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Annual Transportation Mini-Series

Please join us for a full day of technical presentations and panel discussions on topics including bridges, highways, transit, traffic and planning. All fees are non-refundable but are transferable. Please contact Caitlin O'Donnell at caitlin.odonnell@ctrides.com if you would like to transfer your registration to another individual.

When: Thursday October 3, 2019

Where: Sheraton Rocky HIll

100 Capital Blvd

Rocky HIll, CT 06067

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Descriptions for the sessions can be found below and here
 
 
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Our Keynote Speakers are Lisa Salters and Andy Tennant from ESPN! 

 

 

 

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Descriptions for the sessions can be found below and here

Accelerated Bridge Construction Techniques: I-95 Superstructure 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation is implementing Accelerated Bridge Construction 
(ABC) techniques across the state to reduce impacts to the traveling public, and to improve safety of 
construction workers, public perception of infrastructure projects, and feasibility of projects with 
problematic conventional construction staging. A recent example is the Superstructure 
Replacement of US Route 1 over I-95 in Stamford, CT (Bridge 00037). With 17,000 vehicles/day on 
Route 1 and 170,000 vehicles/day on I-95, the bridge is located within a heavily congested 
interchange of I-95. Conventional staging to facilitate the superstructure replacement was not a 
viable option. The superstructure of Bridge 00037 was replaced over two 56-hour weekend 
closures, utilizing a bypass of I-95 and a local detour of Route 1.The presentation will provide a 
general overview of ABC in the State of Connecticut and a summary of the Bridge 00037 project 
including superstructure design, I-95 bypass design, site constraints, utilization of self propelled 
modular transporters (SPMTs), public outreach, and lessons learned. 
 
 

Augmented and Virtual Reality for Stakeholder Engagement 

Interactive 3D model presentations using augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) viewing devices 
have become more achievable and affordable with advances in hardware devices, and general 
improvements in computer hardware and 3D modeling applications. AR/VR technology is rapidly 
expanding from gaming into the commercial arena. How can these new technologies help in 
building better infrastructure? Learn about how our team has used virtual reality to provide an 
innovative public engagement tool, allowing users to be fully immersed in a proposed project 
environment. This presentation will show how virtual reality is changing perceptions in order to 
support change in communities. 
 
Building new infrastructure requires several parties to buy-in, from owners to businesses to 
residents. Whether it’s a new multi-modal facility or a high-speed rail corridor, being able to 
visualize designs in advance can help to build confidence, open perspectives, and enlighten 
opinions. Experience and see how virtual reality has helped in making stakeholder engagement 
more immersive, more accessible, and easier than ever to see the future. 
 
 
 

Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Simulation Modeling: Ohio DOT 

Moving from Research to Practical Application in a Connected and Autonomous World at the Ohio 
DOT Although Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) have been hot topics for research and 
development activity and media attention in recent years, understanding of their likely impacts on 
transportation system performance is limited. The Ohio DOT is evaluating the impacts of connected 
and automated vehicles (CAVs) on the operational performance of several corridors, including US 
33 in the Columbus region, I-275 in the Cincinnati region, and the Ohio Turnpike. Specifically, ODOT 
is taking results from CAV field tests and determining how effective different CAV applications (e.g. 
vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-infrastructure, passenger vehicle vs. truck) and penetration rates are 
in reducing traffic congestion and environmental impacts; improving safety, traffic speeds, 
capacities and reliability; and which locations and traffic conditions are most amenable to these 
applications. 
 
 
Ever wish that stakeholders could see what construction phases for a project would look like in 
real-life? How about letting the public experience a drive-through of a finished bridge during 
design?  
 
 

Including a Battery Electric Bus Maintenance Facility as Part of a Mixed-Use TOD 

Jacobs in partnership with A Better City – a Boston-based advocacy group - assessed the potential 
to incorporate a battery electric bus (BEB) maintenance facility into a mixed-use development 
project, including a case study of MBTA’s Albany Street bus garage. This mixed-use concept may 
help provide a cost-effective public/private site development strategy for modernizing and 
expanding the MBTA’s bus facility network and better meeting the transportation, economic, and 
environmental needs of Greater Boston. The team leveraged expertise in the transit industry and 
commercial architecture to develop two conceptual facility designs: a standalone BEB maintenance 
facility; and a mixed-use Transit Oriented Development (TOD) incorporating BEB storage, retail, 
residential space, and a transit hub. 
 
Takeaways 
� The mixed-use concept integrates the bus facility into the urban landscape, improving 
community perception of the agency and offering public benefits. 
� This approach should improve the agency’s ability to site future facilities and resist 
pressure to divest sites with significant value in dense, developing areas. 
� As agencies move towards fleet electrification, alternative facilities solutions provide the 
opportunity to leverage outside financial resources to improve aging infrastructure. 
� This may enable agencies to realize the environmental benefits of fleet electrification more 
quickly and cost effectively 
 
 
 
 

Integrating Economic Analysis in Transportation Planning 

Many agree that transportation plays a vital role in the state’s economy, yet there’s disagreement 
on how much to invest and how to pay for it.  Maintaining our infrastructure and transportation 
assets is widely understood to be paramount, yet it appears Connecticut is at a crossroads at which 
future decisions on transportation system improvements may rely more heavily on the expected 
return on investment.  How significant is transportation as a factor that affects local and regional 
economies?  Should economic impact play an important role in transportation investment 
decisions, and if they do, how do we measure the benefits?   
The panel will discuss this topic from multiple angles; the State, municipalities and the analytical 
side.  Learn how transportation decision making may be shifting toward an economic-based 
methodology and what tools and approaches can be used.  
 
 
 
 

Planning, Designing, and Implementing an Urban Bike Network 

Case Study from Hartford, CT 

This session will provide attendees with a look inside the process of planning, designing, and 
implementing an urban bike network.  It will profile Hartford’s efforts to expand its bike 
infrastructure and the multiple actions that have contributed to the City’s emerging network.  
Hartford was an early adopter of bike lanes and traffic calming measures, rolling those 
improvements out in the early 2000’s.  The effort to develop the City’s bike infrastructure was 
reenergized by park connectivity recommendations of the 2014 Capital City Parks Guide, which 
envisioned a ring of parks connected by greenways and pedestrian and bike infrastructure.  Along 
the way, multiple local initiates brought bike facilities to individual projects but the City lacked a 
comprehensive vision, standards, and process for establishing a City-wide network of bike facilities 
oriented towards transportation.  This changed with the hiring of the City’s first Bicycle and 
Pedestrian Coordinator and subsequently the development of Hartford’s Bicycle Masterplan in 
2018.  The City is now actively working towards building out its plan and institutionalizing the 
consideration of bike facilities into all roadway and transportation projects.  While the Masterplan 
has only been complete for a year, Hartford has already made great strides including committing to 
a redesign of Main Street to accommodate a separated bike facility; the City is also a recent 
recipient of the Degree Deodorant Made To Move grant that will provide Hartford with funding to 
build out the state’s first bike boulevards in the North, West, and South ends of the City. 
 
 
 

Shared Micromobility - Here now. Expanding soon! 

We are already sharing bicycles in our CT communities and apartment buildings. Shared electric 
scooters were piloted at the University of Bridgeport during the 2018/19 academic year, and the 
City of Bridgeport is exploring a larger pilot program that includes multiple modes of shared 
mobility. CRCOG's Regional No-Cost Bikeshare RFP is focused on shared bikes, but allows 
discussion of e-scooters in the capitol region. New Haven has had a municipal bikeshare for 1.5 
years and will host a public forum to discuss electric scooters this fall. These shared mobility 
systems are part of a larger shift toward expanding options for first and last mile access to transit 
and other major destinations. They have the opportunity to more than double the catchment area 
for transit ridership. How can transit agencies best capitalize on this opportunity? These new 
systems are increasing use of electric-assist technology, rightsizing modes, and improving options 
for on-demand transportation. Communities throughout New England are considering new 
permitting processes for shared mobility and changing the way they think about multi-modal 
infrastructure and curb management. Private companies are increasingly multi-modal since Uber 
acquired e-bike share company JUMP, Lyft acquired the bike share operator Motivate, and Lime 
expanded to include e-bikes, scooters, and electric carshare pods.  This panel will discuss what 
these trends mean for transportation innovation, how cities are responding to these options, and 
what we can expect in the future. You'll hear from the communities that are closest to these issues, 
and from industry representatives. 
 
 

Truck Platooning: Considerations for a Multi-state Corridor Deployment 

Connected and Automated Vehicle technologies are evolving rapidly, including applications 
designed to improve freight safety and efficiency. Truck platooning (wireless coupling of two or 
more trucks to allow significantly shorter gaps between them) has received attention recently by 
both private sector logistics firms and transportation agencies.   
Agencies are interested in the potential emissions, safety, and traffic flow benefits of platooning. 
They are also concerned about potential impacts on infrastructure (e.g., bridge loading, pavement 
deterioration), human factors (e.g., whether drivers in the trailing truck might get bored and thus 
become disengaged from the driving task), and behavior of other drivers around platoons (i.e., cut-ins
between trucks in platoon). Logistics firms, for their part, are interested in fuel savings, 
environmental sustainability, and potential logistics efficiencies from platooning. They are also 
interested in platooning as a springboard for higher levels of automation, including fully 
autonomous trucks.   
 
CDM Smith is developing an Operational Concept and Test Plan for the FHWA to put truck platoons 
in revenue service in a multi-state corridor. The project is initially considering Interstate 70 
between Columbus, OH and Indianapolis, IN as the deployment corridor. Anheuser-Busch has 
agreed to support the effort as a fleet partner. The project will culminate in a Phase 2 Proposal for 
truck platoon operational testing on public roads, hauling real freight for real customers.  
This presentation will describe the team’s experience thus far including how to facilitate cross-state 
collaboration considering regulatory differences between states; user needs gathering through 
workshops and interviews; equipment considerations for the trucks; howto work with a host fleet 
including the need to maintain privacy and remaining sensitive to their business imperatives; truck 
platooning performance measures and data needed to support them; and human factors in truck 
platooning.   
 
 
 
 

What’s New in the World of Environmental Planning? 

A synopsis of many of the changes recently initiated or underway on the Federal, State and 
Department levels which are under the purview of the Office of Environmental Planning.  Briefly 
touching on each topic, it’s relevance to the Department and possible project delivery implications 
to offer helpful links or insight on status.  The topics could include but not be limited to:   
Federal  
� EPA’s Proposed Rule Updating Regulations on Water Quality Certification (40 CFR Part 121)  
� USDOT Interim Policy on Pages Limits for NEPA Documents  
� USDOT Interim Policy on Application of One Federal Decision Process to DOT Projects  
� Potential listing of Endangered Species on the Horizon  
� Programmatic Agreements between FHWA and NMFS which have impacted Endangered 
Species  
� Act and Essential Fish Habitat Coordination efforts for CTDOT Projects  
� PEL (Planning and Environment Linkages)   
 
State   
� Pending CEPA Regulation Changes  
� Sea Level Rise (New Public Act)  
� Resiliency (Governor’s Executive Order)  
� DEEP LWRD Application Forms  
� MS4 Permit Requirements  
 
Department  
� Recent Environmental Planning Re-Organization  
� What we’re working on updating procedurally  
� Who to call in OEP 
 

Women's Challenges in Construction 

A panel discussion with five women from varying facets of the construction industry from 
engineering to SBE/DBE business owners discussing their successes and challenges in the industry.  
The session is a collaboration with COMTO. 
 
 
 
 

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