Alternatives Analysis Course


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07-16-08

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be offering an Alternatives Analysis course on October 28-30, 2008 in Washington, DC. 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. A copy of the agenda for the last course in Seattle, WA is below. The agenda for the Washington, DC offering will be virtually the same. Future offerings in 2009 have not yet been planned.

A block of rooms has been set aside at the Washington Court Hotel (202-628-2100). Registration can be made at http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=638874. A limited number of guest rooms have been reserved at the Washington Court Hotel at the conference rate of $239 per night. Please mention that you are with the Federal Transit Administration group when making your reservation.

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.

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.
 
The draft agenda used for the course is below:

Workshop on Alternatives Analysis
Federal Transit Administration
July 22 - 24, 2008

Mayflower Park Hotel
405 Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98101

Agenda

Day #1

 Breakfast  60  8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
 1 - Welcome and Overview  30  9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
 2 - Planning & Development of New Starts Projects  75  9:30 AM to 10:45 AM
 Break  15  10:45 AM to 11:00 AM
 3 - FTA Req for & Involvement in Alternatives Analysis  30  11:00 AM to 11:30 AM
 4 - FTA Req for Alternatives Analysis  30  11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
 Lunch  75  12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
 5 - Discussion: Big Picture Questions  45  1:15 PM to 2:00 PM
 6 - Information for Decisionmaking  30  2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
 Break  15  2:30 PM to 2:45 PM
 7 - Purpose and Need  45  2:45 PM to 3:30 PM
 8 - Workshop on Problem Definition  60  3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
 9 - Wrap Up  15  4:30 PM to 4:45 PM

Day #2  

 Breakfast  60  7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
 10 - Introduction to Day 2  30  8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
 11 - Alternatives -- Basics  60  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
 Break  15  10:00 AM to 10:15 AM
 12 - Alternatives -- Challenges  60  10:15 AM to 11:15 AM
 13 - Discussion: Alternatives  45  11:15 AM to 12:00 PM
 Lunch  75  12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
 14 - Workshop on Alternatives  75  1:15 PM to 2:30 PM
 Break  15  2:30 PM to 2:45 PM
 15 - Engineering and Capital Costing  90  2:45 PM to 4:15 PM
 16 - O&M Costing  30  4:15 PM to 4:45 PM
 17 - Wrap Up  15  4:45 PM to 5:00 PM


Day #3

 Breakfast  60  7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
 18 - Introduction to Day 3  30  8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
 19 - Transportation Benefits  90  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
 Break  15  10:30 AM to 10:45 AM
 20 - Land Use  45  10:45 AM to 11:30 AM
 Lunch  75  11:30 AM to 12:45 PM
 21 - Environmental Analysis  60  12:45 PM to 1:45 PM
 22 - Financial Planning  45  1:45 PM to 2:30 PM
 Break  15  2:30 PM to 2:45 PM
 23 - Study Management  45  2:45 PM to 3:30 PM
 24 - Wrap Up  30  3:30 PM to 4:00 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/ Linda Gehrke for

R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator