Webinar: Transportation Benefits of Polycentric Urban Form

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 10:00am to 11:00am PST
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OVERVIEW

A “polycentric” region consists of a network of compact developments connected with each other through high-quality transportation options. Rather than continuing the expanse of low-density development radiating from an urban core, investments can be concentrated on central nodes and transit connections. This development pattern is very popular in Europe and is linked to significant benefits. This presentation is aimed at exploring the academic literature and empirical evidence surrounding polycentric development, analyzing more than 120 regional transportation plans to see how they promote polycentric development, defining types of centers in a hierarchy of centers, quantifying the transportation benefits of polycentric development, examining a case study of best practices, and, finally, outlining context-specific strategies for Salt Lake County and the Wasatch Front region.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Regional transportation plans suffer from a lack of consistent indicators to designate centers and guide their developments.
  • On average, households living in centers tend to make fewer and shorter automobile trips, take transit more, walk more, and bike less.
  • Tours (a sequence of trips that begins and ends at home) associated with centers consist of more sustainable commuting modes than ones that are completely outside the centers.
  • The built environment thresholds and relevant tools provided in our...
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NITC Reception at TRB 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:30pm PST

The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) invites you to join us for our annual reception at the 100th Annual TRB Meeting for a night of networking and a bit of fun with fellow transportation wonks.

Typically we'd be spending a cold, snowy evening packed into a D.C. pub seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Undeterred, we would still love to see your faces this year!

Webinar: Land Use and Transportation Policies for a Sustainable Future

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 10:00am to 11:00am PST
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DATE CHANGE: This webinar will no longer be held in December, and has been rescheduled for 2/9/2021. If you were already registered, no action is needed.
 

OVERVIEW

Even though there are tremendous uncertainties in the timing and evolution path of the Autonomous Vehicles (AV) technology, it may become a likely reality within most MPOs' long-range regional transportation plan horizon of twenty years. Yet a recent survey of the largest MPOs in the US indicates only one of them "even mentions driverless, automated, or autonomous vehicles in its most recent RTP". One of the uncertainties in assessing the impacts of AV is their direction: on one hand, self-driving cars could increase VMT by increasing roadway capacity, lowering costs of travel; on the other, they may reduce VMT by enabling more car-sharing, improving access to transit, eliminating the fixed costs of car ownership, and reclaiming parking space. To date, there is no suitable conceptual framework or modeling tools available to MPOs for quantitatively assessing the likely long-term effects of AV or potential policy scenarios.

This project studies the possible impacts on travel and land use of the emerging AV technology and focuses on advancing this innovative mobility option by making sure it serves the greater good of...

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Webinar: Transit Impacts on Jobs, People and Real Estate

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

OVERVIEW

This webinar has six elements:

  1. Introducing themes related to how transit should affect the location of jobs and people, and how real estate should respond;
  2. Creating a research typology of different landscapes served by transit that is also useful in transit planning;
  3. Analyzing how transit stations influence shifts in the regional share of jobs, people and housing;
  4. Investigating how transit station proximity influences mode choice and household transportation budgets;
  5. Estimating the effect of transit station proximity on real estate rents by type of transit system and type of real estate, and the extent to which outcomes are consistent with theory; and
  6. Identifying opportunities for transit station planning to unlock the potential to leverage economic benefits of transit to advance social well-being.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • How transit influences the location of jobs by major land use group to aid in economic development planning.
  • How transit influences the relocation of people and households in ways that will surprise planners, and challenge them to redouble efforts to increase housing opportunities near stations for a much larger range of households than is done presently.
  • How we can use real estate market rent to know if transit station and land use planning has been effective, and what may be needed to improve outcomes....
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Webinar: Rethinking Streets During COVID

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

OVERVIEW

 Re-allocating space on streets to accommodate new uses – particularly for walking, biking, and being – is not new. However, COVID-era needs have accelerated the process that many communities use to make such street transitions.. Many communities quickly understood that the street is actually a public place and a public good that serves broader public needs more urgent than the free flow or the storage of private vehicles. This seminar describes a new case study book that captures some of these quick changes to city streets in response to societal needs during COVID, with two open questions:

  1. what changes will endure post-COVID?; and
  2. will communities be more open to street reconfigurations, including quick and inexpensive trials, going forward?

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • To understand the range of street reconfigurations different cities have undertaken during COVID;
  • To reflect on why the changes happened, happened quickly, and what that means for future local decisions about streets;
  • To think through the role of the street and how to make this vast public resource more responsive and more flexible to short and long-term societal needs.

THE RESEARCH

This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and conducted at the University of Oregon. Read more about...

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