Alta Planning + Design

Alta Planning + Design Alta is an international consulting firm with a mission to create active communities. Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is an international consulting firm with a mission to create more active, healthy, and people-focused communities.

We plan, design, and implement infrastructure and programs that improve community and individual health, safety, mobility, and livability. Founded in 1996, Alta has more than 200 staff in 30 offices across North America. On any given day, most staff walk, bike, or take transit to work. Coupled with our passion for active transportation, Alta’s thorough understanding of the principles of bicycle an

We plan, design, and implement infrastructure and programs that improve community and individual health, safety, mobility, and livability. Founded in 1996, Alta has more than 200 staff in 30 offices across North America. On any given day, most staff walk, bike, or take transit to work. Coupled with our passion for active transportation, Alta’s thorough understanding of the principles of bicycle an

Telling someone else’s story through the landscape — especially a story that has a painful history — requires patience, ...
07/07/2021
Storytelling through Design: Tuscumbia Landing Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

Telling someone else’s story through the landscape — especially a story that has a painful history — requires patience, sensitivity and humility. Learn how our team is using meaningful design to share the history of the Tuscumbia Landing Trail of Tears National Historic Trail.

By: Britt Storck, PLA and Will Hargrove, PLA, Alta; Additional credit: City of Sheffield Mayor Steve Stanley

Great news in Tualatin, OR! As part of Tualatin Moving Forward, the City of Tualatin - Government is taking steps to mak...
07/02/2021
Garden Corner Curves improvements begin

Great news in Tualatin, OR! As part of Tualatin Moving Forward, the
City of Tualatin - Government is taking steps to make its roadways safer, including adding a 12-foot-wide multi-use path designed for pedestrians and cyclists.

The roadway, which includes 105th Avenue, Blake Street and 108th Avenue, officially shut down Monday.

Documenting #micromobility’s role in providing equitable and sustainable transportation options has opened the door for ...
07/01/2021
Alta Helps California Cities Win Big With Bikeshare

Documenting #micromobility’s role in providing equitable and sustainable transportation options has opened the door for more funding sources and new momentum for investing in these services. See how this worked in Redding and Rialto, CA with the help from the Clean Mobility Project Voucher Program.

By: Libby Nachman, Planning Associate, Alta

In this month's #OntheMove news: meet our newly promoted leadership team, see the creative ways our staff used their Wel...
06/30/2021
We are Alta

In this month's #OntheMove news: meet our newly promoted leadership team, see the creative ways our staff used their Wellness Benefits this year, and check out our newest career opportunities. We're hiring across multiple departments and levels and seeking diverse perspectives to join our team!

Fostering professional growth and creating employee leadership opportunities are built into the core values Alta was founded on 25 years ago. As we congratulate the staff who have achieved new leadership positions, many of whom have been with us for a decade or more, we want to recognize how far t...

Fostering professional growth and creating employee leadership opportunities are built into the core values Alta was fou...
06/29/2021
Blazing a Path to Leadership: Alta Congratulates New Leaders

Fostering professional growth and creating employee leadership opportunities are built into the core values Alta was founded on 25 years ago. We are thrilled to congratulate the staff who have achieved new #leadership positions, many of whom have been with us for a decade or more.

Fostering professional growth and creating employee leadership opportunities are built into the core values Alta was founded on 25 years…

At Alta, health and wellness isn’t just part of what we do, it’s built into who we are. Each staff member receives a yea...
06/24/2021
Wellness is Built Into Who We Are

At Alta, health and wellness isn’t just part of what we do, it’s built into who we are. Each staff member receives a yearly #WellnessBenefit to enrich their lives, whether that be purchasing a new bike, fitness equipment, art materials, or a musical instrument. We asked our staff how they used their benefit over the last year, and their answers demonstrate not only how varied our interests are, but just how creative our team can be.

At Alta, health and wellness isn’t just part of what we do, it’s built into who we are. We know our physical and mental health is vital to…

We can't think of a better way to celebrate International Women in Engineering day than to recognize Alta's Kate Whitfie...
06/23/2021

We can't think of a better way to celebrate International Women in Engineering day than to recognize Alta's Kate Whitfield for her 2021 CITE Excellence in Transportation - Outstanding Voluntary Contribution award! Learn more about Kate's Career Connect initiative here: https://www.cite7.org/career-connect-with-kate/

We can't think of a better way to celebrate International Women in Engineering day than to recognize Alta's Kate Whitfield for her 2021 CITE Excellence in Transportation - Outstanding Voluntary Contribution award! Learn more about Kate's Career Connect initiative here: https://www.cite7.org/career-connect-with-kate/

Visited Hermosa Beach or Beverly Hills recently? You might’ve noticed things look a little different. See how these two ...
06/23/2021
“Iconic” Safety Improvements Come to Hermosa Beach and Beverly Hills

Visited Hermosa Beach or Beverly Hills recently? You might’ve noticed things look a little different. See how these two communities are using demonstration projects to improve safety for all people on the move. #tacticalurbanism #demonstrationprojects

By: Lydia Kenselaar and Sam Zneimer, Alta

Alta is #hiring! Do you have a passion for creating places that connect communities? Whether you're an engineer, markete...
06/21/2021

Alta is #hiring! Do you have a passion for creating places that connect communities? Whether you're an engineer, marketer, planner, designer or HR professional, check out these opportunities to join our team: https://altago.com/job-openings/

Alta is #hiring! Do you have a passion for creating places that connect communities? Whether you're an engineer, marketer, planner, designer or HR professional, check out these opportunities to join our team: https://altago.com/job-openings/

Want to prepare your own active transportation plan? We have a toolkit for you! Beginning this summer, communities in th...
06/15/2021
Want to Prepare Your Own Active Transportation Plan? We Have a Toolkit For You!

Want to prepare your own active transportation plan? We have a toolkit for you! Beginning this summer, communities in the Southern California Association of Governments region will have access to an Active Transportation Plan Toolkit, empowering those with both ample and limited resources to create their own visions and plans for walking and biking.

Active transportation is changing in Southern California. Starting this summer, communities throughout the six-county Southern California…

Protected intersections improve safety, comfort, and flow for cyclists at busy intersections by placing them visibly ahe...
06/14/2021
At the Intersection of Safety and Innovative Design

Protected intersections improve safety, comfort, and flow for cyclists at busy intersections by placing them visibly ahead of turning motor vehicle traffic. Check out these innovative designs in #Canada and why they're beneficial to everyone on the road.

By: Kalle Hakala and Kate Whitfield, Alta

The Cooling Pasadena Project is targeting "hot spots" throughout the city and working on solutions to cool street temper...
06/10/2021
Hot spots: Pasadena looks to cool off its streets — and citizens

The Cooling Pasadena Project is targeting "hot spots" throughout the city and working on solutions to cool street temperatures in response to climate change. See how we're working alongside Day One, Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, and the community to keep citizens comfortable and safe.

Where are the hottest parts of town? A city project wants to know. Here are a couple of places residents recently identified.

Another #SignatureTrail moves forward! The Kalispell Parkline trail is being constructed, which will transform a former ...
06/08/2021

Another #SignatureTrail moves forward! The Kalispell Parkline trail is being constructed, which will transform a former railroad into a 1.6-mile linear park and trail. The project, designed by Alta and KLJ Engineering with help from the City of Kalispell, will increase safe avenues for healthy, non-motorized transportation and connect to existing trails: https://yhoo.it/2RBqT2f

Another #SignatureTrail moves forward! The Kalispell Parkline trail is being constructed, which will transform a former railroad into a 1.6-mile linear park and trail. The project, designed by Alta and KLJ Engineering with help from the City of Kalispell, will increase safe avenues for healthy, non-motorized transportation and connect to existing trails: https://yhoo.it/2RBqT2f

How are you celebrating #NationalTrailsDay tomorrow? Getting out to see the Albany Hudson Electric Trail (a segment of t...
06/04/2021
June 2021 / BICYCLING — Adirondack Sports

How are you celebrating #NationalTrailsDay tomorrow? Getting out to see the Albany Hudson Electric Trail (a segment of the Empire State Trail) is a great option, and you can learn about the area's history along the way. Read more about the trail and the wayfinding elements Alta helped create.

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As cities build more protected intersections, design details are evolving. Alta's Kalle Hakala and Kate Whitfield explai...
06/02/2021
At the Intersection of Safety and Innovative Design

As cities build more protected intersections, design details are evolving. Alta's Kalle Hakala and Kate Whitfield explain how Ottawa, Ontario is leading the way.

By: Kalle Hakala and Kate Whitfield, Alta

The first statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan in Ohio is complete! The state's demographic and social trends highlight...
06/01/2021

The first statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan in Ohio is complete! The state's demographic and social trends highlight the increasing need for walkability and bikability, and the Walk.Bike.Ohio plan will provide mobility, economic, health, environmental and quality of life benefits to residents. We're proud to have worked with ODOT, MKSK and MurphyEpson and can't wait to see what's ahead: https://bit.ly/2SKYyH0

The first statewide bicycle and pedestrian plan in Ohio is complete! The state's demographic and social trends highlight the increasing need for walkability and bikability, and the Walk.Bike.Ohio plan will provide mobility, economic, health, environmental and quality of life benefits to residents. We're proud to have worked with ODOT, MKSK and MurphyEpson and can't wait to see what's ahead: https://bit.ly/2SKYyH0

It's here—Minnesota Department of Transportation's first Statewide Pedestrian System Plan! Thanks to Kimley-Horn and New...
05/28/2021

It's here—Minnesota Department of Transportation's first Statewide Pedestrian System Plan! Thanks to Kimley-Horn and NewPublica for helping make this happen. https://bit.ly/3vxKe2S

It's here—Minnesota Department of Transportation's first Statewide Pedestrian System Plan! Thanks to Kimley-Horn and NewPublica for helping make this happen. https://bit.ly/3vxKe2S

ICYMI: See how virtual walk audits are helping make schools safer, and how tools like interactive online input maps are ...
05/25/2021
Walk Audits Gone Virtual

ICYMI: See how virtual walk audits are helping make schools safer, and how tools like interactive online input maps are allowing more voices to be heard.

By: Courtney Wood, Planning Associate, Alta

We're looking forward to presenting at the 2021 American Society of Highway Engineers Virtual Conference next week. Find...
05/20/2021
Join us at the American Society of Highway Engineers 2021 Virtual Conference! — Alta Planning + Design

We're looking forward to presenting at the 2021 American Society of Highway Engineers Virtual Conference next week. Find us at the following sessions!

The mission of the American Society of Highway Engineers is to provide a forum for members and partners of the highway industry to promote a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation system through education, innovation and fellowship. Register here and join us at the following sessions: Corner...

05/18/2021

In this month's On the Move publication: see the ways Alta's #CivicAnalytics practice is bringing a community-focused perspective to digital transformation: https://bit.ly/33VCH1S

As a global community, we have experienced a staggering growth of available data over the last few years and have heard ...
05/17/2021
Civic Analytics: Bringing A Community-Focused Perspective to Digital Transformation

As a global community, we have experienced a staggering growth of available data over the last few years and have heard about the promise it holds. But what is that promise? And how does that translate to making positive change in our communities? Alta’s #CivicAnalytics practice is rethinking how data can provide actionable metrics to inform planning and design decisions, grounded in Alta’s people-focused values.

By: David Wasserman, Data Science Practice Leader, Alta

A lot has changed in the past year, including in-person learning and after school activities. As virtual learning contin...
05/12/2021
Walk Audits Gone Virtual

A lot has changed in the past year, including in-person learning and after school activities. As virtual learning continues, our Safe Routes to School team has used digital platforms in projects as well. Alta's Courtney Wood shares tools for conducting virtual walk audits and explains how communities are benefitting.

By: Courtney Wood, Planning Associate, Alta

We're less than one month away from the 2021 Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers Virtual Conference, June 8-1...
05/11/2021

We're less than one month away from the 2021 Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers Virtual Conference, June 8-10! Check out this list of innovative and informative Alta-led sessions and register here: https://bit.ly/3uQPbU0
#citeconf

We're less than one month away from the 2021 Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers Virtual Conference, June 8-10! Check out this list of innovative and informative Alta-led sessions and register here: https://bit.ly/3uQPbU0
#citeconf

About 76% of Americans are currently experiencing worker burnout. A healthy work-life balance and opportunities to furth...
05/10/2021
Sabbaticals: Because Everyone Needs a Break

About 76% of Americans are currently experiencing worker burnout. A healthy work-life balance and opportunities to further education is a top priority at Alta. We're excited to be among this list of companies offering these perks, and we look forward to our staff being able to use our 5-year travel benefit as soon as they're able to.

Check out current opportunities to join our team: https://altago.com/careers/

A sabbatical is when an employee takes an extended leave from their full-time job. Learn how to create a sabbatical policy for your long-term employees.

“This isn’t just about getting over the river. It’s an experience between the two communities." See how Troy and Watervl...
05/06/2021
Congress Street Bridge envisioned as Troy-Watervliet pedestrian link over Hudson

“This isn’t just about getting over the river. It’s an experience between the two communities." See how Troy and Watervliet partnered on an idea to make it easier for pedestrians and bicyclists to cross the bridge that connects their cities.

TROY – A leisurely stroll or bike ride across the Congress Street Bridge without...

Yesterday, our Salt Lake City office got to work on the same trails they helped plan as part of the Salt Lake City Gover...
05/05/2021

Yesterday, our Salt Lake City office got to work on the same trails they helped plan as part of the Salt Lake City Government Foothills Trail System Master Plan. So exciting to see these trails come to life! #altafieldnotes

Instead of adding more lanes, what if we focused on shifting demand and offering more choices for people to get around? ...
05/03/2021
Instead of just increasing supply, planners look to manage transportation demand | UNC Charlotte Urban Institute | UNC Charlotte

Instead of adding more lanes, what if we focused on shifting demand and offering more choices for people to get around? See how the Centralina Regional Council's "Connect Beyond" initiative is examining what it would take to create the first true regional transit system with the help of HDR and Alta.

Transportation planningWednesday, April 28, 2021Ely PortilloWhen it comes to transportation and transit needs, people usually think of increasing the supply: Adding more lanes, building more rail lines, buying more buses. What about lowering or shifting demand, instead? That was the topic Wednesday...

Santa Monica and Canoga Park are only 15 miles apart, but there's often a 20 degree temperature difference along their s...
04/30/2021
Fighting Extreme Heat in LA can Serve as a Model for Other Communities

Santa Monica and Canoga Park are only 15 miles apart, but there's often a 20 degree temperature difference along their sidewalks and streets. See what Alta, StreetsLA , and Climate Resolve are doing about it.

Within the next 20 years, parts of Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley will experience more than 120 days a year that are 95 degrees or…

ICYMI: See how this new level of comfort analysis tool is being used to cool streets in communities affected by heat isl...
04/29/2021
A New Climate Tool Takes Aim at Heat Island Conditions

ICYMI: See how this new level of comfort analysis tool is being used to cool streets in communities affected by heat island conditions, and how this work is tied to social responsibility.

A new Level of Comfort Analysis tool focuses on reducing heat island conditions for people walking and biking in Southern California, with…

The APA California - Northern award results are in! Alta is thrilled that the Lower Russian River Trail Feasibility Stud...
04/26/2021
Northern Section 2021 Awards announced – Northern California Section of the American Planning Association

The APA California - Northern award results are in! Alta is thrilled that the Lower Russian River Trail Feasibility Study received an Award of Excellence for Innovation in Green Community Planning. Thanks to our teaming partners W-Trans, Green Valley Consulting Engineers, Miller Pacific Engineering Group, Alta Archaeological Consulting, and many others for your commitment to honoring the natural beauty and cultural history of the Lower Russian River Valley.

Northern Section 2021 Awards announced By Brynn McKiernan, AICP, April 16, 2021 The results are in. Join us in congratulating the best of Northern California planning! Our jurors were: Ozzy Arce, City of Walnut Creek Florentina Craciun, City and County of San Francisco Amalia Cunningham, AICP, Contr...

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