California Department of Transportation

Planning Horizons



The Workforce Development Branch coordinates an educational forum every other month (as well as adding occasional special sessions) called Planning Horizons. Speakers for this forum are selected from both within Caltrans and the Planning community.

If you would like to submit a comment, make a suggestion for future topics, or would like your name added to the mailing list for future Planning Horizons notices, please contact Diane Falls.


Session time is 10:00 – 11:30, unless otherwise stated.

2016 Planning Horizons

2015 Planning Horizons

Library of Past Planning Horizons Archived Sessions





February 20, 2019 TBD TBD
January 30, 2019 Corridor Planning in California: Best Practices Tashia Clemons, FHWA, Laura Pennebaker, CATC, Gary Hamrick, CamSys, Moderator: Erik Alm, Caltrans
December 19, 2018

Wildlife Connectivity Modeling


Wildlife Connectivity Modeling

3D webmap and web tour

Dick Cameron, Director of Science for Land Programs, The Nature Conservancy

Carrie Schloss, Senior Scientist

Brad McRae

Dave Theobald

November 14, 2018 Canceled Canceled
November 1, 2018

Key Topics of Sustainability: Social Equity in Transportation


Social Equity in Transportation

Chanell Fletcher, Director, ClimatePlan California

Monica Palmeira, Program Manager, CA Strategic Growth Council

Courtney Williams, Priority Populations Liaison, Caltrans DRMT

Jeanie Ward-Waller, Caltrans Sustainability Program Manager

October 24, 2018

Key Concepts of Sustainability: Connecting People to Places


Connecting People to Places

Dr. Susan Handy, Professor, U C Davis

Teresa Tapia, Sr. Sales Engineer, Streetlight Data

James Corless, CEO, SACOG

Darwin Moosavi, Sustainability Project Manager, Moderator

September 25, 2018

Planning and Modal Programs;
A Connected and Integrated Approach to Shaping the Future of Transportation


A Connected and Integrated Approach

Coco Briseno, Deputy Director, Planning and Modal Programs
September 13, 2018

Trip Generation Data and Methods for Affordable Housing Developments


Trip Generation

Kelly Clifton, Ph.D., Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering, Portland State University
August 29, 2018

Advance Mitigation Program Overview and Natural Resource Considerations Integrated into Long Range Planning


Advanced Mitigation

Amy Bailey, Chris Jannusch, Carin Loy, Stuart Kirkham, Caltrans Environmental Analysis
May 30, 2018 Safeguarding California; Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Presentation Joey Wall, Natural Resources
April 20, 2018 Drivers of Change: Taking us in a New Direction
Susan A. Shaheen, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
March 21, 2018 AICP Certification Process Presentation Blake Roberts, Senior Environmental Planner, Delta Protection Commission
February 23, 2018 Alameda CTC's Countywide Presentation Saravana Suthanthira, AICP, Alameda County Transportation Commission
January 31, 2018 TBD TBD
December 20, 2017 LD-IGR Program
Christian Bushong, Branch Chief, LD-IGR; Division of Transportation Planning
Melody Friberg, Bo Wu, Rebecca Parker, LD-IGR Branch
November 28, 2017 Investigating the Adoption of Uber and Other Shared Mobility Services and Their Impacts on Vehicle Ownership and the Use of Other Means of Travel in California
Giovanni Circella, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Davis
October 19, 2017 Ethics/Risk Management
Blair Thompson, Chief of Innovation, RIsk, and Strategic Management
September 27, 2017 Sustainability Update
Ellen Greenburg, Sustainability Deputy Director, Caltrans
August 30, 2017 Public Enagement
Joan Chaplick, Daniel Iacofano, MIG Inc.
July 24, 2017
(Special time:1:30 PM)
First/Last Mile at LA Metro - a System-Wide Approach
Jacob Lieb, LA Metro
June 28, 2017 Statewide Transit Strategic Plan
Juan Matutue, UCLA
Joshua Pulverman,Division of Rail and Mass Transportation
May 25, 2017 Toward an Active California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
Scott Sauer, Rusty Thornton, Division of Transportation Planning, Office of Multi-Modal System Planning
May 8, 2017 Integrated Transportation and Health Impacts Model (ITHIM)
Meredith Milet, MPH, Epidemiologist; Office of Health Equity, California Department of Public Health
April 19, 2017 Sustainability Update - CANCELED Ellen Greenburg, Deputy Director for Sustainability
March 29, 2017 MSTM Program
Dr. Peter Haas, Director of Education, Mineta Transportation Institute
February 23, 2017 Lean Six Sigma
Tammy Roberts, Staff Services Manager I
January 2017 CANCELED