Global Climate Change: Public Planning Tools and Techniques

The objective of this work is to develop analysis tools that will allow planners and policy makers in small-to-medium metropolitan areas to evaluate how land use, transportation infrastructure, and policy changes affect travel activity and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. The tools will enable decision makers to evaluate the GHG implications of large-scale land use and transportation infrastructure changes and will improve public communications by enabling web-based land use/transportation/GHG analyses. The tools will be developed using the Olympia, Washington metropolitan area as a case study. Sonoma Technology Inc. (STI) will develop the tools in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), the Washington State Department of Community Trade and Economic Development (CTED), and the Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC). TRPC policy makers will play an active role in tool design and testing to ensure that they meet the goal of supporting policy makers. The tools will be developed so that they can be applied in other U. S. metropolitan areas. The Phase I tool will enable policy makers to make improved land use decisions, will improve the planning capacity of small to medium metropolitan areas, and will serve as a resource to facilitate communication between technical staff and policy makers and between planners and the public at large. The Phase II tool will enable decision makers to better understand the GHG implications of corridor-level infrastructure improvements. With successful use of these tools, planners will more easily be able to take climate change impacts into consideration when considering travel demand management and congestion relief programs.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $149970.00
    • Contract Numbers:

      DTFH61-08-C-00031 Ta

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP)
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Yoder, Supin

    • Performing Organizations:

      Sonoma Technology, Incorporated

      1360 Redwood Way, Suite C
      Petaluma, CA  United States  94954-1169
    • Principal Investigators:

      Hafner, Hilary

    • Start Date: 20080915
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20100331
    • Source Data: RiP Project 20302

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01459704
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-08-C-00031 Ta
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:11PM