Transformational Technologies: Considerations for Land Use and Transportation Planning

Rick Dowling and Karla Kingsley, the Principal Investigator and Senior Planner for National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 08-117, Impact of Transformational Technologies on Land Use and Transportation, will lead this highly interactive Transportation Education Series presentation.

This presentation will provide some initial findings regarding the following questions:

ï‚´ What are transformational technologies?
ï‚´ Why should we plan for them?
ï‚´ How fast are they coming?
ï‚´ What do we know about their likely impacts?
ï‚´ What do I need to look at today? What can wait?
ï‚´ How do I monitor the impacts?
ï‚´ Who do I involve? Who do I partner with?
ï‚´ How best to get the information out to agencies?

The second part of the presentation will be a focus group discussion with the attendees on the following set of questions:

  1. We are in the process of preparing a guide for decision makers on “Considerations of Transformational Technologies in Land Use and Transportation Planning”.  What are the top priority needs of agency decision makers in such a guide?  How do these needs vary at the local, metro, and state planning levels?
  2. What would you like to see in such a national guide?  
  3. What do you see as the key planning issues posed by evolving transformational technologies?
  4. Transformational technologies are rapidly evolving, what can a printed guide offer to decision makers?  Would a web based document be superior?
  5. Would a mini-encyclopedia on the characteristics of new technologies be useful (e.g. current status of technology, trends and obstacles, potential land development and travel demand impacts, policy and planning challenges)
  6. Do planners and decision-makers need references for more info on new tech?

3:00 to 3:15PM - Check-in
3:15 to 5:30PM - Presentation, Focus Group Discussion, and Halloween appetizers and beverages

The event will be held at the Kittelson office, located at 851 SW 6th Ave, Ste 600, Portland, OR.

There is no cost to attend, but seats will be limited. Please RSVP if you plan on attending. For any questions, contact Norma Jensen at or (503) 535-7451.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Richard Dowling, PhD, PE, Senior Principal Engineer
Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Rick has over 30 years of experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering operations, research and education as a municipal employee and as a consultant.

He led the development of a new tool for predicting the short-term and long-term land use and air quality impacts of transportation improvement projects for NCHRP 25-21 that used the Portland Tour Based Model to develop elasticities for predicting the effects of travel time savings on travel demand. His recent experience includes developing microsimulation analysis (AMS) plans to evaluate the mobility effects of connected vehicles for the Federal Highway Administration’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Programs in Columbus, Tampa, New York City, and Wyoming.

He is currently leading the NCHRP 08-117 project, Impact of Transformational Technologies on Land Use and Transportation. This project will develop a guidebook to help DOT and other transportation-system decisionmakers assess the likely impact of transformational technologies on future activity centers, land use, and travel demand.

Karla Kingsley, Senior Planner
Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Karla has extensive experience in bicycle and pedestrian planning, multimodal traffic operations, bicycle and pedestrian facility design, multimodal performance measurement, GIS analysis, conceptual facility design, long-range planning, and public involvement. She has contributed to multiple national guidance documents related to bicycle and pedestrian planning and design. These documents include the FHWA Separated Bicycle Lanes Planning and Design Guide, the FHWA Guidebook for Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measurement, and the NCHRP Report 803: ActiveTrans Priority Tool. Her approach to planning and designing multimodal systems is driven by the unique context, opportunities, and goals of the urban, suburban, and rural communities in which she works. She relies on data-driven analyses to inform planning and decision making: assessing existing facility data, crash history and risk, land use characteristics, population, and employment data. In addition, Karla gathers input from the community and stakeholders through focused, productive meetings and online engagement tools.