Online Training Resources

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, we are still here to help you advance your agency and develop productive employees through transportation education. Online training opportunities will be added as we receive them. We look forward to the day when we can return to classroom learning, until then we hope you will take advantage of these opportunities during this time.

Online Training with LTAP

LTAP Centers across the country are providing opportunities for online learning at no cost. 

SCLTAP Self Paced Webinars

While COVID-19 keeps us out of the classroom with in person training, we know keeping your employees engaged with professional development is still a priority. We created several self-paced webinars that can be viewed anywhere, at anytime, and at no cost. Current topics include:

  • Signage and the MUTCD
  • Asset Management for Local Agencies
  • Right of Way Maintenance
  • Road Safety Audits
  • Increasing Employee Engagement

For other training opportunities from our LTAP partners across the country, continue scrolling to learn more and register!

Conducting Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity Inspection

July 8-9 | 10am-12pm EST

This will be 2-day (2 hours each session) program.  Participants are welcome to join any of the two parts however a certificate of attendance will only be issued to those that attend the full session on both days.  Make sure to sign in with your full name to receive credit.

Log on instructions for both sessions will be in your registration confirmation. If you do not receive immediate confirmation, please check your SPAM folder or email barbara.morgan@soe.rutgers.edu

Conducting Traffic Sign Retroreflectivity Inspection will provide online training for field inspectors to perform traffic sign retroreflectivity inspection using the approved methods by the FHWA for agencies responsible for sign maintenance. The 2009 Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) established minimum levels for traffic sign retroflectivity that must be maintained by all agencies with roadways open to the public. For traffic signs to be effective providing important information to drivers, they must be visible both day and night.

Course Outline
1. Background
2. Retroreflectivity
3. Minimum retroreflectivity requirements
4. Visual inspection methods

  • Comparison Panel Procedure
  • Calibrated Sign Procedure
  • Consistent Parameters Procedure

5. Retroreflectivity Measurement
6. Overview of Management Methods

Log on instructions will be in your registration confirmation.

Building Intelligence for Next Generation Traffic Management

July 10 | 1pm EST

Today, we are witnessing a slow degradation in the level of service highway network. On one hand, current traffic demand increases annually at the rate of 1 to 2 percent, while with a shrinking highway trust fund, the level of investments in the transportation network either remains constant or declines every year. This has resulted in a deteriorating quality of travel. As an example, the number of hours spent in congestion by commuters increases at the rate of 1 to 2 percent every year. In the transportation sector, the last decade was focused on making significant capital investments for enhancing the abilities to actively monitor and control the traffic networks remotely. Agencies installed several traffic cameras and sensors along with communication networks to provide operators real-time access to their systems.

This has set the stage for the next era of technology for disrupting the core of transportation management. We use a triad of disruptive technologies, built upon the enhanced ITS framework, to challenge the current status-quo and improve both the safety and efficiency of the transportation system without capital expense. The three main technology breakthroughs used in our lab for next-generation solution are, namely, i) inclusion of heterogeneous data sources for getting the holistic picture, ii) domain augmented artificial intelligence (AI) to assist in decision making, and, iii) big data analytics on the cloud to reduce IT infrastructure investments. This talk will present these technologies in more detail and describe how field of transportation will evolve in the coming years.

Decentralized Wastewater Solutions – Where On-site Commercial and Municipal Treatment Technologies Meet

July 14 | 9:30am – 10:30am EST

Decentralized wastewater systems have become an increasingly popular option for engineers and owners when a municipal sewer connection is out of sight and out of budget. Decentralized wastewater solutions have become more abundant and flexible to meet the needs of these types of projects, which may include privately owned commercial jobs, such as restaurants, resorts, and mobile home parks, as well as municipal applications, such as small communities, rural developments, golf courses, stadiums, and airports with flows up to and in excess of 250,000 gpd. This presentation will review design considerations and applications for the three major components of decentralized wastewater systems: 1) Collection, 2) Treatment, and 3) Dispersal.

FoRRRwD with the Systemic Approach: Prioritizing Locations and Projects

July 14 | 1pm-3pm EST

Rural roadway departures make up a third of U.S. traffic fatalities—about 30 people a day. The Every Day Counts round five (EDC-5) initiative, Focus on Reducing Rural Roadway Departures (FoRRRwD), features four pillars: Addressing All Public Roads, Systemic Approach, Safety Action Plans, and Proven Countermeasures. This webinar focuses on the second pillar, the Systemic Approach.

State, local, and tribal agencies – come discover how other agencies prioritize and evaluate the benefits of systemic projects that maximize reductions in roadway departure crashes.

Speakers and Topics to be covered include:

• Robert Peterson, Caltrans, will provide a brief overview of Caltrans’ Systemic Safety Analysis Report Program (SSARP) and the transition to LRSPs, then discuss how Caltrans is prioritizing systemic roadway departure projects using benefit-cost analyses.

• Christina McDaniel-Wilson, Oregon DOT, will discuss ODOT’s systemic screening process for Roadway Departure using the safety priority index system and the use of benefit-cost ratios to prioritize systemic projects.

• Ed Hanscom, Maine DOT, will discuss the systemic approach to roadway departure crashes in Maine and how they utilized risk factors and exposure to determine countermeasure cost effectiveness and the most appropriate sites for treatment.


Please Note: Non-USDOT employees who have never participated in an FHWA webinar must create an account at https://collaboration.fhwa.dot.gov/FBA/MembershipRequest.aspx in order to register for this webinar.

**FHWA recommends using Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer for optimal registration experience.**

Gravel Roads Webinar Series Session 3: Maintenance Practices Part 2

July 15 | 11am – 12pm EST

This free webinar series is based on our most popular and longest running in-person workshop—gravel road maintenance and design. One-hour sessions address specific topics and answer your most pressing issues.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to address potholes, washboards, windrows, disc retrievers, and more. Register to join us for the live broadcast or, if you can’t make it, check our website for the recording after the event.

Who Should Attend: Supervisors, operators, and township officials responsible for maintaining gravel roads and anyone interested in gravel road maintenance.

If you missed Session 1 or 2, click here to watch the webinar recordings!

Pothole Patching and Repair

July 16 | 12pm-2pm EST

Using proper patching and repair techniques can improve structural integrity and restore rideability for pavements experiencing local failures. This 2-hour web conference compares partial- and full-depth repair techniques and the materials used to implement them. By the end of the training, you will be able to: • Describe the types of distresses best addressed by each treatment. • Describe recommended materials and mixtures for each treatment. • Describe recommended construction procedures and key quality control activities for each treatment.

A Local Agency Perspective on Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures

July 16 | 1pm EST

In recent years the amount of data that can be obtained from traffic signal systems has been greatly increased with the introduction of data logging software in controllers and through external devices. This can be used to derive many different analytical tools, called Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measures (ATSPM), for monitoring and evaluating signal timing and detector maintenance. This presentation will give both an introductory background on what ATSPMs are, the requirements for implementing the technology, and some example use cases including an update on related research activities in Iowa.

Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) Intersections Webinar

July 16 | 2pm-3:30pm EST

Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists face greater mobility challenges and safety risks at intersections as traffic volumes grow and congestion worsens. Agencies need safer, more balanced designs that keep people moving. Innovative intersection designs offer many safety and operational benefits, and are being built more often because they can deliver more for less. In the case of U-Turn-based intersection designs, certain movements that are higher risk – such as direct left-turns – are modified to a combination of right-turns and U-turns. The Restricted Crossing U-Turn (RCUT) design has proven to be a very successful strategy to reduce the number and severity of intersection crashes and improve traffic operations.

This webinar will cover:

  • What is an RCUT?
  • How do they work?
  • Why are they advantageous?
  • Where are they applicable
  • Are they beneficial for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • What are some fundamental design considerations for RCUTs
  • Do RCUTs require special signs or pavement markings?

 

The presenter will be Mark Doctor, P.E. with FHWA’s Resource Center.

Participants who stay on the webinar for the complete time will receive a certificate for 1.5 hours. The certificate can be utilized for PDH / CPD credit if the participant chooses.

Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking Instantly

July 21 | 2pm-3pm EST

The Florida LTAP Center presents this webinar on Tips to Improve Your Public Speaking Instantly.

According to Forbes.com, Warren Buffet has just one diploma hanging in his office. It’s for a public speaking class. Public speaking is one of the most valuable skills you can have. However, most people are either not good at it or too afraid to try. This fear limits you in your career specifically and life generally. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this webinar, communication specialist and public speaking teacher Kevin Elliott will start you on the road to unlocking this marketable skill.

You will learn:
• Why you (and everyone else) are afraid of public speaking.
• Some common mistakes made by even big-time public speakers.
• Three practical tips that will improve your public speaking instantly.

INSTRUCTOR BIO Kevin Elliott is a Senior Marketing Specialist at Applied Research Associates. He is a seasoned public speaker with more than 20 years’ experience. Kevin presents at meetings and conferences across the country and teaches public speaking at Florida State University. He also writes strategic communication plans and manages creative outreach projects for clients including the Federal Highway Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the South Dakota Department of Transportation, among others. He lives in Panama City, Florida, with his wife, daughter, and 15 chickens.

This webinar is being provided at no cost, and will award 1 PDH for attending and completing the full session.

 

The Human Trafficking Tie to Transportation

July 22 | 1pm-2:30pm EST

Human traffickers exploit legitimate systems within multiple business sectors for their profits. Traffickers are using resources within the transportation sector to move their victims. Transportation is also a way out for survivors. This webinar will feature research-based data, survivor-informed messaging, practical ways that you can identify potential incidents of human trafficking, what to safely do with what you observe and how you can encourage others to join you in the fight to end modern day slavery. 

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what human trafficking is and how it is affecting the transportation sector;
  • Utilize existing resources for safely reporting cases of suspected human trafficking;
  • Influence your co-workers, business associates, community, family and friends to join in the fight to end modern day slavery.

Target Audience
This training is directed towards a very broad safety audience including, but not limited to, law enforcement, planners, engineers, first responders, elected officials, public health, tourism agencies, and safety culture experts. Participants should have some basic familiarity with transportation safety.

Tort Liability & Risk Management for Local Public Agencies / Webinar Series Course

August 4, 6, 11, & 13 | 2pm-3:30pm EST

This course, which is presented as a 4-part webinar series, provides an overview of the legal duties and responsibilities of roadway personnel. A key objective of this training is to use the lessons learned from tort claims filed against road agencies to develop countermeasures and risk management strategies to enhance traffic safety and reduce crashes. Key legal concepts relating to the liability of roadway agencies are reviewed from a risk management standpoint. Common types of claims/lawsuits brought against street departments and roadway agencies are identified through examples and case studies. Risk management principles aimed at 1) reducing and preventing crashes and claims and 2) helping agencies defend claims will be highlighted. Practical risk management activities will also be identified.

Instructor – Dr. Ron Eck, P.E. with the West Virginia LTAP Center

Develop Skills that Drive Agility Throughout Uncertainty

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The COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced the need- now more than ever- for skills that will help your workforce remain adaptive in changing environments. As we emerge from the crisis in a new digital workplace, are your employees equipped with core skills that will help your organization thrive in a “new normal?” 

Stress Management

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How to improve workplace happiness, reduce turnover, and elevate productivity and culture.

Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

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Crosswalk Visibility

Crosswalk Visibility Enhancements, one of the STEP program countermeasures, can reduce crash risk for pedestrians by using low cost improvements such as signage, markings, and overhead lighting to increase the conspicuity of pedestrians at or in the crosswalk.

Refuge Islands

Pedestrian Refuge Islands, one of the
STEP program countermeasures, can reduce crash risk for pedestrians by providing a raised median in the middle of the roadway where pedestrians may cross in two stages.

Raised Crosswalks

Raised Crosswalks, one of the STEP program countermeasures, can reduce crash risk for pedestrians by slowing traffic at intersections and mid-block locations.

Hybrid Beacons

Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs), one of the STEP program countermeasures, can reduce crash risk for pedestrians by controlling traffic on multi-lane or high speed roadways.

Road
Diets

Road Diets, one of the STEP program countermeasures, can reduce crash risk for pedestrians by reducing vehicle speeds, turning conflicts, and crossing distance.

Social Media for
Public Works

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Data Driven Safety Analysis & Planning

Register Today | Self-Paced

The Roadway Safety Foundation is pleased to offer a self-paced introductory course on the benefits and applications of usRAP. If you’re looking for opportunities to learn and stay engaged during these challenging times, RSF is able to provide this introductory training course and professional development credits free of charge.

This course is a 1-hour overview of usRAP to help decision makers, officials, and engineers decide if usRAP is right for their needs. It covers the history of usRAP, the research basis for its protocols, the process of conducting a usRAP study, and the outputs from usRAP’s ViDA software. This course is appropriate for a general audience looking for an introduction to usRAP.

Statewide and Metropolitan Transportation Programming

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Are you a transportation planning or programming professional interested in learning about metropolitan transportation improvement programs?  If so, this web-based training is for you!

This new course provides introductory-level information on the process and requirements for developing and implementing metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs) and Statewide Transportation Improvement Programs (STIPs). The training includes administrative modifications and amendments, public involvement, financial planning and performance-based planning and programming (PBPP).

The training highlights the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)/Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requirements for statewide, non-metropolitan, and metropolitan transportation planning and programming processes. 
The three-hour, web-based training (WBT), will help you to learn the following:

  • Recognize how metropolitan areas and States reach decisions on transportation policies, plans, and programs.
  • Identify major funding sources and the flexibility to use funds in addressing metropolitan and statewide transportation needs.
  • Identify the role of key documents in transportation decision-making.
  • Define the concept of fiscal constraint in relation to financial planning and programming.
  • Identify how projects are selected and programmed in the STIP/TIP.
  • Identify processes related to transportation program approval and implementation.
  • Transportation planning and programming professional will learn the connection between long-range transportation planning and prioritizing projects within TIPs and STIPs. You will also earn 0.3 continuing education units (CEUs) for certification. 

Improve your organization’s transportation decision-making process and register for this course today!

Talent Management Strategies for Agencies in Turbulent Times

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As agencies face unprecedented hurdles in today’s world, employee needs are the top priority for HR and L&D leaders. With the right resources in place, government agencies can continue to provide consistent and transparent communication and uninterrupted employee development and onboarding—further strengthening the agency.

Join us for a conversation with representatives from Collier County, FL Human Resources, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. We will discuss how they have overcome obstacles in their employee onboarding and development to deliver highly effective talent management strategies during turbulent times.

You’ll learn how two distinct agencies have overcome obstacles such as:

  • Training different compositions of their workforce with varying degrees of technological capabilities;
  • Labor and employee relations concerns;
  • Rate of required change; and,
  • Positioning technology as an enabler and not a barrier.

 

During this conversation, we will highlight lessons learned that you may be able to apply in your agency to help cover these or similar obstacles you face.

Preparing and Communicating Effective Utility Relocation Requirements

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Implementing effective utility relocation requirements is crucial to achieve success in highway projects. Lack of utility relocation requirements can lead to:

  • Time delays in transportation projects
  • Cost overruns
  • An increase in construction contractor’s risk
  • Less qualified bidders or higher bids on transportation projects

Preparing and Communicating Effective Utility Relocation Requirements (FHWA-NHI-134117) is a self-paced, web-based training that provides state transportation and local public agency personnel and FHWA division officials with valuable knowledge on the importance of utility agreements and its requirements. 

After completing this 3.5 hour course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify and apply the elements needed for their projects
  • Improve project delivery
  • Minimize cost and time change orders in utility agreements and utility-related construction bid packages

Transportation officials, don’t allow the lack of utility relocation requirements to cause project delays. Enroll today to learn how incorporating utility relocation requirements can push your organization’s projects in the right direction.