Senior Transit Planner

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San Diego

Kittelson’s San Diego office is in the vibrant North Park community, just north of downtown. The office is a shared co-work space at the epicenter…

What’s Next for Our 2021 Interns?

August is coming to a close, and so too is our 2021 summer internship program. Our 11 interns have gained necessary hands-on skills, learned important…

Lynn Bicycle and Pedestrian Network Plan

The City of Lynn, Massachusetts, is located at the northern end of the Northern Strand Community Trail: a 10-mile, shared-use path along an abandoned railbed. Before the Northern Strand existed, trail users were limited to where they could explore. However, the path was choppy, and the trail’s potential to connect multiple communities had not yet been met. The promise of extending the path offered an uninterrupted route between the trail and the shore—an attractive prospect for those who wished for safe and efficient active transportation between neighboring communities.

Meanwhile, multiple grassroots efforts within the community were working to implement multimodal improvements and better connectivity among in-town neighborhoods. With compatible goals in mind, the Lynn Bicycle and Pedestrian Network Plan created an opportunity to connect these grassroots efforts to the state’s Northern Strand Community Trail expansion.

USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Evaluation

The USDOT Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment Program is the largest CV technology pilot to date with deployments in Tampa, Florida; New York City, New York; and the I-80 corridor across Wyoming. Kittelson is a key member of the USDOT’s Independent Evaluation Team led by the Texas A&M University Transportation Institute (TTI). We are responsible for measuring the observed mobility impacts and predicting potential future mobility impacts at each of the sites.

Development Review Practices for New and Shared Mobility

The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) was seeking to learn from national experience and the current state of the practice to advise the Baltimore Region’s jurisdictions on potential opportunities to integrate New and Shared Mobility services into local communities, through effective policy, including development review guidance.

CATS Silver Line Transit-Oriented Development Study

Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. This growth was precipitated by decades of thoughtful and strategic transportation and land use planning, and has continued momentum through the design and implementation of multimodal infrastructure to support significant transit corridors.

In addition to looking at immediate projects that will improve connectivity across the city, the City of Charlotte continues to move forward on long-range light rail planning. Currently, the LYNX Blue Line provides light rail service north to south. The City is now planning for its next rail line, the LYNX Silver Line, which will provide the east to west link.

Willamette River Ped-Bike Crossing

Southwest of Portland, Oregon lie the communities of Oregon City and West Linn. Today, people walking, biking, or rolling between these cities have to cross the Willamette River using the Historic Arch Bridge on OR 43, a busy state highway. The current facilities do not provide an accessible crossing for people with limited mobility: cyclists share narrow travel lanes with fast-moving cars and trucks, and people on foot or mobility devices must use steep and narrow sidewalks that don’t meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Baltimore City Dockless Vehicle Program Support

Dockless scooters appeared in Baltimore City in summer 2018 without warning. Since then, Baltimore has aimed to develop a program that leverages this new technology to improve transportation equity for underserved communities and promote more efficient and sustainable modes of transportation.

US 20 at Tumalo Multi-Lane Roundabout

Intersection improvements were needed to address operational deficiencies and safety concerns at the intersection of US 20, O.B. Riley Road, and Cook Avenue in Tumalo, Oregon. Based on traffic analysis and concept design completed by Kittelson along the corridor, ODOT initiated the design phase to address safety, enhance multimodal functionality, support growth, and accommodate freight, while minimizing impacts.

CATS Envision My Ride Bus Priority Study

For the past 20 years, the City of Charlotte has been taking a thoughtful and proactive approach to transit planning, which has already led to two successful rail lines and a bus network. An outcome of the Charlotte MOVES Task Force, the City of Charlotte’s Strategic Mobility Plan, has built on this momentum and set a vision for the next 20 years of transit-oriented development in Charlotte. The plan outlines a citywide 10-minute neighborhood—where everyone’s basic needs can be met by a 10-minute walk, bike ride, or high-frequency transit ride—and identifies multimodal projects that can make this a reality, which included a network of approximately 20 bus corridors capable of providing the level of reliable, high-frequency service needed to support citywide mobility.

Alaska LRTP and Freight Plan

Alaska is the biggest state in the United States and its mountain ranges, glaciers, and vast wilderness create natural barriers to transportation. More than 80 percent of Alaskan communities are inaccessible by the road system and can be reached only by air, sea, river, or overland using ATVs, snow machines, or even sled dogs. Of Alaska’s communities, 251 are served exclusively by air. The National Highway System is also unlike any in the Lower 48. It includes six-lane urban freeway segments with volumes up to 68,000 a day and 400 miles of the mostly-unpaved Dalton Highway extending to the North Slope with segments seeing as little traffic as 105 vehicles a day. So how does the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) prepare for a world where changing populations, aging transportation infrastructure, geographic and socioeconomic diversity, funding challenges, and cutting-edge technologies combine?

Portland Parking Toolkit for Neighborhood Centers

We worked with the City of Portland to build a toolkit of potential tools and strategies that the City (and others) could implement within the centers and corridors to manage parking demand.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Portland were concerned about specific locations in Portland that were expected to exceed parking supply capacity. Kittelson conducted a study of five neighborhood centers and civic corridors that surround the Portland City Center that involved evaluating parking conditions data provided by the City and population and employment data provided by Metro.

Managing E-Bikes on Multi-Use Paths

Should e-bikes be allowed everywhere bicycles can go? Responses are divided, and not just at the personal opinion level—regulations also differ state by state.