2018 National Planning Conference

Design Guidelines for Streets and Stations

Monday, April 23, 2018 from 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188064

Location: 227

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  • How to work with street designers and engineers on proposed project designs
  • Best practices in balancing form and function in streets design
  • Multimodal approaches to rail-station access


Once the domain of engineers and public works departments, street-design decisions are increasingly within the purview of planning departments. By considering how streets contribute to placemaking and community goals, street design guidelines that can ensure transportation networks provide access and mobility for everyone. Explore recent advancements in design guidelines, as well as best practices that will be relevant across to cities and transit agencies large and small. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, new guidelines are creating a progressive street typology that considers urban form with transportation function to develop detailed design standards for city streets. In the San Francisco Bay Area, BART is implementing multimodal rail-station-access design guidelines with a station-typology framework. Nationally, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) completed the "Implementing Context Sensitive Design for Multimodal Thoroughfares: An ITE Informational Report" for streets nationwide. Learn how by avoiding one-size-fits-all solutions, these design guides take a more flexible and context-sensitive approach to creating great streets.

Session Speakers

Stephanie Wright
Portland, OR

Lilly M. Shoup, AICP
Los Angeles, CA

Suzanne M. Schulz, AICP
City of Grand Rapids Plng Dept.
Grand Rapids, MI