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TE-06 California MUTCD Update Workshop, Oct 3

16 min 15 sec ago
Description
Are you aware that California adopted a new CA MUTCD standard (CA MUTCD 2014 Revision 2) in April 2017? This affects how you do your daily work in transportation because it updates or changes the State's traffic control requirements?
Are you aware of your company or public agency's requirements to follow this document related to transportation projects?
Are you wondering how the prior Caltrans Traffic Manual, the California Supplement to the MUTCD, and the most recent Federal MUTCD all relate to each other and to your work?
Do you know the status of some of the more significant changes to the CA MUTCD, such as signal timing parameters, pedestrian and bicycle traffic controls, traffic signs, and speed zones apply?
Would you like to find out how other California practitioners are applying these new standards and guidelines successfully? Would you like to benefit from their real-world, transportation experience in both the public and private sides of the industry, and be able to apply their "lessons learned" to your projects spanning traffic control devices, signage, traffic signals, school zones, pavement markings, and the latest requirements and guidance for these?
Do you want to hear about some of the changes that have been approved for 2017 and some changes that may occur in the future?
If so, you will want to attend this important workshop, which emphasizes application areas of the new CA MUTCD. Learn where your prior California Supplement/Traffic Manual applications still apply or have become outdated. Fully understand where and how California practice differs from Federal practice to be in compliance. Pick-up wide-ranging good practices in applying these standards to new and existing transportation facilities in California. The workshop is a combination of presentations by experts, discussion, and Q&A, so whether you are a seasoned practitioner or completely new to the field, bring your issues and experience to further your knowledge.

Topics Include
Important changes due to the adoption of the CA MUTCD 2014 Revision 2
How the prior California Supplement and Traffic manuals still apply and don't apply
CA versus Federal Differences
Issues encountered by practitioners
All-way STOP application and useful forms
Application of speed zones and the law of the real-world tips
Application of warning signs and key curve advisory standards
Differences between and applications of guide, warning, and regulatory signs
Improperly used signs
Application and recent changes to traffic signal warrants
Traffic signal timing parameters and operations
School area traffic controls devices, recent changes, and application
Common errors by practitioners
Good practices

Who Should Attend
This 1-day workshop will benefit traffic engineers, planners, and technicians who work in the various facets of traffic engineering. The workshop will also benefit other individuals who wish to learn about practical applications of the CA MUTCD to traffic engineering practice. Individuals with or without prior knowledge of the CA MUTCD will benefit.

TE-53 VMT Metrics Application and Analysis for SB 743 Compliance, Nov 2

16 min 15 sec ago
OPR has selected vehicle-miles-of-travel (VMT) as the preferred metric to comply with Senate Bill 743 (SB 743). The recommended changes to the CEQA Guidelines include a Technical Advisory that provides recommendations about VMT screening, methodology, and thresholds. These recommendations require fundamental changes in current transportation impact analysis practices and have implications for transportation planning as part of general plans and regional transportation plans. This course will explain the technical details of how to address these changes and include detailed step-by-step flow-chart explanations of how to analyze land use projects, transportation projects, land use plans (e.g., general plans), and regional transportation plans under SB 743.

Topics Include
Role of VMT in environmental impact analysis versus transportation planning
VMT estimation and forecasting methods
-Data and models
-Project versus cumulative analysis
-Differences in methods for energy, air quality, GHG, and transportation impacts
-Induced Travel
Role of the ARB's Mobile Source Strategy in establishing substantial evidence for significance thresholds
Role of RTPs and general plans in setting significance thresholds
Mitigation sources, strategies, and limitations

What You Will Learn
Students will obtain a rich set of information to help them navigate SB 743 compliance.
How to estimate and forecast VMT using a variety of methods and what limitations apply.
How to relate VMT reduction goals across technical topic areas including energy, air quality, greenhouse gases, and transportation.
What forms of VMT are most useful in measuring transportation impacts.
What decisions are required to select appropriate thresholds and what constitutes substantial evidence to support these decisions.

Who Should Attend
This course is intended for planners, engineers, policy analysts, and CEQA practitioners, among others, in private or public practice who want to understand the technical details associated with SB 743 implementation and the fundamental changes in current transportation impact analysis practices.

ITS Seminar: Environment, Economy, and Equity, Sep 22

Fri, 2017-09-22 23:33
New mobility services including carsharing and ride-sourcing are growing quickly, but are they providing mobility for all travelers? Who is using these services? For what purposes? And what are they replacing? I will share results from a series of recent studies addressing these questions. Some have used system data gleaned from the car2go and Uber application programming interfaces (APIs) to examine the types of trips served by car2go, and the quality of Uber services across diverse neighborhoods. In another study we used intercept surveys to characterize travelers using UberHOP (a fixed-route, flat-fare service tested by Uber in Seattle in 2016) and their reasons for choosing HOP. Finally, I will share results of a field experiment in Seattle and Boston that tested whether Uber and Lyft drivers discriminated against travelers on the basis of a traveler’s perceived race.

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review, thru Oct 11

Wed, 2017-09-20 22:36
This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to cover the topics identified on the TRAFFIC ENGINEER EXAMINATION CONTENT OUTLINE on the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists website. It provides strategies and techniques needed to manage time and solve exam questions under pressure, and apply required manuals, handbooks and references, such as California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD 2014), Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), Caltrans Traffic Manual, ITE Trip Generation Handbook and ITE Parking Generation Handbook to solve traffic engineering problems.
Throughout the course, practice exam problems and solutions covering all three main areas of traffic engineering-planning, operations, and design-are used. The course is taught by a team of expert practicing traffic engineers. We will be using our an online learning management system (LMS). The LMS allows ongoing online communication with the expert instructors throughout the training. Students will be given problem sets to work on in between online training sessions, which can be submitted online via the LMS.

ITS Seminar: Cooperation for Autonomous Cars: Why and How?, Sep 15

Fri, 2017-09-15 22:35
Autonomous cars are being deployed - at least automated functions - but these cars are mainly standalone. Making autonomous cars that are also cooperative is difficult, but arguably this is unavoidable. This talk will briefly present the why, and in more detail, the how, especially the various impacts cooperation has on autonomous car architectures (technical challenge) and the further problems it raises (scientific challenges).

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review, thru Oct 11

Wed, 2017-09-13 23:31
This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to cover the topics identified on the TRAFFIC ENGINEER EXAMINATION CONTENT OUTLINE on the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists website. It provides strategies and techniques needed to manage time and solve exam questions under pressure, and apply required manuals, handbooks and references, such as California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD 2014), Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), Caltrans Traffic Manual, ITE Trip Generation Handbook and ITE Parking Generation Handbook to solve traffic engineering problems.
Throughout the course, practice exam problems and solutions covering all three main areas of traffic engineering-planning, operations, and design-are used. The course is taught by a team of expert practicing traffic engineers. We will be using our an online learning management system (LMS). The LMS allows ongoing online communication with the expert instructors throughout the training. Students will be given problem sets to work on in between online training sessions, which can be submitted online via the LMS.

School of Public Health's State of the School, Sep 19

Mon, 2017-09-11 12:35
Dean Bertozzi invites all SPH affiliates to join him for a presentation of topics relevant to the School.

ITS Seminar: Future of the Interstate Highway System, Sep 8

Fri, 2017-09-08 22:32
The Interstate Highway System (IHS) is a key component of the US transportation system. While it makes up only 1.2 percent of roadway line-miles of the country's public road system, it handles nearly 25 percent of the total vehicle miles traveled (VMT) annually and almost 40 percent of the nation's total truck traffic. The IHS of today, with a network little changed since its inception, serves more traffic than the entire U.S. road network served when the IHS was authorized in 1956. However, what was once a premier system that stood as a symbol and enabler of American growth and economic vigor is showing its age.

The Future Interstate Study is being done pursuant to Section 6021 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015, which calls for the Transportation Research Board to conduct “a study on the actions needed to upgrade and restore the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways to its role as a premier system that meets the growing and shifting demands of the 21st century.” This talk will present updates from the study.

TE-29 California Traffic Engineering License Exam Review, Sep 6-Oct 11

Wed, 2017-09-06 22:34
This twelve-session live-online training course is intended to help transportation engineers prepare for the California Traffic Engineer exam to become a professional Traffic Engineer in California. The course includes a set of sample problems for each session with fully developed solutions to give examinees more opportunity to hone in their test-taking skills. The twelve sessions are designed to cover the topics identified on the TRAFFIC ENGINEER EXAMINATION CONTENT OUTLINE on the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists website. It provides strategies and techniques needed to manage time and solve exam questions under pressure, and apply required manuals, handbooks and references, such as California Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (CA MUTCD 2014), Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), Caltrans Traffic Manual, ITE Trip Generation Handbook and ITE Parking Generation Handbook to solve traffic engineering problems.
Throughout the course, practice exam problems and solutions covering all three main areas of traffic engineering-planning, operations, and design-are used. The course is taught by a team of expert practicing traffic engineers. We will be using our an online learning management system (LMS). The LMS allows ongoing online communication with the expert instructors throughout the training. Students will be given problem sets to work on in between online training sessions, which can be submitted online via the LMS.

Bikeway Facility Design and Safety Improvement, Jun 7-14

Wed, 2017-06-14 22:37
This new, in-depth class on design of facilities for bicycling addresses both legacy facilities and innovative designs that are being developed within many communities at this time. This course will orient participants with fundamentals and details of bikeway design, ranging from application of traditional designs (bike routes, lanes, paths) to innovative facilities that are growing in popularity, such as separated/protected bikeways and special shared treatments. The course will cover a wide range of subjects ranging from user types and preferences, operator characteristics, to detailed design approaches. The course includes numerous examples of legacy and innovative facilities, including examples from European cities that experience extremely high bicycle usage for all ages and abilities.

The course is developed to meet the training needs of persons charged with preliminary planning, development, or design of high-quality bikeway facilities. It will also be valuable for persons responsible for planning bicycle friendly networks, interested in learning how to deliver quality facilities, or desiring tools to remodel existing facilities to better serve user needs.

Multimodal Transportation Operations: Evaluation Methods and Performance Measures, thru Jun 8

Thu, 2017-06-08 23:32
This new online training course provides the fundamentals required to understand, perform, and interpret the results from multimodal operational analysis and performance evaluations. Several of the most commonly used evaluation and analysis methods are presented with real-world examples. The course focuses on how to develop an appropriate set of performance measures to reliably compute the gains in performance to the transportation system (and/or subsystems) attributable to a project, policy, or program of interest. It also covers the data sources and data reliability, analytic (evaluation) methods and their strengths and limitations, and the overall reliability of the analytical results.

In-Place Asphalt Recycling and Stabilization Strategies, Jun 8

Thu, 2017-06-08 23:32
This is a completely-updated and revamped course on in-place asphalt recycling, which will explore in more detail the most common recycling methods, while providing an insightful look on selecting the most appropriate method and stabilization strategy based on a project's and site's specific characteristics. The soil stabilization portion of the course will expand on Caltrans Highway Design Manual Chapter 614 by providing guidelines on the selection of an appropriate stabilization method, design of stabilized subgrade, and construction considerations. This is a must-take course for local pavement managers who are looking for a more cost-effective alternative to traditional pavement rehabilitation or reconstruction.

Bikeway Facility Design and Safety Improvement, Jun 7-14

Wed, 2017-06-07 22:33
This new, in-depth class on design of facilities for bicycling addresses both legacy facilities and innovative designs that are being developed within many communities at this time. This course will orient participants with fundamentals and details of bikeway design, ranging from application of traditional designs (bike routes, lanes, paths) to innovative facilities that are growing in popularity, such as separated/protected bikeways and special shared treatments. The course will cover a wide range of subjects ranging from user types and preferences, operator characteristics, to detailed design approaches. The course includes numerous examples of legacy and innovative facilities, including examples from European cities that experience extremely high bicycle usage for all ages and abilities.

The course is developed to meet the training needs of persons charged with preliminary planning, development, or design of high-quality bikeway facilities. It will also be valuable for persons responsible for planning bicycle friendly networks, interested in learning how to deliver quality facilities, or desiring tools to remodel existing facilities to better serve user needs.

Multimodal Transportation Operations: Evaluation Methods and Performance Measures, thru Jun 8

Tue, 2017-06-06 23:34
This new online training course provides the fundamentals required to understand, perform, and interpret the results from multimodal operational analysis and performance evaluations. Several of the most commonly used evaluation and analysis methods are presented with real-world examples. The course focuses on how to develop an appropriate set of performance measures to reliably compute the gains in performance to the transportation system (and/or subsystems) attributable to a project, policy, or program of interest. It also covers the data sources and data reliability, analytic (evaluation) methods and their strengths and limitations, and the overall reliability of the analytical results.