Event Calendar

April 2013 – October 2014

Apr 17 Wed 2013
Disruptive Innovations in Ridesharing Webinar
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Transportation systems in many North American cities are being disrupted by the arrival of a new form of ridesharing: the “smart-phone dispatched shared ride”. Some claim these are unregulated taxis, while others see this as the key to unlocking the empty-seat resource to reduce congestion. Some regulators are fighting back, while others are changing laws to make it easier for the newcomers.

In their landmark paper, Ridesharing in North America: Past, Present, and Future, Susan Shaheen and Nelson Chan explored the history of this energy conserving and congestion reducing transport mode, and envisioned a future that didn’t anticipate arranging private transportation for customers ‘on-demand’ via smart-phone apps.  And yet within two years these ‘instant ride-sourcing’ services such as Uber, SideCar, Lyft, and Hailo are the ones setting an aggressive pace for reform.

Now the content is being updated, and the future re-envisioned in real time.

Read the original Report >>

Join us April 17 as:

  • Report author Susan Shaheen, of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, University of California, Berkeley, describes the background to Ridesharing and provides a provocative analysis of the new trends;
  • Our panel responds to Dr Shaheen’s analysis.  The panel is made up of:
    • Sunil Paul, CEO of SideCar;
    • Timothy Papandreou, Deputy Director, Sustainable Streets Planning, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency;
  • Larry Filler, Regional Director, UrbanTrans North America, moderates a discussion in which speakers will exchange thoughts on this important topic and answer questions from the webinar audience.

This webinar is hosted by the National Center for Transit Research at the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida.

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Oct 22 Tue 2013
2013 AMPO Annual Conference @ Embassy Suites Portland
Oct 22 – October 25, 2013 all-day

HCM Workshop in Conjunction with 2013 AMPO Annual Conference @ Kittelson & Associates
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Attention Transportation Planners! We need your help in developing a Planning and Preliminary Engineering Applications Guide for the Highway Capacity Manual.

Do you need better methods for estimating delay, capacity, speed, and reliability for:

» Long-Range Transportation Plans and Transportation Improvement Programs? » Corridor planning studies? » Travel demand modeling? » Traffic impact analyses and development concurrency review? » Preparing CMAQ grant applications? » Needs assessment/problem identification? » Project prioritization? » Planning for bicycle and pedestrian modes?

Have you tried using or considered using the Highway Capacity Manual but have not found it practical or convenient to use for planning? Would you like a guide to help you more accurately estimate delay, speed, and reliability, and in the process help you use the HCM more efficiently and effectively for your planning analyses?

The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies has listened to planners, who have said they want a planning applications guide to assist them in using the HCM. Through National Cooperative Highway Research Program Project 7-22, this guide is being developed. As an early step, we need your help in identifying those issues most important to transportation planners that impact the use of the HCM. In this ½-day workshop, we will:

» Discuss how agencies and transportation planners currently use the HCM » Identify HCM-related performance measures (1) commonly used in planning applications and (2) necessary for meeting MAP-21 requirements » Identify other areas for which there currently are no planning applications of the HCM or for which guidance is not provided » Discuss a preferred organizational structure for such a guide » Discuss ways in which new HCM-related research (travel time reliability and active traffic demand management, for example) might be incorporated into the guide.

There is no cost for this workshop – all we need is your commitment and participation. We will provide refreshments and lunch.

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Pacific Time

Location: Kittelson & Associates 610 SW Alder Street, Suite 700 Portland, Oregon

(about 6 blocks from the AMPO conference hotel)

To sign up, contact Tom Creasey at or (859) 422-1861. We hope you’ll join us.

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Dec 16 Mon 2013
AMPO Webinar to Highlight 2013 Award Winners
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm


Each year, AMPO honors MPOs that have found ways to advance their organizations by embracing the planning process and shaping their regions. MPOs are selected by a committee and award winners are announced at the AMPO Annual Conference. AMPO is holding two webinars to highlight this year’s award winners. Representatives from Houma-Thibodaux MPO and Thurston Regional Council will present on December 16. Presentations from staff at the Mid America Regional Council will be featured during a webinar on performance measures early next year. These winners represent the great work being done by MPOs across the country. The 2013 categories and winners are listed below.

To register for the webinar, send an email to

Outstanding Overall Achievement for a TMA MPO  – Mid America Regional Council

Transportation Outlook 2040 Annual Performance Measurement Report

In June 2010, the Mid-America Regional Council adopted a new long range plan, Transportation Outlook 2040, to guide future transportation investment within the region. The Plan is centered on advancing a sustainable vision for the Kansas City region through the pursuit of nine overarching goals. To ensure the region was making progress towards these goals, MARC developed a set of detailed performance measures and an annual performance report. This provides the region the opportunity to regularly revisit progress towards goals and provides a critical opportunity to assess and develop more impactful strategies at the technical and policy level. This work was recognized as a national best practice in performance reporting and stakeholder engagement by FHWA, and is regularly referred to as an example of how MPOs might respond to MAP-21 requirements.


Outstanding Overall Achievement for a non-TMA MPO – Houma-Thibodaux MPO

Planning for Safety and Connectivity in the Bayou Region

Despite being one of the smaller MPOs in Louisiana, the Houma-Thibodaux MPO doesn’t limit itself from reaching greater heights. The HTMPO developed a Regional Transportation Safety Plan and Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan that puts them at the forefront of regional planning and grassroots level advocacy.  Their safety plan is being used as a model by all MPOs and regional safety coalitions in Louisiana, and the bike and pedestrian plan is the first comprehensive regional plan in the state. Both efforts have engaged stakeholders from government to law enforcement to business and non-profits. The MPO has already funded and implemented about 45% of the priorities in the plan in less than three years since adoption.


Honorable Mention for Outstanding Overall Achievement for a TMA MPO – Thurston Regional Planning Council

Creating Places – Preserving Spaces: A Sustainable Development Plan for the Thurston Region

Sustainable Thurston has been an unprecedented partnership opportunity to define the actions and responsibilities to achieve the community’s vision. The Plan reflects the breadth and depth of a three year conversation, which successfully engaged record numbers of participants and early actions taken by many partners. The plan is grounded in the best information available, and the exchange of ideas by citizens, policy-makers, business owners, and nonprofit leaders. What sets Sustainable Thurston apart is the excellent information the process and products are based upon and the commitment by partners.

Feb 24 Mon 2014
AMPO Webinar on Performance-Based Planning
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

In anticipation of the forthcoming USDOT MAP-21 rulemakings on performance management, AMPO invites you to participate in a webinar highlighting how two MPOs, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) and the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (CHCNGA-TPO), are currently using performance-based planning. Details are provided below. Come listen to how the efforts of these two MPOs can be adopted elsewhere.

Mid America Regional Council: Transportation Outlook 2040 Annual Performance Measurement Report
MARC adopted Transportation Outlook 2040 to guide future transportation investment within the region. The Plan advances a sustainable vision for the Kansas City region through the pursuit of nine overarching goals. To ensure the region was making progress towards these goals, MARC developed a set of detailed performance measures and an annual performance report. This provides an opportunity to assess and develop more impactful strategies at the technical and policy level. This work was recognized as a national best practice in performance reporting and stakeholder engagement by FHWA, and received AMPO’s Outstanding Overall Achievement award for a TMA MPO at the 2013 AMPO Annual Conference.

Chattanooga 2040 RTP Performance-Framework: Balancing National, Regional and Community Needs
The CHCNGA-TPO created a comprehensive performance-based planning framework to guide development of their 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. The framework allows a balance between stakeholders who advocate a local, community-oriented investment approach and those who advocate a focus on big-ticket investments needed to advance the region’s economic competitiveness. In order to balance these differing perspectives, the MPO organized goals and objectives for the 2040 RTP within a “Community to Region” performance framework that looks at three geographic scales, thus enabling project evaluation to vary across each scale.

Please join the webinar at: http ://webinar6 . adobeconnect . com/r7eyfus5tvi/

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US: 1-720-259-0759
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May 29 Thu 2014
2nd Annual Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium @ Hilton Gulf Front Conference Center
2:00 pm – May 30, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

The purpose of the Transportation Symposium is to provide a forum for leadership in transportation to explore cross-organization collaboration, develop lasting local and regional partnerships, share best practices in transportation, and give innovators a platform to inspire others. The Transportation Symposium will bring together professionals and policy-makers to openly discuss ways in which we can adapt our transportation system to 21st century economic and environmental realities.


Jun 18 Wed 2014
Washington Post’s Health Beyond Health Care Forum @ The Washington Post
8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Washington Post's Health Beyond Health Care Forum @ The Washington Post | Washington | District of Columbia | United States

Join creative minds from around the country and across disciplines – from architects and urban designers to bankers and advertisers – to talk about the most innovative ideas for improving the health of Americans.

Jul 21 Mon 2014
2014 TRB Tools of the Trade Conference @ 2014 TRB Tools of the Trade Conference
Jul 21 – July 23, 2014 all-day

2014 TRB Tools of the Trade Conference

Sponsored by TRB Committee on Transportation Planning in Small and Medium Sized Communities

July 21-23, 2014

Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center

Burlington, Vermont

Join your colleagues in beautiful Burlington, Vermont for 2 ½ days of presentations, interactive sessions, and panel discussions to enhance your transportation planning practice in small and medium sized communities.

Room registration now open at the Sheraton, only at:

Information about the technical program, including schedule and speakers, will be posted at: [then click on the Conference tab]

For information on abstracts contact:


Aug 18 Mon 2014
Blinded by the Light: A Summit and Call to Action to Protect our Night Skies @ Lowell Observatory and the High Country Conference Center
3:30 pm – August 20, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

Registration open:  Flagstaff MPO, City of Flagstaff and Lowell Observatory to host Dark Skies Summit, discuss impacts of LED lighting and other technologies on astronomy, health, and public safety.

Please go to for more information on this important event.  Plan to attend this conference on how to address public safety needs like street lighting while protecting an important resource: Dark Skies. Come to the beautiful mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona from August 18-20, 2014.  The Colorado Plateau region will serve as a case-study for regional coordination, a range of technology applications, and approaches to regulation.

The conference seeks to:

  • Shed light on the value of Dark Skies and existing and emerging tools and technologies supporting those values
    • Address issues over safety, cost, and the ability to satisfy lighting standards
    • Spark demand for improved lighting technologies that meet Dark Sky requirements
    • Learn what others are doing and the challenges and opportunities they face
    • Develop a framework and commitment to collective action across the Southwest, the identification of other regional areas of demand for Dark Skies, and a network of Dark Skies resources to help meet the challenge

Those encouraged to attend include:

  • Local planners, traffic engineers and policy makers
  • Astronomical, ecological and public health communities
  • Outdoor lighting & advertising industries
  • Outdoor recreation & tourism industry
  • Public and tribal land managers
  • Military base operators
  • Commercial real estate developers
  • Oil & gas and mining industries
  • Community leaders and activists

For more information contact Todd Bryan (


Oct 21 Tue 2014
2014 AMPO Annual Conference @ Westin Buckhead Atlanta
Oct 21 – October 24, 2014 all-day