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The Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation is hosting monthly webinars on various topics. The presentations are designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to exchange information and transfer knowledge.




Integrating Safety into Transportation Planning


Presented By:
Wednesday, March 18, 2010
9:30am - 11:30am
Veteran Affairs Building - 5th Floor - Room #518
1227 "O" Street, Sacramento Ca.

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Simon Washington
Simon Washington
Director of the Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC).

On Wednesday, March 18, 2010, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM, Simon Washington presented "PlanSafe Integrating Safety into Transportation Planning."

Dr. Simon Washington joined ITS in July of 2009 as Director of the Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC). Previously he was on the Civil Engineering faculties at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Washington has advised 11 Ph.D. students in the area of transportation over the past 14 years, 8 of whom currently hold faculty positions around the US. His research interests include all aspects of transportation safety, human factors,.

Topic Description: " This presentation will briefly discuss the objectives, data inputs, and features of the software. All software features will be demonstrated, including input of data from travel demand models, how projects are defined, how safety is forecasted in future scenarios, and how safety countermeasures are selected to reach safety targets in the SHSP.

Topic Details: Although mentioned prominently in ISTEA and TEA-21, safety has received little serious attention in transportation planning due to lack of available tools. SAFETY-LU further reinforced the prominent role that safety must play in transportation planning activities with the requirement of Statewide Highway Safety Plans (SHSP) and the explicit consideration of safety in planning processes.

NCHRP 8-44-2, developed by Dr. Washington (now at UC Berkeley) is a suite of software programs to support and enable safety to be evaluated within the planning process. Completed in February, 2010, the software is robust incorporates the latest quantitative knowledge in road safety, and is fully functional. An implementation in Florida is currently underway and is being planned in Utah.


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For more information, check the Division of Research and Innovation Web site or contact Rebecca Boyer at 654-8367 .


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