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Multimodal Level-of-Service Analysis TE-36

Course | April 30 – May 1, 2013 every day | 1-4 p.m. |  Online workshop only

Bill Cisco, PE, Senior Associate, PTV America, Inc.; Steve Colman, Principal Planner, Kittleson & Associates

Institute of Transportation Studies

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.

Topics Include
the Level of Service (LOS) concept-- what it means and why do it
research behind the 2010 HCM
cross-modal impacts
intersection vs. street segment Issues
data collection shortcuts & gathering field information
software available
California statutory and General Plan requirements
applications to site impact studies
applications to new development and design standards
relationship to Sustainable Transportation Indicators
TDM/TSM applications and project mitigation
typical schedule and budgetary requirements
developing target LOS and thresholds of significance

What You Will Learn
Students will learn basic level of service concepts for all modes, and how to apply them to: conduct performance and level of service analysis for various types of urban streets with various levels of accommodation for different modes; determine the impacts of system improvements; and analyze operational impacts of possible changes in the allocation of street cross-section to various modes.

Who Should Attend
This class is intended for planners, engineers, technicians, and others who have had minimal prior experience with the applications of the HCM, although some familiarity with the HCM may be helpful. A minimal level of mathematics is required (basic algebra).

Participants will need a basic calculator for a home problem set.


Registration opens January 1. Register by April 29 by calling Dana Oldknow at 510-643-4393, or by emailing Dana Oldknow at, 510-643-4393