Kittelson and Associates present the following panel discussion.

How will connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) impact capacity and change transportation infrastructure needs? Important questions still face transportation planners, but agencies need information now to make investment and policy decisions to plan for future needs.

A pooled-fund study spearheaded by the Oregon Department of Transportation and funded by 14 total state DOTs is measuring how CAVs will impact roadway capacity. The study uses microsimulation in realistic networks to predict future capacity effects on freeways, arterials, and intersections, and study results are now available to help planners account for capacity impacts of CAVs on freeways and arterials in 2045 and 2050 long-range transportation plans.

Our team will present the findings of this study in a 20-minute presentation, then we’ll dedicate most of the hour to a panel discussion on what these findings mean for transportation planners who are seeking to incorporate emerging technologies like CAVs into long-range transportation plans.

The discussion will be built around questions that attendees send in advance and/or post live for presenters. Moderated by transportation planner Rachel Grosso, the panel will consist of:

Bastian Schroeder, Principal Engineer. Bastian is a national leader in applied transportation research and is the Principal Investigator leading the pooled-fund study.
Abby Morgan, Senior Engineer. Abby heads up Kittelson’s connected and automated vehicle practice and is actively working with MPOs and TPOs across the country to assess their readiness and plan for automated vehicles. She is also one of the Kittelson team members leading the pooled-fund study.
Laurence Lewis, Principal Planner. Laurence will draw from his experience working with clients to incorporate emerging technologies into long-range transportation plans to speak to how this research can be implemented at a planning level.
Gibran Hadj-Chikh, Principal Planner. Gibran is a recognized expert in transportation technology and will speak to the bigger picture of the impacts of emerging technologies on transportation systems.
We look forward to hearing your questions and having this dialogue on December 8! Please RSVP through GoToWebinar to receive an access link to join us and submit questions for the panel discussion.

Date: Tuesday December 8, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Pacific time

To register please click here.


    1. That’s a point. But what is likely is far far fewer cars driving lots more. If the net traffic is the same there is still the huge environmental benefit of manufacturing fewer cars. We can put in place policies to limit traffic at any time if there is the political will. One risk is that motorist dominance is waning slightly in Vancouver (proper) currently, making it politically easier but autonomy could make “driving” more attractive creating more motoring clout. All the more reason road pricing policies need to move forward now.

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