2018 National Planning Conference

To the Next Level (of Service)

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. CDT

Location: 206

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188229


  • How to evaluate the land-use and transportation consequences of measuring roadway performance based solely on automobile delay
  • How to assess the benefit of multimodal alternatives to the traditional auto-oriented level-of-service methodology, using examples of real-world implementation
  • How to collaborate with peers in the transportation-planning industry to forge a new multimodal level-of-service paradigm


For over half a century, planners, policymakers, and developers in the United States have relied on an automobile-oriented level of service metric to measure the efficiency of roadway networks. In recent years, though, the transportation community has come to realize that privileging the free flow of vehicles at the expense of other road users inhibits the achievement of other local priorities, such as a diverse mix of land uses, reduction in carbon emissions, encouragement of active transportation modes, roadway safety, and public-realm enhancements. This panel convenes transportation-planning experts from the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors who are leading the charge toward a new methodology of roadway evaluation. Drawing from their diversity of experiences, panelists will share their unique perspectives on innovations in roadway-performance evaluation, highlighting the different paths they each have taken in pursuit of forward-looking systems. Learn about a holistic destination-based metric, multimodal performance measurement, and a citywide multimodal transportation concurrency system.

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Session Speakers

Harrison Peck, AICP
Brooklyn, NY

Patrick Lynch
Transpo Group
Kirkland, WA

Michelle DeRobertis
Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities
Oakland, CA

Chris Ganson
California Governor's Office of Planning and Research
Sacramento, CA

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