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Vehicle Miles Traveled As a Measure of Sustainability

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This webinar was led by the ITE Planning Council and Sustainability Standing Committee.

Webinar Description:
For most of the last century, transportation planning has prioritized improvements for automobile travel such as paving and expanding roads, increasing roadway design speeds, providing abundant vehicle parking, and more – making driving cheaper, comfortable, and convenient. However, a new paradigm is changing how we define transportation problems and analyze potential solutions. The old paradigm was mobility-oriented, and measured transportation system impacts based on how projects affected drivers. It assumed that the planning goal was to maximize vehicle travel and evaluate transportation system performance using indicators, such as - roadway level-of-service (LOS), average traffic speed, and the Travel Time Index (TTI). The new paradigm is accessibility-oriented and measures transportation impacts associated with driving. It recognizes that the ultimate goal of most transportation is efficient access to services and activities and that many factors can affect accessibility, including autos and non-auto modes, transportation network connectivity, plus land use factors such as development density and mix.

This webinar explores the reasons for this change, the analytical tools developed to analyze and mitigate VMT, and a review of California’s SB 743 initiative, one of the first and most aggressive efforts to reduce VMT to create a more sustainable future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain vehicle miles traveled (VMT ) as a performance measure
  • Describe ways VMT is being used as a performance measure for various transportation planning applications.
  • Learn about California's SB 743 (the level of service to VMT transition for California environmental studies)
  • Recall two years of SB 743's implementation, including lawsuits, guidelines, and best practices
  • Discuss VMT mitigation has been achieved through transportation planning and engineering practices in California and elsewhere.

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  • Todd Litman, Founder and Executive Director, Victoria Transportation Policy Institute | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    His presentation will explore why and how to implement VMT reduction targets. Todd Litman is the founder and Executive Director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.

  • Ron Milam, AICP, Principal | Fehr & Peers | Sacramento, California, United States

    The presenter brings experience in the development and application of VMT impact analysis and mitigation considering technical and legal factors and shares "California’s Experience With VMT Mitigation and Applicability to Other Regions" Ronald T. Milam, AICP, PTP, is the director of evolving the status quo at Fehr & Peers and co-leads the company’s Research and Development. He is actively involved in various project work and teaches transportation planning and SB 743 courses for UC Berkeley Tech Transfer and UC Davis Extension. A unique part of Ron’s experience is thinking long-term and helping clients understand the future outcomes of their decisions. His recent work has focused on disruptive trends and new metrics to help inform challenging transportation policy and technical questions.

  • Dan Hardy, P.E., Principal | Renaissance Planning Group | Arlington, Virginia, United States

    The presenter will share his perspective on "VMT - where have we gotten so far (or not so far)"? Dan Hardy, PE, PTP, is a Principal with Renaissance Planning in Arlington, VA. He has over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors developing transportation solutions that balance transportation and land use options to optimize multimodal travel demand and transportation network services in congested communities. Dan is a former chair of ITE’s Transportation Planning Council and co-author of ITE’s Recommended Practices on Transportation Impact Analyses for Site Development and Planning Urban Roadway Systems.

  • Krista Purser, P.E., VMT as a Metric of Sustainability - ITE Report | Kittelson | Portland, Oregon, United States

    Krista Purser, PE, is a transportation professional with experience in traffic design, local and corridor planning, traffic operations, transit, roundabout implementation, bike share site analysis, and research. Her focused expertise in transit planning and operations ranges from rural transit system planning, service implementation and operations, Title VI policy updates and major service change evaluations, and statewide transit evaluations. Krista is involved with the Transportation Research Board’s Rural, Intercity, and Special Transportation Committee, serves as vice-chair of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE’s) Sustainability Standing Committee, and the Communications Chair of the Oregon ITE section.

  • Erik Ruehr, P.E., Director of Traffic Engineering | VRPA Technologies | San Diego, California, United States

    SB 743: The First Two Years of California’s Vehicle Miles Traveled Initiative Erik Ruehr, PE, PTOE, is the Director of Traffic Engineering in the San Diego office of VRPA Technologies. He is chair of the ITE California SB 743 Task Force, a joint task force of the seven ITE Sections in California. He also led the San Diego Section’s Transportation Capacity and Mobility Task Force, responsible for preparing the 2019 update of the San Diego Regional Transportation Impact Study Guidelines to incorporate SB 743.

April 7, 2022
Thu 3:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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