Choosing Your Transportation Career

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A presentation to aspiring urban planners about pursing a career in transportation and its impact on the built environment.

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  • Why do we care? Well, one of the first things that come to mind is what Jean just talked about – our changing country. How could it get this bad in only 25 years?
  • Not only are there obesity impacts of urban sprawl – traffic fatality rates are significantly higher in sprawling communities
  • On top of changes in demographics, we also need to realize the impact private transportation has on greenhouse gas emissions in California. The single largest source of GHGe in CA is from the transportation sector…
  • Things we don’t do:-Build highways or infrastructure. Roadway capacity expansion (unless it is absolutely, absolutely needed)
  • How is the work you do unique to your organization? What are some of the most fulfilling aspects of your job? What are some of the most challenging aspects of your job? What type of interests/personality would go into this field? What are some suggestions for those looking to get a job/internship?
  • How is the work you do unique to your organization? What are some of the most fulfilling aspects of your job? What are some of the most challenging aspects of your job? What type of interests/personality would go into this field? What are some suggestions for those looking to get a job/internship?
  • Choosing Your Transportation Career

    1. 1. Transportation: choosing your track NelsonNygaard Consulting AssociatesPaul SupawanichOctober 8 2012
    2. 2. why transportation?
    3. 3. Obesity Trends 1985 2010<10% 20-24% >30% Source: Center for Disease Control 3
    4. 4. US County Traffic Fatality RatesExcerpted from Evaluating Public Transportation Health Benefits, by Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, for The American PublicTransportation Association, June 2010. (Source: Ewing, Schieber and Zegeer, 2003) 4
    5. 5. California GHG Emissions by Sector (2008) High GWP Agriculture Forestry 3% 6% 0% Recycling and Waste 2% Industrial Transportation 19% 37% Commercial and Residentia 9% Electric Power 24% Source: California Air Resources Board Greenhouse Gas Inventory, 2008
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    8. 8. pursuing a career
    9. 9. Other non-transportation interesting stuff Transportation Public stuff, interesting Sector • accessible services • bicycle facilities • congestion mgt. Planning • development Transportation • environmental review • finance • freight/goods Graduate THE REAL movement School WORLD • modeling • pedestrian facilities • policy Transportation • public transportation Engineering • demand mgt. (TDM) • street design • technology • traffic ops. • more stuff • choose your own path Private Sector Other non-transportation interesting stuffYou are here
    10. 10. How did I get here?
    11. 11. Other non-transportation interesting stuff Public Sector • accessible services • bicycle facilities • congestion mgt. • development Planning • environmental review Transportation • finance • freight/goods movementGraduate THE REAL • modeling School WORLD • pedestrian facilities • policy • public transportation Transportation • demand mgt. (TDM) Engineering • street design • technology • traffic ops. Private Sector Other non-transportation interesting stuff
    12. 12. AboutNelsonNygaard
    13. 13. NelsonNygaard Founded in 1987 in San Francisco Today: Staff of 80 (less than 5 drive to work) Sustainability is at the core, both in our projects and as a firm Key Areas of Focus – Public Transportation (all types) – Complete Streets Policy and Procedures – Parking and TDM Policies for Cities and Organizations – Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Vision – To create a transportation planning firm that fosters a fun, egalitarian and creative work environment, and that provides high quality, principled work for its clients. 14
    14. 14. Seattle Our Projects and Offices Portland Boston New York Washington San Francisco DC 15
    15. 15. NN Projects 16
    16. 16. NN Projects 17
    17. 17. Chicago Safe Streets Design Manual 18
    18. 18. Chicago Safe Streets Design Manual 19
    19. 19. Chicago Safe Streets Design Manual 20
    20. 20. Chicago Safe Streets Design Manual 21
    21. 21. Chicago Safe Streets Design Manual 22
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    23. 23. Flagstaff Long Range Service Plan 24
    24. 24. choosing a career
    25. 25. Paul Supawanich, AICPpsupawanich@nelsonnygaard.comwww.nelsonnygaard.com@nelsonnygaard

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