CDTC's planning efforts draw on a wealth of information, from planning studies to white papers to peer reviewed research journals. As a result, we have extensive resources regarding transportation, public policy, land use, etc. that can be drawn upon by the public at large. We encourage those in our region to browse these resources and become better acquainted with the work we perform, the subjects that we deal with and the regulations related to transportation planning and infrastructure. 

New Visions 2050 Learning Series

The New Visions Learning Series includes local government training and webinars geared towards planners, engineers, and other transportation professionals. Register for a webinar or watch the webinar recordings.

Video Series by Topic Area

Below is a curated collection of videos that highlights topics of interest to CDTC and local governments in the region. New videos are added regularly so please check back! For feedback on the collection or ideas on new topics or videos to include, please contact Rima Shamieh at


Open Streets in the Capital Region: Opportunities Out of COVID Challenges

Communities across the US and around the world are remaking their streets, sidewalks and outdoor space in response to COVID challenges. Listen in on how two Capital Region communities were able to quickly pivot and provide “streateries”, recreation, and public art, and about open street possibilities for NYS routes with NYSDOT’s permitting process. The potential for permanent activities in the future were also highlighted. Presenters: Katie Hammon, Executive Director of the Troy BID, Chris Spencer, Commissioner of Development and Planning for the City of Albany and Liz Kormos, Village of Ballston Spa Trustee.

Source: Capital District Regional Planning Commission

*NEW* COVID-19 Transportation Challenges

Closing Streets to Create Space for Walking and Biking During COVID-19 Full Webinar

Many cities already practice "open streets" and "car-free streets" on major thoroughfares as standard practice on weekends, but with the unprecedented changes we’re facing in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, converting more streets to car-free zones seven days per week could profoundly change the quality of life for millions of Americans.

Source: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Roads

Traffic has gone down across the country, but in some places, it looks like the freedom of open roads has actually led to more dangerous crashes.

Source: Newsy

Why Car-Free Streets May be Here to Stay

While increasing automobile traffic has been a growing problem in major U.S. cities, the threat of Covid-19 has revealed what life could look like without car-clogged streets. This dramatic change triggered by pandemic shutdowns may lead to significant and permanent modifications to how we live, work and get around.

Source: Bloomberg Quick Take Originals

Access Management

Access Management and Complete Streets: Where Transportation Networks Meet Land Development

This session will cover basic principles of driveway and minor roadway access management and how these principles fit with current complete streets efforts. The goal of the session is to give planners a better understanding of commonalities between these concepts, as well as ways to integrate sound traffic management principles into land use and site design.

Source: APA Planning Webcast

Access Management - Sensible Solutions for Tomorrow's Traffic

Discusses how access management, together with good land use control, can preserve highway capacity, increase traffic flow, and slow down, or even halt, the increased construction of travel lanes.

Source: Ohio LTAP Center

Active Transportation (Bicycling and Walking)

Sustainable Transportation Winter Cycling

Cycling is a great way to stay fit, save money and reduce your carbon footprint all year round.

Source: City of Edmonton

Urban Planning 101: Active Transportation

One of a series of animated videos describing Urban Planning principles, in this case active transportation.

Source: CollingwoodPlanning

Urban Planning 101: Walkability

One of a series of animated videos describing Urban Planning principles, in this case, walkability.

Source: CollinwoodPlanning

Safe Cycling

Cycling in a suburban setting on multi-lane roads around trucks and other large vehicles. 

Source: Eamonn

Autonomous Vehicles

How Will Automated Vehicles Transform our Cities

Nico Larco, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at University of Oregon, pulls back the curtain to preview how autonomous vehicles will shape the future planning of our parks, cities and life as we know it.

Source: TEDxCollege Park - TEDxTalks

Riding a Waymo Self-Driving Taxi

Waymo tested a driverless taxi service called Waymo One in Arizona. The company has been operating self-driving cars, occasionally without safety drivers behind the wheel, for about a year and half now. Listen to what they have been learning. 

Source: The Verge

Autonomous Vehicles: Part 1 - The Driverless Future Starts in Trucking

Automotive companies are showcasing driverless vehicles in a wide range of environments all around the world. While human- and passenger-carrying cars may still be a few years away, it’s very likely that goods-carrying trucks will be given the green light soon.

Source: Robotics and Automation News

Car Traffic Congestion

How to Fix Traffic Forever

Ramp meters in Minnesota and Stockholm' pay-to-drive plan demonstrate how removing a relatively small number of cars from roads can have a large positive impact on traffic congestion. Adding more lanes has the opposite effect. 

Source: Wendover Productions

Rice and Traffic Congestion

Rice poured through a funnel at different rates simply demonstrates with happens when too many cars try to use the same road at the same time.

Source: WSDOT

Complete Streets and Tactical Urbanism

Complete Streets: It's About More Than Just Bike Lanes

Streetfilms talked to transportation engineers, elected leaders, community board members, people on the street, and business owners to get their thoughts on the redesigned Columbus Avenue, First and Second Avenues and Prospect Park West in New York City. 

Source: Streetfilms

Rethinking Streets for Successful Communities

This video helps explain why we need to rethink the way our streets are designed and used, keeping in mind that the type of redevelopment depends on the context and land use of the area. 

Source: MORPC

Complete Streets: Planning 101

Complete streets are fundamental to healthier and sustainable communities. These streets are safe, efficient, convenient, equitable, and based upon good policy and planning principles that serve present and future generations. Learn about the role that complete streets play in communities.

Source: OntarioPlanners

Architects Hands: How Can We Design Better Streets

Evelīna Ozola speaks about the importance of the street as a public space and ways of reclaiming it. Evelīna comes up with an attractive and thought-provoking method of prototyping street space and involving the society in the designing process of it.

Source: TEDxRiga - TED Talks

Superblocks: How Barcelona is Taking City Streets Back From Cars

Modern cities are designed for cars. But the city of Barcelona is testing out an urban design trick that can give cities back to pedestrians.

Source: Vox

What Makes a Street Complete?

Charles T. Brown, Founder and Managing Principal of the planning and design firm Equitable Cities, LLC, held conversations with traffic safety experts about complete streets, equity and COVID-19. This video highlights their insights on the meaning and future of complete streets.

Source: UC Berkeley SafeTREC


#TransitTrends 11: Transportation Equity

Transportation is a pillar and underpinning of urban planning.  Because of our transportation system today, families are forced to make choices that can limit their opportunities.

Source: Moovel

Equity in Transportation Electrification

This webinar explores the key dimensions of equity as it relates to transportation electrification programs. It discusses why it is so critical to center equity early in program development, explore strategies for developing effective programs and highlight some promising strategies, developments and pilot projects.

Source: Forth

Transportation Equity

Though Long Island is one of America’s 10 wealthiest suburbs, lack of access to public transportation hinders those who rely on the system to get to work. Aaron Watkins-Lopez and Dr. Richard Koubek discuss transportation equity and explore what can be done to mitigate these and similar worker’s justice issues.

Source: PBS Long Island Business Report

Freight Planning

Land Use and Freight

Learn the basics of combining freight with passenger travel.

Source: McGill Transportation

Setting the Freight Stage

Our freight transportation system is one of the great strengths of our nation. It is a vast, complex network of almost seven million miles of highways and local roads, railways, waterways and pipelines underpinning the freight economy.

Source: FHWA

Infrastructure Investment

Investing in Infrastructure: Transportation 101 with AASHTO's Joung Lee

For a number of reasons, the gas tax is no longer generating the revenue needed to maintain road infrastructure. A fee based on vehicle miles travelled (VMT) would be more effective in generating revenue given changing technologies and driving habits.

Source: Transportation TV

Land Use - Transportation Connection

Built Environment Impacts on Active Travel

Our transportation patterns and preferences are heavily influenced by the built environment and active transportation. Learn the basics of infrastructure and community design needed to facilitate active travel.

Source: McGill Transportation

TransitScreen Talks: Planning for the Future of Mobility & Understanding MobilityScore

The face of urban and land-use planning is changing as the mobility landscape continues to evolve. Learn how MobilityScore can be a tool for planners to evaluate options.

Source: TransitScreen Talks

The Future of Suburban Retrofit

June Williamson, co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia, shares insights on how new technologies, demographics, and climates will impact Suburban Retrofit projects over the next 25 years. 

Source: Congress for New Urbanism

7 Principles for Building Better Cities

Peter Calthorpe shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities.

Source: TED

Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development is one of the 25 Great Ideas of New Urbanism. Learn about the role of transit in placemaking.

Source: Congress for the New Urbanism

Parking Management

The High Cost of Free Parking

Hidden parking rules hurt our cities. Will Chilton and Paul Mackie of Mobility Lab explain.

Source: Vox

Why Protected Bike Lanes are More Valuable than Parking Spaces

A parking protected bike lane creates a buffer between the traffic of cars, trucks and buses and cyclists, making the streets safer for those on bikes, improve traffic flow for vehicles and can spur increased retail sales for businesses nearby.

Source: Vox

TransitScreen Talks: The Future of Parking & Its Impact on Real Estate

Join Gabe Klein to discuss the changes coming in the world of parking and what that means for the world of real estate.

Source: TransitScreen Talks

Traffic Demand Management (TDM)

What is TDM? Shaping a New Era of Transportation Options

Learn about what TDM really is, how it works, and why it’s a key part of the transportation discussion.

Source: Mobility Lab

Capitol Hill Sustainable Transport Program Cuts Drive-Alone Trips 16%

See how Capitol Hill, USA cut drive-alone car trips by 16%, further reducing traffic congestion in a community where most travel was already not drive-alone.

Source: Tools of Change Mini-Case Study Videos

Chicago Active Transport Program Engages Marginalized Communities

See how Chicago, IL increased walking, biking, and transit use in marginalized communities, while decreasing drive-alone car travel and reducing traffic congestion.

Source: Tools of Change Mini-Case Study Videos

#TransitTrends Episode 1: Are We Too Cool To Carpool?

Filling just a few of empty seats on the roads everyday could put a huge dent in traffic, so why hasn't it caught on in more cities? Are we too cool to carpool?

Source: moovel becomes REACH NOW


"Walk this Way" Pedestrian Safety for Young Children

"Walk This Way" shows elementary-school aged children what a walker is and how to safely walk. It also stresses the importance of walking with a parent/guardian/older sibling, and shows dangerous crossing situations and how to address them.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Suburban Retrofitting

Understanding Sprawl Repair

‘Sprawl Repair’ can be defined as transforming fragmented, isolated, and car-dependent development into “complete communities.” Is it possible to repair sprawling suburbs and create more livable, robust, and eco-sensitive communities where they do not exist?

Source: CNU Utah

The Suburban Wasteland: How the 'Burbs Bankrupt Us

Deteriorating health, political radicalization, social isolation, ecological destruction, and enormous financial waste can all be linked to a subrban development. We explore how the suburban experiment puts enormous financial pressure on its residents and governments, and just might be building up into a fiscal time bomb for the entire nation.

Source: Eco Gecko

Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations

#TransitTrends Episode 10: Electric Vehicles and the Environment

Jeff Allen, Executive Director of Drive Oregon, discusses electric mobility innovation, beyond electric cars, and the challenge of connecting with consumers.

Source: moovel becomes REACH NOW

Smart Cities - Infrastructure and Transport of the Future

How do we build the cities and the infrastructure of tomorrow in a more sustainable way? Imagine a silent and emission free city. Imagine a cleaner safer and more resource efficient world. This is one scenario for the future.

Source: Volvo Group

Transit and Multiple Modes

How to Increase Bus Ridership by 70% in Your City

Bus ridership jumped by more than 70% between 2012 and 2017 in Kingston, ON. In this video, Dan Hendry discusses how they achieved that. 

Source: Sustainability Illustrated

Microtransit: Wave of the Future or Flavor of the Month?

Nora Chin, Transportation Planner from the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, discusses LAnow: the LA Microtransit Program. LADOT Transit believes microtransit has the potential to reduce operating costs, improve efficiency and experience and introduce a new group of people to public transit. 

Source: USC Price

Planning for Sustainabile Transport in Mid and Small Size Cities

Small and mid size cities face unique challenges in the quest for sustainable transportation. Learn some of the principles planners should keep in mind when planning transit for these cities.

Source: McGill Trasnportation

Study: San Francisco Public Transit Takes Hit with Ride-Hailing Apps

A study by the University of Kentucky has found a significant drop in public transit use in San Francisco and other major cities, as more people turn to ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft.

Source: KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area

How Seville Handles Where Bus Stops & Protected Bus Lanes Meet

Seville, Spain has designed bus stops to coexist with protected bike lanes. Learn how. 

Source: Streetfilms

Traffic Reliability

Organizing for Reliability

John Conrad, Consultant, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, discusses improving Systems Management and Operations with SHRP2 Reliability Products 

Source: Institute for Transportation Engineers

Active Transportation and Demand Management Program

Active Transportation and Demand Management (ATDM) is a management philosophy and suite of operations tools used to improve transportation reliability, efficiency, and safety. ATDM includes Active Traffic Management, Active Demand Management, and Active Parking Management. This video explains the ATDM concept and includes examples and testimonials from various ATDM adopters throughout the U.S.


Transportation Infrastructure Investment

How Increased Public Transit Funding Strengthens Local Economies and Create More Jobs

In 2017, the American Public Transportation Association released an analysis on how greater investment in public transportation could forge a stronger economy and create more jobs. Public transit leaders describe what increased investment in public transportation projects would mean for their transit systems and their local communities.

Source: APTAtv

Public Health and Transportation

Health Impact Assessment in Transportation Planning

Health impact assessment (HIA) has emerged in the U.S. as a promising way to increase social and environmental justice by addressing health equity within transportation planning. This webinar reviews stakeholder engagement strategies, planning and public health professional perspectives and identifies best practices.

Source: TREC at PSU

Transportation and Health

Transportation and public health are connected in many ways. This video explores how transportation and health professionals are working together at the state, county and local level.

Source: OregonDOT

Public Health & Transportation

Dr. Moore is an endocrinologist who does consulting work at the clinical care-public health intersection. In this video, he presents on the impact of transportation on community health. 

Source: WAPMO Kansas

Smart Cities

What is a smart city?

Learn the basics about modern cities using technology to implement infrastructure, communications and sustainability to improve citizens’ quality of life.

Source: VINCI Energies