APA-CO 2015 Conference, Steamboat Springs
The American Planning Association, Colorado Division (APA-CO) held its annual conference in Steamboat Springs September 30 – October 2, 2015. Planners and other professionals in the planning industry from across the state gathered to share ideas, knowledge and information on noteworthy projects and cutting-edge practices. This year’s conference saw record breaking attendance, and both Jim Charlier and Patrick Picard of Charlier Associates were contributors. Jim moderated a session titled “Emerging Trends in Transportation Planning” and Patrick was one of the three speakers.
No planning discipline is experiencing more rapid change than transportation planning. The session, moderated by Jim, explored three important areas of emerging practice: • use of “big data” to evaluate trends and in local and regional travel behavior, presented by Drew Stiehl (recent graduate of UC Denver) • planning for the issues and opportunities associated with the coming surge in electric vehicles, presented by Carlos Hernandez (Fox, Tuttle, Hernandez Transportation Group) • estimating and forecasting vehicle miles of travel as an alternative to expensive and cumbersome traffic models, presented by Patrick Picard (Charlier Associates) The presentations were short and informative and were followed by a lively discussion on the topics and other emerging trends related to transportation planning. Download the Presentations: