Meet Toole Design in Philadelphia for ITE 2024

We are excited to sponsor and participate in the 2024 Joint ITE International Meeting and Exhibition being held July 21–24 in Philadelphia, PA. The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) conference brings together transportation professionals from a variety of disciplines and locations around the world to share innovative tools, technologies, and best practices. The goal, according to this year’s theme, is “creating safer, smarter mobility.” Toole Design is proud to share how we’re doing just that in Philadelphia and beyond — and we look forward to continuing the momentum for years to come.

Throughout the conference, Toole Design staff will be on hand to connect with you, including President Jennifer Toole; Multimodal Design Practice Lead Jeremy Chrzan; Director of Planning, Mid-Atlantic Region Dan Goodman; and Director of Operations, Mid-Atlantic Region Cipriana Patterson — as well as staff from our Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Silver Spring, and Oakland teams. In addition to our panel sessions, technical tours, and award receptions, we are proud sponsors of the VIP reception on Sunday evening. Get session details below, learn about some of our Philadelphia projects, and reach out to connect with us at ITE!

Our Philadelphia Story

Toole Design has a long history of collaborating with the City of Philadelphia to create a more connected and sustainable transportation network. We developed their first pedestrian and bicycle plans and have gone on to complete several plan updates. Since then, we’ve helped to implement many projects in the region, including separated bike lanes on 5th Street, 10th Street, 13th Street, Race Street, and more. We also designed buffered bike lanes with protected intersections on Spruce and Pine Streets, which are some of the most heavily traveled bike lanes in the city with over 500k bicycle trips per year. 

A cyclist riding in the buffered bike lane alongside vehicle in Philadelphia, PA.
A cyclist bikes in the buffered bike lane on Pine Street.

Beyond bike network planning and design, the City is working to address safety issues along Roosevelt Boulevard, one of the most dangerous corridors in the United States. Our team has been involved from initial concept design and rollout of the SEPTA Direct Bus program, and we continue to be involved in efforts to redesign and reconstruct the corridor for all modes. 

We were also proud to partner with the City to perform the initial station siting and rollout of the Indego Bike Share System, which now handles over 1 million trips per year. 

An Indego bike share station located in Philadelphia, PA.
An Indego bike share station outside the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

Monday, July 22

Project Engineer Clay Sublett will present on the City of Philadelphia’s human-centered approach to Vision Zero. He will highlight the Slow Zones program, where community members are invited to take part in the planning and design of traffic calming measures. Learn more.

In this session, Cipriana Patterson will share recommended actions for building meaningful partnerships with universities to bolster diversity in the workplace. Learn more.

Tuesday, July 23

Cipriana Patterson will also moderate a plenary session on the lived experiences of people affected by racial disparities in our transportation systems. Panelists will examine how inequities and marginalization have been perpetuated, before closing with innovative solutions and transformative approaches we can apply today. Learn more.

In this session, Dan Goodman and Jeremy Chrzan will share how curbless and shared streets can contribute to an enhanced public realm that balances the needs of all users, while contributing to safety, economic development, equity, and sustainability. You’ll also learn about two specific projects that have applied these concepts, followed by a moderated roundtable discussion. Learn more.

Tour the current renovation project and learn about the plans for a new 30th Street Station with Carrie Long. Planned renovations will enhance the station’s functionality and improve the customer experience for Amtrak, SEPTA, and NJ TRANSIT customers. Learn more.

Transportation Engineering Group Manager Will Haynes will present planning recommendations for speed limit implementation under the Safe Systems Approach, and how it differs from the current approach. He will also cover how this can be applied across jurisdictions of varying sizes, states, and contexts. Learn more.

Wednesday, July 24

Jeremy Chrzan will explore how embedding PROWAG’s accessibility guidelines when constructing or reconstructing elements in the public-right-of-way can result in more inclusive streets and sidewalks for vulnerable road users. Learn more.

President Jennifer Toole will facilitate a conversation about meeting the transportation needs of people with ASD and IDDs. This session will explore the latest research, existing programs to help train them to travel independently, and specific street designs that can accommodate their needs more equitably. Learn more.

In this session on the role of transportation in making communities thrive, Carrie Long will present on the specific actions cities can take to prepare for the e-bike revolution, get ahead of the challenges, and harness the immense opportunities for more sustainable transportation. Learn more.

In addition to the sessions above, we will also be celebrating Senior Planner Carrie Long and Project Engineer I Sofia Pollmann as they are recognized as ITE Young Leaders to Follow for 2024! And Sofia will be lending her expertise as a judge in the Resilience in the Face of Climate Change sandbox competition.

We’re looking forward to these opportunities to connect, to reflect on all we’ve done together so far, and to dream big about safer, smarter mobility — for Philadelphia and for your own communities.

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