SB 743: An Evolutionary Change to Transportation Impact Analysis
SB 743 started a process that changes transportation impact analysis as part of CEQA compliance. These changes include elimination of auto delay, level of service (LOS), and other similar measures of vehicular capacity or traffic congestion as a basis for determining significant impacts for land use projects and plans in California under CEQA. According to the legislative intent contained in SB 743, these changes to current practice were to balance the needs of congestion management with statewide goals related to infill development, promotion of public health through active transportation, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Come learn how these changes to CEQA guidelines might affect your next environmental document, infrastructure project, transportation impact assessment, or other planning document.
Kathrin Tellez, AICP, PTP, is a Principal in Fehr & Peers’ Walnut Creek office with over fifteen years of experience in transportation impact assessment, integrated transportation/land use planning, site plan review, pedestrian and bicycle planning, and parking studies. Kathrin has conducted transportation impact analyses for major residential and commercial development projects, regional parks, schools, medical centers, and university campuses. Her experience also includes numerous General Plans and Specific Plans, including several for Central Valley jurisdictions. She is well versed in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements as they relate to Transportation and has prepared the transportation and circulation sections of numerous environmental documents, including some recently circulated documents which have included vehicle miles of travel assessments.
Fred Choa, P.E., is a Principal in Fehr & Peers’ Sacramento office. He is a registered Professional Traffic Engineer in California with 22 years of experience in multi-modal transportation planning and traffic engineering. Fred also serves as Fehr & Peers’ National Traffic Operations Expert due to his expertise in multi-modal operations analysis and simulation. As a company-wide expert in multi-modal operations, Fred regularly works on complex projects involving a wide variety of modes and operational issues including Signal Coordination, Multi-Modal Traffic Operations, Transit Operations, Transit Signal Priority, Interchanges, Freeway Corridors, HOV lanes and HOT lanes. He has published several professional papers on issues related to traffic operations and simulation for the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the Transportation Research Board.
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