Webinar: Developing Practical Dynamic Evaluation Methods for Transportation Structures

Thursday, May 25, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Deteriorating transportation infrastructure is constantly in the news. Government agencies at all levels are pursuing methods to monitor structural health, so that they can prioritize repairs. In Oregon, the Cascadia Subduction Zone megathrust earthquake looms as a significant natural hazard for which our transportation network is ill-prepared. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) estimates that it will take around $2.6 billion over seven years to repair or replace many of the existing bridges in the state’s network to maintain lifeline routes after a Cascadia event. Funding for the scenarios envisioned by ODOT is not forthcoming, and the project described in this webinar is aimed at creating a tool to support visual inspection of bridges for determining the extent of damage.

The work presented in this webinar has evolved out of NITC-funded research and into a feasibility study of relatively simple but effective field methods for transportation structure dynamic evaluation.

The primary driver for the methods under investigation is the advent of robust mobile apps that can process data from...

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Annual Metro Regional Trail Count and Why Local Extrapolation Factors Matter

Friday, May 26, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU

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Metro, Portland's regional governing agency, conducts annual two-hour counts along its regional trail every September. This upcoming fall (2017) will be the 10th year that the counts have been held, which means we at Metro can finally start seeing noticeable, long-lasting trends in the regional trail network. Perhaps more importantly, we are seeing how these data have directly impacted investments in future trail, bicycle, and pedestrian projects.

This seminar will cover the history of the program, details of how it's conducted and why it's conducted that way, how data are used (including an inside look at future iterations of Metro's interactive trail count map), and why creating local extrapolation factors for adjusting to annual traffic is so important.

Geoff Gibson is a former GRA at TREC, a former NITC scholar and a current intern with...

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China's Motorization Wave and the Place of Emerging Technologies

Friday, June 2, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU

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E-bikes, E-Cars, Carshare, Bikeshare, and Micro-EVs in China have shaken up the traditional motorization pathways that have occurred in developing countries in the past. The combination of emerging vehicle technologies, urban and environmental constraints, and heavy-handed policy make China's motorization processes unique in the world—but how China motorizes has far-reaching impacts based on sheer volume of vehicles and population.

This seminar discusses the results of a six-year NSF CAREER project to explore China's motorization processes, combining behavioral and environmental modeling approaches to assess the impacts of emerging vehicle technologies on motorization and ultimately environmental sustainability. The focus is mostly on emerging lightweight EVs that have surprisingly surpassed all other modes of personal mobility in annual sales and hold great promise across different shared and personal vehicle technologies.

Dr. Chris Cherry is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee. He received his B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Arizona and received his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. His research focuses...

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Environmentally Sustainable and Affordable Housing Near Transit in Los Angeles

Friday, June 9, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU

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Providing affordable housing and reducing greenhouse gases are common goals in cities worldwide. Transit-oriented development (TOD) can provide an opportunity to make incremental progress on both fronts, by building affordable housing near transit and by providing alternative transport modes such that households reduce driving. While the existing literature has focused on the relationship between TOD and housing and TOD and greenhouse gas emission reduction as separate issues, it has seldom touched on the possibility that TOD could address both goals jointly. We provide evidence to show that focusing on either housing affordability or greenhouse gas emission reduction in isolation can lead to strategies that achieve one goal to the detriment of the other. Using the case of Los Angeles, we develop a scenario planning model that allows simultaneous consideration of housing and transportation goals, and illustrates the tradeoffs of different policy approaches. The results show that larger increases in residential densities combined with a small inclusionary housing requirement yields greater benefits, in terms of both reduced driving and more affordable housing, than would a higher inclusionary percentage with smaller increases...

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Transportation and Communities Summit: Breakout Sessions

Monday, September 11, 2017, 8:00am to 6:30pm PDT

Monday, September 11


7:15-8:00 am Registration and Breakfast
8:00-8:30 am Welcome
8:45-10:15 am Breakout Session 1
10:15-10:45 am Break and Poster Session
10:45-12:15 pm Breakout Session 2
12:15-1:45 pm Lunch and Keynote Address
1:45-2:15 pm Break and Poster Session
2:15-3:15 pm Breakout Session 3: Alternative formats inc. PechaKucha
3:15-3:30 pm Break
3:30-5:00 pm Breakout Session 4
5:00-6:30 pm Closing Reception


Sessions by Track


Traffic signal technology and connected vehicles
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Transportation and Communities Summit: Workshop Day

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 8:00am to 5:00pm PDT

Tuesday, September 12

The day after the Summit, we offer hands-on workshops for those who want to gain new skills and dive deeply into specific subject areas. When registering for the conference, you can add the Workshop Day to your registration. You can also register for a workshop a la carte, without registering for the Summit Day. 

Full Day Workshops
Half Day Workshops


More about the Summit workshop day, including registration information.

Using novel data sources to support transportation planning and analysis

Transportation data sources are expanding...

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