About the Course
Transportation investments have shaped our communities for many generations, both expanding and limiting our options with each investment decision.
Today, most local governments struggle to provide adequate investments in transportation, to maintain their basic systems, and to respond to growing demands.
A Strong Towns approach guides a community in making productive transportation investments with limited available resources. We go beyond simply transportation spending to align systems of growth and development with transportation policies. In this course, we will examine:
• The forces that have shaped local government transportation investments and how that has impacted our development pattern.
• How to balance maintenance needs with other investment opportunities, and which investments to prioritize.
• The difference between a road and a street, and how we increase the return-on-investment and safety of our stroads (street/road hybrids).
• How to understand and properly respond to traffic congestion.
• The role of safety in a transportation system and how to create a culture of systematic safety improvement.
• The proper use of standards and codes for building transportation systems.
• The role of biking and walking in building a productive place, and how to build support for biking and walking investments.
• The role of transit in building a Strong Town, and how to make immediate transit enhancements on a limited budget.
Participants in this course will develop a plan for local action that they can begin implementing immediately.