Alternatives Analysis Courses


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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be offering its courses on Alternatives Analysis on February 5-7, 2008, in San Diego, CA and on July 22-24, 2008, in Seattle, WA. A course is also planned this spring at a location to be determined on the east coast.

An alternatives analysis is the planning requirement for projects seeking New and Small Starts funding. This course describes a number of the elements of alternatives analyses including FTA requirements. The courses were last offered in Washington DC and San Francisco last April and November, respectively.

All of our past offerings have been filled and had waiting lists, so we would encourage you to register soon if you are interested. The courses are taught by Don Emerson of PB Consult, and Jim Ryan and Ron Fisher from FTA Headquarters.

A block of rooms has been set aside for the Horton Grand Hotel (619-544-1886) in San Diego and the Mayflower Park Hotel (206-382-6991) in Seattle. Registration can be made at www.regonline.com/173277 for the San Diego workshop and at www.regonline.com/173279 for the Seattle workshop.

The draft agenda used for the course is below.

DAY 1

 SESSION

 MINUTES

 SCHEDULE

 Welcome, Introductions, and Overview  45  9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
 Planning and Development of New Starts Projects  75  9:45 AM to 11:00 AM
 Break  15  11:00 AM to 11:15 AM
 FTA Expectations Regarding Alternatives Analysis  60  11:15 AM to 12:15 PM
 Lunch  75  12:15 PM to 1:30 PM
 Discussion: Big Picture Questions  45  1:30 PM to 2:15 PM
 Break  15  2:15 PM to 2:30 PM
 Technical Approach  30  2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
 Purpose and Need  45  3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
 Workshop on Problem Definition  60  3:45 PM to 4:45 PM
 Wrap Up  15  4:45 PM to 5:00 PM


DAY 2

 SESSION

 MINUTES

 SCHEDULE

 Introduction to Day 2  30  8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
 Alternatives Part 1  60  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
 Break  15  10:00 AM to 10:15 AM
 Alternatives Part 2  60  10:15 AM to 11:15 AM
 Discussion: Alternatives  30  11:15 AM to 11:45 AM
 Lunch  75  11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
 Service Planning  45  1:00 PM to 1:45 PM
 Workshop on Service Planning  75  1:45 PM to 3:00 PM
 Break  15  3:00 PM to 3:15 PM
 Engineering and Capital Costing  75  3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
 O & M Costing  30  4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
 Wrap Up  15  5:00 PM to 5:15 PM


DAY 3

 SESSION

MINUTES 

 SCHEDULE

 Introduction to Day 3  30  8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
 Transportation Benefits  90  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
 Break  15  10:30 AM to 10:45 AM
 Workshop on Transportation Benefits  30  10:45 AM to 11:15 AM
 Land Use  45  11:45 AM to 12:00 PM
 Lunch  75  12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
 Environmental Analysis  60  1:15 PM to 2:15 PM
 Financial Planning  45  2:15 PM to 3:00 PM
 Break  15  3:00 PM to 3:15 PM
 Study Management and FTA Interactions  60  3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
 Wrap Up  45  4:15 PM to 5:00 PM


If you have any questions, please contact John Witmer, FTA Region 10, at (206) 220-7964 or email john.witmer@dot.gov.

Sincerely,

/s/

R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator