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ITS Transportation Seminar, Apr 18

1 hour 13 min ago
Incorporating network configurations in bridge management problems is computationally difficult. Because of the interdependencies among bridges in a network, they have to be analyzed together. Simulation-based numerical optimization techniques adopted in past research are limited to networks of moderate sizes. In this research, a simple framework is developed to determine optimal maintenance plans for large networks with many bridges. The objective is to minimize disruption, specifically, the extra travel distance caused by potential bridge failures over a planning horizon and under a budget constraint. It is conjectured and then verified that the expected increase in vehicle-miles travelled due to failures can be approximated by the sum of expected increases due to individual failures. This allows the network-level problem to be decomposed into single-bridge problems and tackled efficiently. The computational effort increases linearly with the number of bridges.

Climate Change and Health IdeaLab Meeting: Climate Adaptation!, Apr 21

1 hour 13 min ago
Climate Adaptation: What is it? What does ‘adaptation' mean in different sectors? Why should you care about it? At lunch this Monday, we will address these questions, as well as host a brief discussion of the recently released IPCC report from Working Group II, all about climate impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, featuring IPCC contributing author and CHIL founder, Zoe Chafe!

Lunch will be provided, please RSVP to secure your spot

More about CHIL: The Climate Change and Health IdeaLab provides a forum for interested students, faculty, staff, and community members to discuss and collaborate at the intersections of climate change and public health: this includes mitigation and adaptation decisions, policy options, equity concerns, health-related approaches to climate change studies, climate-related approaches to health studies, and more

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Type 2070 Traffic Signal Controller, Apr 23-24

1 hour 13 min ago
Many California cities have started using the Type 2070 Advanced Traffic Controller (2070 ATC), which is also used for advanced transportation system applications. This hands-on course provides working knowledge about the capabilities, uses, and operations of the Type 2070 controller, as well as how to program signal timing plans into the controller. The course covers all key topics ranging from controller hardware, module options, diagnostic tools, field applications of the 2070 ATC, implementation issues, to how to upgrade from Type 170 or NEMA controllers. The course combines lectures with classroom exercises, case-studies, and hands-on controller labs.

Effective Transportation Planning Practice, Apr 24-25

1 hour 13 min ago
This two-day course provides knowledge and skills on how to successfully design and implement transportation planning processes in California. Two perspectives are provided: 1)the essentials of good transportation planning, including goal setting, generating and evaluating alternatives, public participation and plan writing; and 2) practice-based insights on making California's regulations, finance and implementation processes work. Particular attention is given to methods of working with decision makers and the public to craft effective plans. Case studies and hands-on exercises provide opportunities for engagement. The course addresses a variety of regional and sub-regional transportation planning tasks, including Regional Transportation Plans, transit policy, and project planning and implementation.

High-Speed Rail's Secondary Impacts, Apr 28

1 hour 13 min ago
Discussion of California's proposed high-speed rail line from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

High Speed Rail's Secondary Impacts:, Apr 28

1 hour 13 min ago
California's High Speed rail program is the most ambitious public works project in state history. California High-Speed Rail Authority Board member and University of California-Davis professor, Richard Frank, talks about the project, and how a high-speed rail system, if implemented wisely, can serve as a key element of a sustainable future for California, to the long term benefit of its residents and environment.

Geometric Design for California, May 6-8

1 hour 13 min ago
This 3-day course covers the principles and best practices of roadway geometric design for various functional classes of roadways, including local streets, arterials and freeways, intersections and interchanges. This course focuses on practical, real world applications of geometric design methods. Developed with professionals in California in mind, the course will use design standards and guidelines in the Caltrans Highway Design Manual, the AASHTO "Greenbook," and other materials as appropriate. In addition to the geometric design focus, this course also addresses topics related to successful design and re-design practices in California, including stage construction, traffic handling, value analysis, context sensitive approach, owners to designers, etc. This fast-paced, hands-on course combines presentations, case-study examples, problem-solving and class exercises, with ample opportunity for networking and questions.

Managing Transportation and Land Use Interactions, May 13-14

1 hour 13 min ago
The transportation system influences the development of local land use patterns. Local land use decisions shape the demand for transportation services and improvements. Managing this interaction to achieve multiple goals is one of the more difficult problems for planners and engineers.

This course covers how to create successful plans and projects, and when to make congestion improvements, including how to identify key feedback relations in your community; how to develop alternatives that balance competing goals and increase choice; and how to communicate the interactive nature of transportation and land use investments to decision-makers.

Type 170 Traffic Signal Controller, May 21-22

1 hour 13 min ago
The Type 170 traffic signal controller is widely used in California. This hands-on course covers all key topics needed to understand the capabilities and uses of the 170 controller, including hardware and software, communication protocols, how to program signal timing plans into the controller, and how to maintain the equipment and trouble-shoot problems. Students will engage in numerous hands-on exercises in a combined controller and computer lab.

NOTE: The companion course, Traffic Signal Equipment: Basics of the Type 2070 Controller (TE-09), requires a separate registration.

Traffic Signal Design, Jun 3-4

1 hour 13 min ago
This course covers basic concepts, standards, and practices related to the design and installation of traffic signals, including those described in the "Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices" (MUTCD), "The Caltrans Traffic Manual," and "The Caltrans Signal and Lighting Design Guide." The course includes lectures, sample problems, and exercise projects in which students prepare complete traffic signal plans (e.g., phase diagram, pole and equipment schedule, and conductor schedule) for typical as well as more complex intersections.

Complete Streets Planning and Design, Jun 10-11

1 hour 13 min ago
Complete Streets are planned, designed, operated, and maintained to provide safe and comfortable travel for all users of all ages. Complete Streets provide for all modes of transportation, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit vehicles, and motorists, as well as allow for emergency response, road maintenance, and goods movement. This course covers the planning and design of Complete Streets, including the history of Complete Streets; the policy environment for Complete Streets, particularly in the California legislative environment; how to integrate Complete Streets with the urban planning process; and how to design streets, intersections, crossings, and interchanges consistent with the Complete Streets approach.

Multimodal Level-of-Service Analysis, Jun 18-19

1 hour 13 min ago
Recent legislation, as well as public sentiment, has made it imperative that transportation professionals better understand how to analyze complete streets that serve all users. This new online course provides the basics and practical applications of analysis procedures for determining level of service for pedestrians, bicyclists, bus transit users, and auto users. It emphasizes the methods that have been developed in the recently released Highway Capacity Manual update (HCM 2010), although other methods will be discussed. This course focuses on urban/suburban streets (non-freeways). Applications of analyses include improving transportation impact studies, environmental impact reports and project mitigation, new development design standards, and setting level of significance guidelines as part of the CEQA review process. Attendees will also become familiar with:

- cross-modal impacts (when capacity or physical characteristics of one mode are changed and thereby affect another mode using the street)
- labor saving shortcuts for data collection (because the methodology can be very "data hungry")

This course is a combination of instructor presentations and a brief overnight homework exercise to apply the techniques in the real-world. The material complements TE-05 (Traffic Operations and Highway Capacity Analysis) and students are encouraged to take both classes, although each can be taken as a stand-alone class.

Bicycle Transportation: Bicycle Path Planning and Design, Jun 24-26

1 hour 13 min ago
The third in a series on the planning and design of both on-road and off-road bicycle facilities, this course will focus on the fundamental background knowledge necessary to design and implement off-street shared-use bicycle paths. Case studies will be presented. Sample spatial design problems, use conflicts, and alternative solutions will be illustrated. Federal and State laws and policies affecting pathway design will be reviewed including: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities; the California Highway Design Manual Chapter 1000; and the American With Disabilities Act (ADA), including new Department of Justice rulings on the use of power-driven mobility devices.