Renaissance, in partnership with the Transportation Research Board and the Smart Growth Program at the Environmental Protection program, participated in a webinar on December 10th presenting new methods in multimodal transportation planning. The webinar provided an introduction to and overview of key databases, tools and methods to support multimodal transportation planning and sustainable community design.

Responding to the renewed pressures on transportation and planning agencies MAP-21 has created to incorporate performance-driven principles, the webinar provides an applications-oriented introduction to and overview of some key tools and databases that are available to assist in multimodal planning and building sustainable communities.

The webinar begins with an introduction by the EPA to the various resources it provides, beginning with the national Smart Location Database, the Smart Location Calculator, and a Walkability Index developed from the SLD. Renaissance, who helped create the SLD for EPA, has also been a user of the SLD for various project applications, and particularly the accessibility measures in the database. Renaissance will offer an overview not only of the applications drawing upon the SLD, but a broader program of applications of accessibility methods for bike/ped and transit planning, mode choice estimation, and VMT reduction from integrated transportation and land use strategies to mitigate GHG emissions. 

The webinar provided an applications-oriented introduction to and overview of some key tools and databases that are available to assist in multimodal planning and building sustainable communities. 

EPA and Renaissance shared work we have done together in developing the Smart Location Database (SLD). Renaissance, who helped create the SLD for EPA has also been a user for various applications, particularly the accessibility measures in the database.  We presented an overview not only of SLD applications but broader applications of accessibility methods for integrated transportation and land use strategies in state and regional planning. 

A copy of the presentation can be found here

More information on our Multimodal Accessibility Framework presented during the webinar can be found here

 

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