Emerging Methods for Evaluating Transportation Systems

On behalf of Kittelson & Associates, Inc. in Oakland, we are pleased to invite you to attend our next Transportation Education Series (TES) workshop. These interactive workshops focus on a wide range of topics and are intended to promote professional development and advancements in transportation engineering and planning. The sessions also provide a unique forum for transportation professionals from a wide range of public agencies to share their ideas, best practices, and challenges. Participants earn credits that can be applied to continuing education requirements. We have an exciting program planned for November 8. After the program, please feel free to join us at our Open House, located in the same building in Suite 900, to see our new offices, mingle, eat, and drink.

About the Workshop

Many local and regional agencies are considering adjusting priorities for their transportation systems to address safety and consideration for the quality of service for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit passengers, and motorists. The groundswell of demand for analysis tools that address safety and access for all roadway users come from community demands for more livable streets, Complete Streets legislative mandates, and constrained transportation and fiscal environments. This workshop, offered free of charge, will present various applications of the Highway Safety Manual and the Multimodal Level of Service Methodology, as detailed in the Urban Streets chapter of the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual. Presenters will demonstrate how these new tools can be used effectively to address community priorities for more livable and complete streets.

The 1st Edition of AASHTO’s Highway Safety Manual provides engineers and planners with tools to conduct quantitative safety analyses. The ability to quantify the effects of safety improvements is valuable for transportation professionals looking to fund and prioritize projects. The information in the Highway Safety Manual is especially useful as transportation professionals work to improve livability and enhance local communities.

Multimodal LOSis a new methodology incorporated into the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual that analyzes how well an urban street roadway serves pedestrians, bicyclists, transit passengers, and motorists. It can assist the public and decision-makers with balancing quality of service trade-offs between different modes of travel. MMLOS is a key component for quantitative analysis of Complete Streets and an important element for the establishment of local transportation priorities.

The workshop will highlight a variety of transportation projects that have benefitted from Highway Safety Manual and the Multimodal LOS analyses. Local and national case studies will be presented that demonstrate the ability of these procedures to address community and local agency priorities for a more holistic transportation system.

Session attendees can expect to learn about local and national applications of the Highway Safety Manual and Multimodal LOS to:

This Transportation Education Series workshop will start promptly at 3:00 and will run until 4:30 PM on Thursday, November 8th. There is no cost to attend this session and the workshop is equal to 1.5 professional Development Hours (PDH). Light refreshments will be provided during the TES. Kittelson & Associates’ Open House will take place immediate following the program in Suite 900 of the same building.

We look forward to seeing you there!

About the Speakers

Mark Bowman, Senior Principal Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Oakland, CA

Mr. Bowman is a licensed Civil and Traffic Engineer with over 35 years of experience in traffic operations and transportation planning. He has a thorough working knowledge of traffic and design practices in California and other states. He has prepared the transportation sections of numerous Environmental Impact Reports. Mr. Bowman has expertise in freeway operations, traffic simulation, intelligent transportation systems, traffic signal systems, traffic operations, traffic calming, pedestrian and bicycle systems, downtown traffic planning, parking, mass transit, airport operations, construction traffic control, signing and pavement delineation, and traffic safety. He is a Pedestrian Safety Assessment evaluator and has served as a Synchro/SimTraffic instructor for the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies and has municipal traffic engineering experience as traffic operations engineer for the City of Boulder, Colorado.

Kamala Parks, Senior Planner, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Oakland, CA

Ms. Parks was involved in the NCHRP research that led to the development of the Multimodal Level of Service for Urban Streets methodology that was incorporated into the 2010 Highway Capacity Manual and was one of the first practitioners to apply the methodology to projects. She has presented the Multimodal LOS methodology to local, statewide, and national audiences. She specializes in pedestrian and bicycle planning, multimodal transportation planning and analysis, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance, streetscape projects, transportation demand management (TDM) programs, collision analysis, school access, and circulation elements of EIRs. She is currently the Immediate Past President of the San Francisco Bay Area Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

Aaron Elias, Engineering Associate, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Oakland, CA

Mr. Elias has extensive knowledge of the Multimodal Level of Service for Urban Streets methodology developed through applications on various projects and development of the CompleteStreetsLOS software to implement the methodology. Applications of the methodology include various topics from multimodal additions to general plan updates to analyses of multimodal impacts of road diets and new developments. In addition, he has presented on the Multimodal LOS methodology many times to local agencies, such as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Caltrans, and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and nationally as part of ITE’s Highway Capacity Manual 2010 Webinar Series.

Erin Ferguson Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc., Portland, OR

Ms. Ferguson has influenced the integration of safety into transportation planning and engineering on both a local and national scale. She was one of the authors of AASHTO’s Highway Safety Manual (HSM) and continues her involvement in national safety research as a member of TRB’s Highway Safety Performance Committee and Safety Data, Analysis, and Evaluation Committee. She has taught HSM applications to engineers, planners and analysts across the US including courses in Arizona, California, Oregon, Maryland, Florida, Alaska and Utah. She routinely works with agencies of all sizes to identify opportunities to integrate the HSM and other safety analysis into their projects, programs, and activities. In addition to the safety applications and research, she brings seven years of experience in transportation planning and preliminary design.

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