VMT Summer School

Just like a California Summer, the conversation around VMT is heating up. Join us for our summer short course on everything VMT from what it is and how it affects regional government to VMT’s future. These four short sessions will get you schooled on VMT!


  • July 9th 11:30 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. Why VMT? (VMT 101): Why and how do the state and regional governments use VMT? What does VMT tell us? And what is missing by using VMT as a measurement? This session will cover the basics while spotlighting regional programs around the state to provide a baseline for the work to come.
    • Speaker: Mike Manville, Professor and Chair of Urban Planning at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. See bio.


  • July 16th 11:30 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. NCST Induced Travel Calculator: Does It Add Up?: The NCST Tool has emerged as the de facto VMT modeling tool. But like any model, it has its strengths and weaknesses. This session will attempt to look “under the hood,” so to speak, to understand what the model is telling us and what that means for different regions and different projects.
    • Speakers:
      • Jim Damkowitch, Principal & Managing Director at DKS Associates, Sacramento. See bio.
      • Eric Sundquist, Deputy Director for Sustainability at Caltrans. See bio.
      • Jamey Volker, Assistant Professional Researcher at Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. See bio.


  • August 1st 11:30 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. The Great Mitigating: Can We Be Driven to Drive Less?: What is the best way to actually mitigate VMT? Do we have the tools we need? Can SB 743 be harnessed in a way that can help regions achieve their SB 375 targets? What are the best practices for mitigation? What examples are out there? And how will we address issues like equity? Do we have more questions than answers?
    • Speakers:
      • Ted Lamm, Associate Director at the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment (CLEE), UC Berkeley School of Law. See bio.
      • Ethan Elkind, Director of the Climate Program, CLEE, UC Berkeley School of Law. See bio.
      • Heidi Vonblum, City Planning Director, City of San Diego. See bio.
      • Matt Kelly, Senior Transportation Planner, Contra Costa Transportation Authority. See bio.


  • August 8th 11:30 A.M. – 1:15 P.M. The Future of VMT: Should we break up with VMT?: Ron and Bill will talk about the impact of using VMT on regional government and the communities we serve. Is it the right tool to meet its stated purpose? How can we use it effectively meet additional state goals? Is there something better out there? The hosts will also invite a couple of special guests to share their thoughts and opinions. You will want to tune in to see who shows up.
    • Speakers:
      • Ron Milam, Director of Evolving the Status Quo, Fehr & Peers. See bio.

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