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2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, May 3-5

May 3, 2017 - 11:45pm
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at University of California, Berkeley present the: 2017 California Transportation Planning Conference, Partnering for Sustainable Transportation: Meeting the Challenge Now and Into the Future.

This three-day conference will provide attendees the opportunity to interact with transportation practitioners and decision-makers, exchange ideas and learn about emerging technologies and advancements in transportation planning from national, state, and local experts. The conference will focus on themes around sustainability and how we can partner to meet the challenges facing us now and into the future as required by California legislation and influenced by funding constraints.

Type 2070 Traffic Signal Controller, May 1-2

May 2, 2017 - 11:34pm
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.

Type 2070 Traffic Signal Controller, May 1-2

May 1, 2017 - 11:33pm
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.

Bus Rapid Transit: Planning, Design, and Operations, Apr 18-27

April 27, 2017 - 11:36pm
Bus rapid transit (BRT) is an adaptable, cost-effective mode of public transportation suitable for deployment in both larger and smaller cities worldwide. The optimal BRT functions like light rail transit, but on existing streets as a premium express urban bus transit service. BRT can either supplement or replace existing bus networks, as well as either supplement or substitute for light rail transit services. BRT offers the opportunity to expand urban and regional transit networks for less cost and in less time than rail transit alternatives. Additionally, BRT can serve as a medium-term alternative to rail transit until demand for the more expensive but higher capacity mode is proven. There are many versions of BRT deployment, but best practices include: install bus rapid transit on dedicated bus lanes with traffic signal preemption capabilities at intersections, distinctive vehicles, enhanced bus stop amenities, wider stop spacing than convention urban bus transit, platform-level boarding, and unique branding. BRT corridors need to be evaluated carefully with attention to population and employment density and growth forecasts, right of way availability, ridership and cost compared to transit modal alternatives, and ease or difficulty in implementation. Successful BRT lines and networks build transit mode share by offering a time-competitive alternative to the private motor vehicle.

Bus Rapid Transit: Planning, Design, and Operations, Apr 18-27

April 25, 2017 - 11:38pm
Bus rapid transit (BRT) is an adaptable, cost-effective mode of public transportation suitable for deployment in both larger and smaller cities worldwide. The optimal BRT functions like light rail transit, but on existing streets as a premium express urban bus transit service. BRT can either supplement or replace existing bus networks, as well as either supplement or substitute for light rail transit services. BRT offers the opportunity to expand urban and regional transit networks for less cost and in less time than rail transit alternatives. Additionally, BRT can serve as a medium-term alternative to rail transit until demand for the more expensive but higher capacity mode is proven. There are many versions of BRT deployment, but best practices include: install bus rapid transit on dedicated bus lanes with traffic signal preemption capabilities at intersections, distinctive vehicles, enhanced bus stop amenities, wider stop spacing than convention urban bus transit, platform-level boarding, and unique branding. BRT corridors need to be evaluated carefully with attention to population and employment density and growth forecasts, right of way availability, ridership and cost compared to transit modal alternatives, and ease or difficulty in implementation. Successful BRT lines and networks build transit mode share by offering a time-competitive alternative to the private motor vehicle.

VMT Metrics Application and Analysis for SB 743 Compliance, Apr 25

April 25, 2017 - 11:38pm
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.

Modeling and Analysis of Dynamic Pricing of Ride-Sourcing Services, Apr 21

April 21, 2017 - 10:42pm
Abstract: Ride-sourcing companies such as Uber, Lyft and Didi Chuxing are transforming the way people travel in cities. The services these companies offer have enjoyed huge success but also created many controversies — one of them centered on dynamic (surge) pricing. In this talk, we present an aggregate, equilibrium modeling framework for ride-sourcing markets with a focus on evaluating temporal and spatial effects of dynamic pricing. Our modeling framework features the equilibration of demand and supply, while explicitly capturing the advanced matching technology that a ride-sourcing platform adopts to match customers and drivers. The framework can be tailored to addressing key modeling considerations in different dimensions such as the spatial distribution of vacant vehicles and drivers’ work scheduling behaviors. The tradeoffs in the welfare of different market players under dynamic pricing and possible management policies will be discussed based on the equilibrium outcomes.

Bio: Dr. Yafeng Yin is a Professor at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan. He works in the area of transportation systems analysis and modeling, and has published over 90 refereed papers in leading academic journals.. Dr. Yin is the Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies and serves on the editorial boards for another four transportation journals. He is a member of Transportation Network Modeling Committee and International Cooperation Committee of Transportation Research Board. He is also the Immediate Past President of Chinese Overseas Transportation Association (COTA). Dr. Yin received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2002, his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 1996 and 1994 respectively. Prior to his current appointment at the University of Michigan, he was a faculty member at University of Florida between 2005 and 2016. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher and then assistant research engineer at University of California at Berkeley between 2002 and 2005. Between 1996 and 1999, he was a lecturer at Tsinghua University.

Bus Rapid Transit: Planning, Design, and Operations, Apr 18-27

April 20, 2017 - 11:38pm
Bus rapid transit (BRT) is an adaptable, cost-effective mode of public transportation suitable for deployment in both larger and smaller cities worldwide. The optimal BRT functions like light rail transit, but on existing streets as a premium express urban bus transit service. BRT can either supplement or replace existing bus networks, as well as either supplement or substitute for light rail transit services. BRT offers the opportunity to expand urban and regional transit networks for less cost and in less time than rail transit alternatives. Additionally, BRT can serve as a medium-term alternative to rail transit until demand for the more expensive but higher capacity mode is proven. There are many versions of BRT deployment, but best practices include: install bus rapid transit on dedicated bus lanes with traffic signal preemption capabilities at intersections, distinctive vehicles, enhanced bus stop amenities, wider stop spacing than convention urban bus transit, platform-level boarding, and unique branding. BRT corridors need to be evaluated carefully with attention to population and employment density and growth forecasts, right of way availability, ridership and cost compared to transit modal alternatives, and ease or difficulty in implementation. Successful BRT lines and networks build transit mode share by offering a time-competitive alternative to the private motor vehicle.

Traffic Signal Operations: Fundamental Concepts, Apr 19

April 19, 2017 - 11:38pm
This course covers the basic concepts and practical applications and operations of traffic signal timing systems for isolated and coordinated intersections. The course engages students through hands-on exercises and real-world examples of signal timing and operations. Some class exercises and demonstrations are taught in a computer lab. A basic knowledge of EXCEL is needed to complete the exercises. NOTE: This is an introductory course in a series of courses on traffic signal operations offered by the Technology Transfer Program. It is strongly recommended that students complete this course before taking either Traffic Signal Operations: Advanced Applications (TE-10) or SYNCHRO and SimTraffic (TE-13). It is also helpful for students to complete this course before taking Type 170 Traffic Signal Controller (TE-08) or Type 2070 Traffic Signal Controller (TE-09).

Bus Rapid Transit: Planning, Design, and Operations, Apr 18-27

April 18, 2017 - 10:39pm
Bus rapid transit (BRT) is an adaptable, cost-effective mode of public transportation suitable for deployment in both larger and smaller cities worldwide. The optimal BRT functions like light rail transit, but on existing streets as a premium express urban bus transit service. BRT can either supplement or replace existing bus networks, as well as either supplement or substitute for light rail transit services. BRT offers the opportunity to expand urban and regional transit networks for less cost and in less time than rail transit alternatives. Additionally, BRT can serve as a medium-term alternative to rail transit until demand for the more expensive but higher capacity mode is proven. There are many versions of BRT deployment, but best practices include: install bus rapid transit on dedicated bus lanes with traffic signal preemption capabilities at intersections, distinctive vehicles, enhanced bus stop amenities, wider stop spacing than convention urban bus transit, platform-level boarding, and unique branding. BRT corridors need to be evaluated carefully with attention to population and employment density and growth forecasts, right of way availability, ridership and cost compared to transit modal alternatives, and ease or difficulty in implementation. Successful BRT lines and networks build transit mode share by offering a time-competitive alternative to the private motor vehicle.

Funding and Programming Transportation Projects in California, Apr 12-13

April 13, 2017 - 11:34pm
Funding state and local transportation projects in California is a complex process involving multiple inter-related federal, state, regional, and local planning and operating agencies, as well as an alphabet soup of documents and funding programs. Changing requirements and shifting political priorities can further complicate the process. Without a map and a strategy for developing fundable projects, public agencies and local governments risk losing funding opportunities. This course explains how the process works on the ground and provides planners, project managers, and grant managers with guidelines for thinking strategically as they develop fiscal plans, programs, and project descriptions.

Writing Specific Aims, Apr 13

April 13, 2017 - 11:34pm
This workshop will show you how to write succinct yet powerful specific aims for your research proposal. Your specific aims are the scaffold that holds your entire proposal together, and they can either grab a reviewer's attention or lose their interest completely. In this workshop, we will describe how to frame your specific aims to best support your research proposal.

Funding and Programming Transportation Projects in California, Apr 12-13

April 12, 2017 - 10:37pm
Funding state and local transportation projects in California is a complex process involving multiple inter-related federal, state, regional, and local planning and operating agencies, as well as an alphabet soup of documents and funding programs. Changing requirements and shifting political priorities can further complicate the process. Without a map and a strategy for developing fundable projects, public agencies and local governments risk losing funding opportunities. This course explains how the process works on the ground and provides planners, project managers, and grant managers with guidelines for thinking strategically as they develop fiscal plans, programs, and project descriptions.

EndNote Essentials:, Apr 11

April 11, 2017 - 11:37pm
EndNote is a citation management program that helps you organize the citations you find when doing research. It also lets you quickly insert these citations into your paper or report, converts them into any of thousands of different styles with a click or two, and creates a bibliography for you, saving hours of time when writing papers.

Bring your own laptop since you will practice some of the basic features in EndNote in this class. This training will include some hands-on learning.

During this workshop, we will cover the following topics:

* Adding references to EndNote from PubMed, Web of Science, and other databases
* Organizing your references into groups or folders
* Using EndNote with Microsoft Word to instantly add references to your document in any of 1000s of citations styles

Prior knowledge: Basic knowledge of your computer and Microsoft Word is required, but no prior experience with EndNote will be needed.

Technology requirement: Please bring your own laptop. Be sure that it has Microsoft Word loaded. You will also need to download the free trial version of EndNote (available at endnote.com) before class unless you already have this program.

Commercial Development Site Design and Traffic Impact Analysis, Apr 6-7

April 7, 2017 - 11:35pm
This new online course is about examining the key components that result in effective internal circulation for commercial land development projects. The course will also focus on why earlier designs have failed to provide good circulation and the resulting impacts on the tenants of shopping centers and business parks. It will discuss the problem of designing commercial development projects for safe access and minimizing traffic impacts on the neighboring roads. It will also discuss the preparation of traffic impact studies for new development projects to make sure impacts are properly addressed and cases studies of projects where studies failed to do so.

Airport Capacity Prediction Using Machine Learning and its Applications, Apr 7

April 7, 2017 - 11:35pm
Abstract: Air traffic managers and flight operators are faced with challenging decisions due to the uncertainty in capacity stemming from variability in weather, demand and human factors. Accurate airport capacity predictions are necessary to develop efficient decision-support tools for air traffic control and for planning effective traffic management initiatives. Capacity of an airport can be observed only at sufficiently large demand. However, if the throughput of an airport is limited by the demand, we can only conclude that the capacity is larger than or equal to the observed throughput. This inability to directly observe capacity makes capacity prediction a challenging and less explored problem.

This work applies machine-learning methods that incorporate observations censored by insufficient demand to develop an airport capacity prediction model. The model predicts a capacity distribution rather than a single capacity value for an hour of interest at an airport using its weather and scheduled demand data. We also discuss validation measures that account for the presence of censored observations. This work explores an important application of the estimated model: to develop capacity-based distance metric between two days using their predicted hourly capacity distributions. For a given reference day, the capacity-based distance can be used to identify similar historical days. The traffic management initiatives taken on past similar days and their resulting outcomes can augment controller experience to guide decision-making on the reference day at an airport.

Bio: Sreeta Gorripaty is a doctoral candidate in the Transportation Engineering program at UC Berkeley. Sreeta received her MS in Transportation Engineering at UC Berkeley and did her undergraduate in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay. Her research focuses on applying machine learning and statistical methods to improve air traffic management and airport planning. Sreeta received the Graduate Research Award from Airport Cooperative Research Program in 2015 and also won Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Legacy Scholarship in 2015.

Commercial Development Site Design and Traffic Impact Analysis, Apr 6-7

April 6, 2017 - 11:34pm
This new online course is about examining the key components that result in effective internal circulation for commercial land development projects. The course will also focus on why earlier designs have failed to provide good circulation and the resulting impacts on the tenants of shopping centers and business parks. It will discuss the problem of designing commercial development projects for safe access and minimizing traffic impacts on the neighboring roads. It will also discuss the preparation of traffic impact studies for new development projects to make sure impacts are properly addressed and cases studies of projects where studies failed to do so.

ERG Colloquium: Nate Aden, Apr 5

April 5, 2017 - 11:33pm
As the primary means for growth and development over the past two centuries, industry has played a central role in generating our current Anthropocene. The increasing impacts of climate change bring the industrial sector to the fore as the largest emitter of greenhouse gases and as a potential manufacturer of transformational technologies and infrastructure. The U.S. industrial sector is emblematic of the deindustrializing strain of recent transformation: CO2 emissions dropped by 20% between 2000 and 2015, while the sector shed 5 million jobs and increased real value added by 14%. In this colloquium, Nate Aden presents his research on the drivers and components of U.S. industrial sector emissions mitigation. Beyond the U.S., the second focus is on the varied role of the industrial sector in the growing country-level decoupling of GDP and carbon emissions that has occurred since 2000. The resulting wrenching economic and social transitions, including employment churn and income redistribution, have sowed the conditions for populism—the final portion of the colloquium explores policy options for addressing the outcomes of industrial transformation.

Nate Aden has published on energy and climate for more than ten years. In addition to researching his Ph.D. with the Energy and Resources Group, Nate is also a Senior Fellow with the World Resources Institute. Prior to joining WRI, Nate conducted energy efficiency research with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Over five years with LBL, Nate’s projects were focused on energy efficiency policy, assessment of Chinese urban form energy use and emissions, Chinese energy data, China energy and climate scenario analysis, the coal sector, and the steel sector. Prior to LBL, Nate lived in Shanghai for 2 years, where he worked for the U.S. Consulate.