Sustainable Transportation Planning for Communities

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Kimberly Burton is president of Burton Planning Services in Westerville, Ohio.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018 8:56 am | Updated: 11:20 am, Thu Nov 15, 2018.

Sustainable City Network will host a 4-hour online course on sustainable transportation planning Dec. 12 and 13, featuring instructor Kimberly Burton.

Historically, surface transportation planning has been a discipline that focused on the design of roadways to move motorized vehicles as efficiently as possible with minimal regard for other factors and non-drivers. However, today’s field of transportation planning often looks at a broader picture of planning for multiple modes of travel, traffic safety, environmental pollution, aesthetics, social equity, public engagement, and community cohesion and context.

This change has come about because of the realization that the economic health and quality of life of communities depend on a well-functioning and safe transportation system that serves all of its users. In this online course, participants will learn about a more sustainable approach to transportation planning that is focused on the community-level.

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Key audience take-aways

  • Comprehend transportation planning fundamentals and the importance to communities
  • Be familiar with the main considerations that influence transportation planning
  • Learn about the types of scale- and topic-based transportation planning
  • Connect transportation planning to other sustainability-related concepts, community programs, and future trends
  • Understand the main components of a transportation plan and how to prepare two types of community-wide transportation plans: Active Transportation and Complete Streets

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction to Transportation Planning
         o What is it
         o Importance
         o Supporting infrastructure – parking, lighting, signage, traffic control, capacity
         o Main components of transportation planning, by mode and user
         o Effects of LU, social, behavioral, environmental and political decisions and policies on function and form of streets
         o Congestion, LOS
         o Access vs. mobility
         o Plans vs programs vs policies vs laws/resolutions
         o Energy and emissions
  • Scale-based transportation planning
         o International, national, regional, state
         o County, Community (Thoroughfare Plans, LRTs)
         o Corridor, Site
         o Rural, suburban, urban considerations
  • Topic-based transportation planning (focus on relevance to sustainability)
         o Active transportation, Walk/Bike Audits
         o Transit planning, fixed route, rail vs bus, on-demand
         o Access management
         o Traffic calming
         o Complete streets
         o Context sensitive solutions
         o Tactical urbanism
         o Safety studies, Vision Zero
         o Multi-modal transportation plans
         o Intermodal hubs
         o Wayfinding
         o Travel demand modeling
         o Safe routes to schools
         o Advocacy
  • References for more info, on how to do all of these, funding

Day 2

  • Connecting transportation planning to other topics
         o Sustainability, Resiliency, Livability, Health, Equity, Placemaking, ED, TOD, CD, Revitalization, ADA, Green Infrastructure, Smart Growth
  • Integrating transportation planning into established community programs
         o Comp Plans, CDBG programs, CIP
  • Future considerations
         o Trends
         o Technology
  • Select 2 types of plans to discuss in detail - components and how to make them
         o Active Transportation Plan – City-wide, mode-specific
         o Complete Streets Plan – City-wide, all modes, land use/zoning integration

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