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Southwest Section Event: Transportation Engineering for Planners

November 16, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm


Planners and Transportation Engineers work together to plan, design, construct and operate transportation systems. These systems include streets, intersections, highways and transit systems. Many of these facilities are now being planned and built to accommodate many modes of transportation including vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles.

Transportation engineering has traditionally been a sub-discipline of civil engineering. However, transportation planners and engineers that practice in the field have a wide range of experience and academic backgrounds that enhance today’s transportation systems. The purpose of this professional development workshop is to provide planners that practice or have interests in transportation a basic understanding of the principals and theories that transportation engineering uses to plan, design and operate transportation facilities. More information >>

Approved for 5.5 CM 

The workshop covers the basics of the three major areas that transportation engineering is built on these include:

  • The planning process used to identify transportation demand and its relationship to long range planning
  • The principals used to design streets, freeways and intersections for all modes of travel
  • The methods of traffic control and operations used for roadways and intersections to accommodate safety and efficiency

The basic principles of each subject will be covered along with an exercise illustrating how the principals are applied.

Registration 8:30 AM

The Program 9 AM – 3 PM

  • 9:00-9:15 – Welcome and Review of the Program – Breen Masciotra, AICP TOD Manager Planning + Evaluation Department Port Authority of Allegheny County, Dr. Mark Magalotti P.E. Professor of Practice Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, and Katharine Kelleman, Chief Executive Officer of the Port Authority of Allegheny County.
  • 9:15 – 10:30 Transportation Planning – Studies and Models
    • Introduction to Transportation Planning Principals
    • Types of Transportation Planning Studies
    • Transportation Planning Models
    • Planning for Bicycles, Pedestrians and Parking
  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:00 Highway Design – Principals and Standards
    • Characteristics of the Driver, Pedestrians, Bicycles, Vehicles and the Road
    • Fundamental Principals of Traffic Flow
    • Intersection Design Principals and Standards
    • Roadway Design Principals and Standards
    • Speaker and Lunch – Andy Waple with SPC will speak on the Long-Range Plan and discuss the TIP, including how it works and how to get projects on the TIP.
  • 1:00 – 2:30 Operating Intersections and Roadways – Control Principals for Safety and Capacity
    • Intersection Control Methods and Standards
    • Capacity and Level of Service
    • Safety Planning
  • 2:30-3:00 Graduate Studies in Transportation Engineering University of Pittsburgh


November 16, 2018
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Heinz 57 Center, Fifth Floor
345 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States


PA Chapter of APA and Southwest Section