Events / Meetings

Zero Auto Ownership (ZAO) - Phase 2 Update

When: Thursday, April 13, 2023 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

This webinar is led by the ITE Transportation Planning Council/Sustainability Standing Committee.

Webinar Description:

The original Zero Auto Ownership (ZAO) brief was published in May 2022, marking Phase 1 of the study. The brief served as a way to provide general background information about ZAO trends and potential positive impacts of ZAOas related to sustainability. The study hypothesized that equity and climate change benefits could be better evaluated if measures such as ZAO were assessed at a city, regional or corridor planning level.

To learn more about why specific trends exist around ZAO, ITE is seeking answers to the following questions in Phase 2 of the Study in partnership with Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg:

  • What economic conclusion can be reached which continues to be a big selling point for DOTs and Counties?
  • Compare and contrast factors across different geographical areas, e.g., rural and suburban areas, including cities.
  • How does having multiple modes affect ZAO trends?

The webinar will provide a brief background of Phase 1 of the study, an overview of the Phase 2 process, and discuss data sources, including the progress achieved thus far. Finally, the speakers will discuss the study's expected results from Phase 2 of the ZAO study. Transportation planning agencies in rural, suburban areas, including cities, can benefit from the prioritization approach created through this study.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees of this webinar will be able to:

  • Recognize transportation policy/planning decisions and how it impacts Zero Auto Ownership to achieve more equitable and positive climate changes better.
  • Explain the funding of transportation infrastructure enhancements to address gaps in service delivery can be better allocated by better understanding Zero Auto Ownership trends.
  • Encourage investigation and breaking down silos.
  • Distinguish between car-free and car-less and discuss how three different government agencies have used different criteria for measuring the transportation inequities facing transportation-disadvantaged people, complicating the ability to measure equity.


Douglas Halpert, P.E., Sustainability Standing Committee, Vice-Chair | Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. | Columbia, Maryland, United States


  • Catherine M. Suria, Student | Penn State University | Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Chelsea Davis, P.E., Engineer II with HNTB and Consultant with North Carolina Turnpike Authority | Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
  • Nikhil Menon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering | Pennsylvania State University | Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States

ITE Members: Free
Non-Members: $79.00

Registration for webinar includes the live event, an archived recording with access for 30 days to each registrant. If you are a non-member of ITE you will need to create an account to register. You can create an account here.

PDH/CM Credit Certificate: If you would like PDH/CM Credit for this webinar, there is a processing fee for each registrant of $20 regardless of membership status to receive 1.0 PDH/CM credits certificate.
Instructions and link will be provided at the conclusion of the live event. Participants are able to purchase and retrieve their certificate until their access to the content expires. After the content expires and goes into archive, the certificate opportunity is forfeit.

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