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.


Planning Horizons Library

2017 Planning Horizons Presentations

2016 Planning Horizons Presentations

2015 Planning Horizons Presentations

Library of Past Planning Horizons Archived Sessions

Planning Horizons Schedule (10:00 am unless otherwise posted)





December 17, 2019 Gentrification Near Rail Transit Areas Marion G. Boarnet, University of Southern California
November 20, 2019 SB 743 Implementation at Caltrans and Around the State Alyssa Begley, Transportation Planning
October 30, 2019 Sustainable Purchasing Program Overview Jennifer Burnett, Sustainable Purchasing Program Manager
September 25, 2019 California Panel Study of Emerging Trends and Technologies Dr. Giovanni Circella
August 28, 2019 Traffic Implications for Deploying Self-Driving Drayage Trucks in Southern California Jean-Daniel Saphores, PhD Professor
July 31, 2019 Sustainability, Part II Darwin Moosavi and team, Caltrans, Sustainability Office
June 27, 2019 Sustainability, Part I Darwin Moosavi and team, Caltrans, Sustainability Office
May 23, 2019 Geeking Out on Sustainable Freight innovations Eric Fredericks, DOTP Freight Team
May 7, 2019

Urban Air Mobility 101

Urban Air Mobility 101


Parimal Kopardekar, the Acting Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI) and

Kate Fraser, Head of Aviation Policy, Uber Elevate

April 17, 2019

Affordable Clean Transportation in Rural Disadvantage San Joaquin Valley

Affordable Clean Transportation


Caroline Rodier, U C Davis
March 28, 2019

A Comparison of Zero-Emission Highway Trucking Technologies

A Comparison of Zero Emission Highway Trucking Technologies


Lewis Fulton, U C Davis
February 22, 2019

Autonomous Vehicles Policy

Autonomous Vehicles Policy


Ryan Snyder, Principal, Transpogroup
February 20, 2019

Understanding the RITIS big data analytics platform and options for using it in California

RITIS Big Data




Michael Pack, CATT Lab Director, University of Maryland
January 30, 2019

Corridor Planning in California: Best Practices

Corridor Planning in California

Corridor Plan Guides

Federal Highway Administration

Guidebook Contact

Corridor Sustainability

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