Short Course Webinars

Retrofitting Streets and Corridors

This highly relevant short course is broken down into five sessions taught by highly experienced leaders in the field. With this course, you will gain great perspective of industry leading streets and corridor retrofitting.

This course was recorded live at the APA National Planning Conference on April 16, 2012.

CM | 6.25

How This Works


You will stream the recorded audio, PowerPoint, and video presentation from a URL that will be sent to you via e-mail once you register.

Your single user registration covers access for one person.

The group rate is for agencies, firms, and university planning programs. If you registered for the group rate, you may share the access URL with your colleagues within the agency, firm, or university planning program (including students) to play the webinar on multiple computers or project the program from one computer in a conference room. You are not permitted to share the URL with anyone outside the agency, firm, or planning program.

Registration includes access to a special conference website with supplemental reading materials.

You have access to the program for one year from the date of purchase and may claim CM credit until that date.

What Technology Is Required?

You will need:

  • A computer with a Windows Operating System and Internet Explorer. **(Currently this product is only available to those with Windows & Internet Explorer)**
  • Internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones to listen to the audio
  • Microsoft Silverlight (you will be prompted if you don't already have this free software installed)

Please note: In order to deliver this program at a lower cost, this technology is self-guided. Follow the instructions provided via the program links.


Registration is non-refundable. Please review the course outline below before registering for this course.

Registration Online

You may also register for this webinar together with our other short course, Evidence-Based Sustainability.

Learn more about the Evidence-Bases Sustainability webinar

Register for Retrofitting Streets and Corridors plus Evidence-Based Sustainability

Course Outline

Retrofitting Streets and Corridors outline (pdf)

Contents of Course

Creating Livable Streets and Corridors

The first session of the short course begins with an examination of what makes for livability in transportation planning and project development. Whether the approach is complete streets or a hybrid, the goal is livability and this session looks at the essential elements of any plan. In addition, the session considers how to deal with legacy projects and how they can be carried out or modified to meet current needs. CM | 1.25

Harrison Rue, ICF International; Paula Reeves, WSDOT's Highways & Local Programs Division; Jeff Tumlin, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates; Whit Blanton, FAICP, Renaissance Planning Group, moderator

Greening Your Corridor

Session two in the short course explores the issues of energy efficiency, sustainability, and design elements. Learn how to reduce VMT and improve air quality. Consider what is currently called a green street. Speakers also delve into the issue of retrofitting for cyclists and explore what works for whom and why. CM | 1.25

Dan Christian, PE, Tetra Tech; Adam Coghill, CE, City of Los Angeles; Adam Varat, Senior Planner, San Francisco Planning Department; Juli Beth Hinds, Tetra Tech, moderator

Economics of Corridor Redevelopment

Session three in the short course delves into market economics. In this financially constrained time are retrofit projects feasible? Explore the redevelopment framework and assess incentives. Finally, speakers explain concept of value capture and how it is being applied. CM | 1.25

David Stamm, AICP, Renaissance Planning Group; Robert M. Lewis, AICP, Principal, Development Strategies; Whit Blanton, FAICP, Renaissance Planning Group, moderator

Planning & Designing Transit-Ready Corridors

Session four of the short course considers the design issues of streets and corridors. Speakers begin with an examination of the regional framework for land use and urban form. Next, they consider performance measurement and prioritization. The session then turns to an examination of the state of the practice. CM | 1.25

Harrison Rue, ICF International; Christopher H. Sinclair, AICP, Renaissance Planning Group; Whit Blanton, FAICP, Renaissance Planning Group, moderator

Retrofitting Corridors for Premium Transit

The final session in the short course looks at Bus Rapid Transit, Light Rail and other forms of premium transit. Speakers explore the issues of alignment and station locations. The session then examines the current state of TOD planning and ends with a discussion of funding options and a prognosis for future funding. A detailed outline for the course will be posted online later. CM | 1.25

Ted Orosz, AICP, CTP, MTA New York City Transit; Jeff Tumlin, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates; Whit Blanton, FAICP, Renaissance Planning Group, moderator

Speaker Bios

Harrison Rue is an ICF Principal with over 30 years experience in integrating transportation & land use planning, transit & transit-oriented development, sustainability & climate change, affordable green building & infrastructure, and public participation & communications. He has developed successful programs, policies, training, and funding and implementation strategies, at the small town/rural, urban, regional, and statewide level, and led hundreds of planning and training workshops on sustainable development and smart growth throughout the US. He has provided support for EPA's smart growth program, FHWA's livability initiatives, and HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities Rue authored EPA's Growing Smarter, Living Healthier: A Guide to Smart Growth and Active Aging and FHWA/FTA's Livability in Transportation and Environmental Justice Guidebooks.

Paula Reeves has been developing transportation projects for the State, cities, counties, and transit agencies for twenty years. She currently manages the Community Design Office at Washington State Department of Transportation and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Planning Association Washington Chapter, chairing the Community Planning Assistance program. In both these roles she provides a range of transportation planning and engineering services to cities, counties and transit agencies including: expert advise regarding transportation and livable communities, pedestrian and bicycle facility design expertise, safe routes to schools, scenic byways, and transportation planning support relative to Washington's Growth Management Act. She has a broad transportation background that includes urban design, engineering, environmental experience, and is a practicing mediator in Thurston County. Paula also serves on the National Transportation Research Board's Pedestrian Committee and American Institute of Certified Planners' Community Planning Task Force.

Robert M. Lewis directs economic planning and implementation assignments at Development Strategies, based in St. Louis. He was part of the team that created Development Strategies in 1988. The focus of his professional work is analyzing the market, economic, and organizational forces that influence urban planning, economic growth, and real estate development. His consulting services yield strategic recommendations for clients seeking to maximize economic value. Clients include local governments, private property owners, corporations, government agencies, non-profits, and institutions all around the USA.

Whit Blanton is vice president and a founding principal of Renaissance Planning Group. He has nearly 25 years of transportation planning experience, primarily in multimodal planning and design to support redevelopment of corridors, centers and districts. His experience spans a wide range of planning projects, including corridor and area master plans, district multimodal plans, transit feasibility plans and funding initiatives, bicycle and pedestrian master plans, and visioning studies. In addition to his work for MPOs, transit agencies and local governments, Whit is an instructor for the National Transit Institute's Transit Oriented Development training course, and has assisted the Federal Highway Administration in providing national guidance on strategies for livable communities. He is currently working with U.S. EPA on a contract to deliver training on Smart Growth Building Blocks across the country.