Climate & Resilience

We have developed specialized services to help our clients address transportation-related greenhouse gas reduction, adaptations to a changing climate, and resilience to disruptions that may affect the transportation system.

Climate Change & Resilience

We have developed specialized services to help our clients address transportation-related greenhouse gas reduction, adaptations to a changing climate, and resilience to disruptions that may affect the transportation system.

As the transportation industry, climate, and our world continually change and evolve, we must transform and adapt our methods, planning, strategy, and thinking to provide exactly what clients need to improve their communities and proactively guide their futures. Changes in climate, legislation, technology, community values, and travel demands are ongoing, and they all impact how communities manage and approach transportation. Finding answers to these new challenges in partnership with our clients and communities is our specialty.

Our climate mitigation work

balances the need to travel with greenhouse (GHG) and emissions reduction goals for communities.

Our adaptation work

assists clients in imagining future alternatives that respond to a changing climate and long-term, community-identified mobility needs.

Our resilience work

supports clients in planning for and responding to transportation system disruptions caused by climate change and other natural disasters, in order to keep people connected to the places they need to go.

Disruptions in Transportation & Their Unequal Impacts

Disruptions in Transportation & Their Unequal Impacts

Increasing numbers of phenomena have disrupted our transportation system recently, and many of them have resulted in inequitable impacts on communities. We explored these dynamics in the realm of transportation equity.
TrendLab+ 2020: Scenario Planning for Pandemic Recovery

TrendLab+ 2020: Scenario Planning for Pandemic Recovery

Our FP Think group completed development of the new, customizable TrendLab+ 2020 tool for forecasting travel demand effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our further advancement of the TrendLab+ 2020 tool led to the discovery of several important results related to vehicle miles traveled and transit ridership.

We engage at the forefront of efforts to address the effects transportation and climate change have on one another.

We serve as a national leader in developing innovative transportation solutions that help communities, regions, and states achieve their sustainability and climate goals. Our climate leaders are involved in the most recent developments, strategies, and implementation methods to provide current and effective information to our clients, and you will frequently see them working with diverse stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes, as well as sharing knowledge and best practices at conferences and events.

We examine and advise based on specific community needs.

Our approach to advising and planning is based on partnering with clients – listening and understanding first to see where the needs and concerns are in each individual community. We then identify transportation-related climate mitigation and adaptation strategies based on our expertise and experience that are customized to client needs and goals, whatever those may be: planning for and complying with new legislation to reduce GHGs or electrify bus fleets, minimizing vehicle travel and enhancing travel efficiency, improving access to sustainable transportation options, responding to locally-specific climate risks, or bridging the divide between sustainability efforts, transportation planning, and engineering.

We recognize and prioritize the big picture and the long view to assist our clients and communities.

We find many communities grappling with the environmental consequences of past choices, and acknowledge the need to understand our history as we seek to repair broken systems and envision a future that includes a changing climate. Accordingly, we work to co-create community-driven solutions that respond to predicted climate impacts in diverse contexts and embed long-term strategies that build resilience into existing processes, such as asset management plans, state of good repair plans, evacuation plans, and hazard mitigation plans.

California SB 743

Conventional approaches to transportation impact analysis tend to focus on explaining how transportation projects affect driving instead of how those projects may change the amount of driving that will occur. While changes to driving conditions and increasing travel times are important considerations for traffic operations and management, these changes do not fully describe environmental effects associated with fuel consumption, emissions, and public health. California Senate Bill 743 (SB 743) changes the focus of transportation impact analysis in CEQA from measuring impacts to drivers to measuring the impact of driving. We help California clients to understand this shift and to plan for its implementation.

Delve deeper along with us into understanding and navigating the changing challenges of climate change in transportation.

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