including schedule and budget considerations. This course is intended for transportation professionals from transit agencies and metropolitan planning organizations with a minimum of two-year’s experience in the environmental process relative to project development. 
For more information contact gstern@nti.rutgers.edu
Event  New York, NY 
Sep 9 - 11, 2015  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Metropolitan Transportation Planning  - This course provides a general introduction and overview of the metropolitan transportation planning process, underscoring its relationship to informed decision making. Aspects covered include key elements of the planning process; planning requirements; visioning, goals, objectives and measures of effectiveness; program and project development; alternatives and tools for their analysis. 
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Washington, D.C. 
Sep 9, 2015  FHWA Sustainable Pavements Program  FHWA Webinar: Towards Sustainable Pavements: Use Phase, Livable Communities, and Path Forward  - The FHWA launched the Sustainable Pavements Program in 2010 to advance the knowledge and practice of sustainability related to pavements. The overall objective of the program is to increase the awareness, visibility, and the body of knowledge of sustainability considerations in all phases of the pavement life cycle. Under that program, the FHWA has completed the technical resource publication "Towards Sustainable Pavement Systems: A Reference Document" (FHWA-HIF-15-002), and is now delivering a series of five webinars to help implement and promote key elements of pavement sustainability. 
For more information contact gina.ahlstrom@dot.gov
Webinar   
Sep 14 - 15, 2015  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  Washington, D.C. 
Sep 15, 2015  FHWA Office of Freight Management and Operations  FHWA Webinar: Leveraging Datasets with the Freight Analysis Framework - A Case Study on California's Statewide Freight Model  - Please join FHWA's Office of Freight Management and Operations for a webinar on the Freight Analysis Framework (FAF). The webinar will feature speakers from Caltrans and the University of California-Irvine. Speakers will present a case study on how they used FAF data in combination with other datasets to develop and apply a statewide freight model that supports transportation decision-making for the State of California. This webinar is aimed toward practitioners in State departments of transportation, metropolitan/regional planning organizations, and other agencies who have basic or no knowledge of the FAF but would like to move to the next skill level. This webinar will also provide a useful foundation for more advanced topics covered in future webinars. 
For more information contact FAF@dot.gov
Webinar   
Sep 16, 2015  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Multimodality in Major Cities: Urban Success Stories  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 2:00-3:30PM ET that will provide information about urban multimodal projects and the successes and challenges these projects faced with implementation. This webinar will discuss lessons learned from these urban multimodal projects and practices of multimodal implementation. Presenters will address stakeholder engagement strategies, Vision Zero in New York City, Salt Lake City's Bike Share Program, and Austin's Complete Streets Program. This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Transportation Issues in Major Cities Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor or non-TRB Sustaining Affiliate employees.  
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
Webinar   
Sep 16 - 18, 2015  Transportation Research Board  International Conference on Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events  - TRB is sponsoring the International Conference on Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events on September 16-18, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The event is designed to provide transportation agencies with information, research results, and sample practices to assist in their ability to predict and adapt to the potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. The conference will also attempt to promote international dialogue on research, implementation, and lessons learned. 
For more information contact MStarnes@nas.edu
Event  Washington, D.C. 
Sep 17, 2015  FTA Office of Transit Safety & Oversight  FTA Webinar: Public Transportation Safety Program Proposed Rule  - Please join the Federal Transit Administration's Office of Transit Safety & Oversight for a webinar to discuss the Public Transportation Safety Program Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) recently published in the Federal Register. During the webinar, FTA will discuss the provisions of the proposed rule and how industry stakeholders can get involved in the regulatory process. The proposed rule would formally adopt Safety Management Systems (SMS) as the basis for FTA’s new Public Transportation Safety Program. To ensure consistency in the implementation of this new program, the proposed rule would establish the framework for the FTA Administrator’s authority to monitor, oversee, and enforce safety in the public transportation industry. The proposed rule also outlines proposed content for the National Public Transportation Safety Plan which will be the subject of its own Federal Register notice expected to be published later this year.   Webinar   
Sep 18, 2015  FTA  FTA Webinar: Public Transportation Safety Program NPRM  - In this webinar, the Federal Transit Administration's Office of Transit Safety & Oversight will discuss the Public Transportation Safety Program Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).  
For more information contact donna.aggazio@dot.gov
Webinar   
Sep 20 - 23, 2015  Transportation Research Board  TRB 2015 Environmental Analysis in Transportation Workshop  - The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is sponsoring the 2015 Environmental Analysis in Transportation Summer Workshop on September 20-23, 2015 in San Diego, California. The workshop theme is "Better Transportation and Environmental Outcomes through Effective Partnerships.” This workshop is offered by the TRB Committee on Environmental Analysis in Transportation (ADC10). The San Diego Association of Governments and Caltrans are this year's hosts. The workshop is for transportation, planning and environmental professionals and will focus on such topics as: Freight Mobility in the Urban Setting; Developing Productive Partnerships; Transportation and Environmental Planning at International Borders; Overcoming Opposition to Projects; Ecological at Work in Long-term Mitigation; Effective Nontraditional Partnerships; Why We Need to Document Health Benefits and Transportation Linkages; Reaching People-Successful Public Involvement; Environmental Justice.  Event  San Diego, CA 
Sep 20 - 24, 2015  Center for Transportation and the Environment at North Carolina State University  2015 International Conference on Ecology and Transportation  - The International Conference on Ecology and Transportation (ICOET) is the foremost multi-disciplinary, inter-agency supported conference addressing the broad range of ecological issues related to transportation systems. Experts in transportation development, related scientific study, policy issues, and administrative processes gather at ICOET to share the most current research information, quality applications, and best practices that can enhance both the project development process and the ecological sustainability of transportation systems. The ICOET program includes presentations for all transportation modes and topics of interest to attendees – researchers, biologists, engineers, planners, project managers, administrators, and policy makers representing government, Tribal, academic, nongovernmental, and private industry organizations. More than 500 professionals from all 50 United States and over 20 other countries attend ICOET. ICOET is co-hosted by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, with support from the US DOT Federal Highway Administration 
For more information contact eugene_murray@ncsu.edu
Event  Raleigh, NC 
Sep 24 - 25, 2015  National Transit Institute  NTI Training: Environmental Justice  - The National Transit Institute (NTI) will be holding the Environmental Justice training course on September 24-25, 2015 in Austin, TX. This training will instruct FTA’s grantees on how to effectively satisfy the requirements of Executive Order 12898, U.S. DOT Order 5610.2(a), and FTA Circular 4703.1 on Environmental Justice. It is intended to serve as guidance for practitioners, reviewers, and grantees on effective ways for integrating the consideration of Environmental Justice impacts throughout the transportation planning and project development/NEPA processes. The audience for this training is State DOT staff, RPO/MPO staff, and transit agency/provider staff.  
For more information contact gstern@nti.rutgers.edu
Event  Austin, TX 
Sep 24 - 28, 2015  American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials  American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Annual Meeting  - The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Annual Meeting is one of the industry’s most important gatherings of transportation, government and commercial organizations. The Annual Meeting offers transportation executives the opportunity to network and share the latest in industry policies and innovations. 
For more information contact mrussell@aashto.org
Event  Chicago, IL 
Sep 24, 2015  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: Putting Transportation Asset Management into Practice in a State Department of Transportation  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM ET that will provide information about developing a Transportation Asset Management Plan that is compliant with the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This webinar will also discuss incorporating risk into investment decisions and how to align an organization to support asset management by building organizational buy-in and defining roles and responsibilities. This webinar was organized by the TRB Standing Committee on Transportation Asset Management. Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor or non-TRB Sustaining Affiliate employees. 
For more information contact rgillum@nas.edu
Webinar   
Sep 24 - 25, 2015  National Transit Institute  NTI Training: Title VI and Public Transit  - This course will help practitioners appreciate the importance of transit equity considerations during the day-to-day life of transit planning, management, and operations. It is designed to provide accurate information on a variety of equity considerations an agency is exposed to on a daily basis. Objectives: Understand the historical background of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the environmental justice movement; understand the Federal Laws, and regulations and guidance of Title VI, environmental justice, NEPA and LEP; and receive resources to address these requirements. 
For more information contact gstern@nti.rutgers.edu
Event  Miama, FL 
Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2015  National Transit Institute  NTI Training: Transit-Oriented Development  - Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is defined as compact, mixed-use development near transit that creates sustainable communities where people of all ages and incomes have transportation and housing choices where people can walk, bike, and take transit. The goal of this course is to help transportation and land use professionals effectively participate in the planning, funding, and implementation of transit-oriented projects that improve the environment, create a sense of community, and boost transit ridership. The primary audience includes transit agency planners and development specialists, State DOT planners and engineering, MPO staff, Federal employees (FTA, FHWA, FRA, HUD, DOL, DOE and others), city and county engineers and planners and consultants.  
For more information contact gstern@nti.rutgers.edu
Event  Las Vegas, NV 
Oct 6 - 8, 2015  Southeastern Transportation Center  5th Road Safety and Simulation International Conference  - The University of Central Florida (UCF) and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) are pleased to host the 2015 Road Safety & Simulation International Conference. The RSS series showcases advancements in traffic simulation and driving simulator technologies, introducing new initiatives and concepts that have emerged since the first RSS conference in Rome, Italy in 2007. Under the auspices of the Southeastern Transportation Center, three world-class research centers will support the conference: Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation, and the Institute for Simulation and Training at UCF; and UTK’s Center for Transportation Research. These centers conduct sponsored research in driving simulators, traffic simulation, traffic safety, commercial vehicle operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems deployment, and congestion pricing; human factors; and comprehensive transportation safety, including surface modes, rail, and bicycle and pedestrian issues. 
For more information contact RSS2015@ucf.edu
Event  Orlando, FL 
Oct 7, 2015  FHWA  FHWA Webinar: Eco-Logical Crediting  - A webinar presented by the Federal Highway Administration on ecosystem services and crediting, their relation to the Integrated Eco-Logical Framework and mitigation, and how agencies can account for ecosystem services in their planning and decision making processes.  
For more information contact jordan.wainer@dot.gov or Mike.Ruth@dot.gov
Webinar   
Oct 12 - 16, 2015  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Introduction to Urban Travel Demand Forecasting  - Through classroom lectures and interactive workshops, this introductory course covers the traditional four-step modeling process of trip generation, trip distribution, mode choice, and trip assignment. The course includes presentations on land use inputs, network and zone structures, time of day factoring, and reasonableness checking. A half day computer lab exercise is included to reinforce the concepts presented in the classroom.  
For more information contact nhicustomerservice@dot.gov
Event  Charlotte, NC 
Oct 14 - 15, 2015  National Transit Institute  NTI Training: Environmental Justice  - The National Transit Institute (NTI) will be holding the Environmental Justice training course on October 14-15, 2015 in Boston, MA. This training will instruct FTA’s grantees on how to effectively satisfy the requirements of Executive Order 12898, U.S. DOT Order 5610.2(a), and FTA Circular 4703.1 on Environmental Justice. It is intended to serve as guidance for practitioners, reviewers, and grantees on effective ways for integrating the consideration of Environmental Justice impacts throughout the transportation planning and project development/NEPA processes. The audience for this training is State DOT staff, RPO/MPO staff, and transit agency/provider staff.  
For more information contact gstern@nti.rutgers.edu
Event  Boston, MA 
Oct 15, 2015  Transportation Research Board  TRB Webinar: The Vital Role of Operations and Maintenance in Supporting and Enhancing Sustainability  - TRB will conduct a webinar on Thursday, October 15, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET that will highlight the contribution of transportation to a sustainable society, the importance of maintenance and operations in transportation, and ways that maintenance and operations may support a sustainable transportation program. Presenters will review a goal-oriented, performance-based approach toward sustainability. This webinar is based on research published by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). Participants must register in advance of the webinar, and there is a fee for non-TRB Sponsor or non-TRB Sustaining Affiliate employees.  
For more information contact RGillum@nas.edu
Webinar   
Oct 19 - 20, 2015  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Risk Management  - This course provides an understanding of risk management concepts and processes, including terminology, benefits of use, risk management planning, and a framework for implementation. The course presents a cyclical risk management framework through classroom training and an independent study assignment, focusing on gathering information; identifying risk; analyzing and prioritizing risk events; documenting risk; identifying risk response strategies; incorporating response strategies into a plan; and monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting strategies. 
For more information contact Jennifer Brandenburg (919) 733-3725
Event  Raleigh, NC 
Oct 20 - 23, 2015  Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations  2015 Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Annual Conference  - The 2015 Annual Conference of the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) will be held in Las Vegas, NV on October 20-23, 2015.   Event  Las Vegas, NV 
Oct 21 - 23, 2015  METRANS Transportation Center  2015 International Urban Freight Conference  - Organized by the METRANS Transportation Center, the purpose of the International Urban Freight Conference (I-NUF) is to provide a forum for multidisciplinary research on all aspects of urban freight. A second purpose of I-NUF is to raise the visibility of urban freight research. I-NUF is recognized as the premier venue for urban freight research. It draws participants from around the world and from not only the research community but from the private sector and government as well. Urban freight is a growing area of research. As the population becomes increasingly urbanized, cities become larger and more dense; and transport demands of both passengers and freight become more challenging to manage. When population and economic activity are concentrated, the externalities of freight--air pollution, noise, traffic congestion--affect more people. At the same time, some of the solutions that solve passenger transport problems, such as more use of non-motorized modes or alternative fuel vehicles, are much more difficult to apply to freight transport. Cities have historically been centers of trade, and globalization has reinforced this role. The largest ports, airports, and trade centers are located in cities, adding another dimension to urban freight. Finally, freight accounts for a substantial share of all transport sector GHG emissions. Developing ways to reduce these emissions is critical, whether through better managing freight demand, more efficient freight flows, new vehicle technologies, or other strategies. 
For more information contact alix.traver@csulb.edu
Event  Long Beach, CA 
Oct 22 - 23, 2015  National Highway Institute  NHI Training: Risk Management  - This course provides an understanding of risk management concepts and processes, including terminology, benefits of use, risk management planning, and a framework for implementation. The course presents a cyclical risk management framework through classroom training and an independent study assignment, focusing on gathering information; identifying risk; analyzing and prioritizing risk events; documenting risk; identifying risk response strategies; incorporating response strategies into a plan; and monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting strategies. 
For more information contact Jennifer Brandenburg (919) 733-3725
Event  Raleigh, NC 
Oct 28 - 31, 2015  National Association of City Transportation Officials  NACTO Conference - Designing Cities 2015  - On October 28-31, 2015, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) will hold the fourth annual Designing Cities conference in Austin, Texas. The Designing Cities conference convenes transportation leaders and practitioners from across the country to discuss key trends in urban street design and transportation policy. Local leaders working on the ground to revitalize city streets exchange best practices with major city transportation stakeholders and private sector entrepreneurs committed to a common vision for healthier, more sustainable, economically vibrant cities of tomorrow. 
For more information contact corinne@nacto.org
Event  Austin, TX 
Oct 28 - 31, 2015  Institute of Transportation Engineers  Institute of Transportation Engineers 2015 Technical Conference  - The 2015 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Technical Conference will be held in Tucson, AZ on October 28-31, 2015.   Event  Tucson, AZ 
Nov 4 - 7, 2015  National League of Cities  National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities and Exposition  - The National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities and Exposition will be held in Nashville, TN on November 4-7, 2015.   Event  Nashville, TN 
Nov 9 - 11, 2015  National Transit Institute  NTI Training: Title VI and Public Transit  - This course will help practitioners appreciate the importance of transit equity considerations during the day-to-day life of transit planning, management, and operations. It is designed to provide accurate information on a variety of equity considerations an agency is exposed to on a daily basis. Objectives: Understand the historical background of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the environmental justice movement; understand the Federal Laws, and regulations and guidance of Title VI, environmental justice, NEPA and LEP; and receive resources to address these requirements. 
For more information contact gstern@nti.rutgers.edu
Event  Arlington Heights, IL 
Nov 15 - 17, 2015  Transportation Research Board, American Public Transportation Association  13th APTA/TRB Joint National Light Rail and Streetcars Conference: Transforming Urban Areas  - TRB and APTA are co-sponsoring the 13th APTA/TRB Joint National Light Rail and Streetcars Conference: Transforming Urban Areas on November 15-17, 2015, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference is designed to explore the latest issues and trends in light rail research and practice related to planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance. The theme of the conference is the role of light rail in providing mobility in the evolving international metropolitan environment. 
For more information contact sandrle@nas.edu
Event  Minneapolis, MN 
Nov 18 - 19, 2015  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  Ashland, OH 
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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