Webinar: The Effects of Demand-Responsive Parking on Transit Usage and Congestion: Evidence from SFpark

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT



WEBINAR SUMMARY
Parking is a serious issue in many urban areas, especially those experiencing rapid population growth. To address this problem, some cities have implemented demand-responsive pricing programs, where parking prices vary depending on the occupancy rate in a previous period. Yet, few empirical studies have rigorously evaluated these programs. In this study, we investigate the impacts of SFpark, a demand-responsive pricing parking program in San Francisco that began in 2011. We observe effects on three important aspects of urban transportation: parking availability, transit bus ridership and congestion. The timing of this program is plausibly exogenous to factors that affect these outcomes of interest since it is based on bureaucratic decision-making, so endogeneity is less of a concern. 

We use data from the SFpark pilot evaluation for on-street parking, which includes hourly data on parking occupancy, metered rates and measures of daily traffic congestion. Additionally, we generate a novel panel data set using micro-level Muni bus transit data at the bus shift-stop level to observe possible effects on...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Bicycle Safety (and Other) Research at CARRS-Q in Brisbane, Australia

Friday, September 29, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

LOCATION: PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 204 (Distance Learning Center Wing)
LIVESTREAM ONLINE: Click here on the day of the seminar to stream it live

This presentation will begin with an overview of the activities of the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety-Queensland. Then a number of bicycle safety research projects will be discussed, with a particular focus on recent and current projects that seek to examine the factors influencing passing distances left by motor vehicles and the effectiveness of one-metre (3-foot) laws.

Presented by Narelle Haworth of Queensland University of Technology


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Friday Transportation Seminar: Utilizing High-Resolution Archived Transit Data to Study Before-and-After Travel-Speed and Travel-Time Conditions

Friday, October 6, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

LOCATION: PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 204 (Distance Learning Center Wing)
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Stay tuned for more information about this seminar featuring speaker Travis Glick of Portland State University

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Safety Effectiveness of Pedestrian Crossing Treatments

Friday, October 13, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

LOCATION: PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 204 (Distance Learning Center Wing)
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Stay tuned for more information about this seminar featuring speaker Chris Monsere of Portland State University.

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Road Diet v 2.0

Friday, October 20, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

LOCATION: PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 204 (Distance Learning Center Wing)
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Stay tuned for more information about this seminar featuring Michael Williams of Alta Planning.

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Webinar: Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks: Understanding the Effects

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT


WEBINAR SUMMARY
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RESEARCH
This research explores social identity-related factors that influence drivers’ behaviors in interactions with pedestrians at crosswalks. One dangerous potential point of conflict in our transportation system to pedestrians is interactions with drivers at crosswalks (NHTS, 2003). In 2010, there was one crash-related pedestrian death every two hours and an injury every eight minutes (CDC, 2013). Racial minorities are disproportionately represented in pedestrian fatalities: From 2000 to 2010, pedestrian fatality rates for Black and Hispanic men (3.93 and 3.73 per 100,000) were more than twice the rate of 1.78 for White men (CDC, 2013). If drivers yield differently to Black and White pedestrians at crosswalks, this may lead to disparate crossing experiences and disproportionate safety outcomes. We hypothesize that, similar to other forms of racial discrimination that minorities experience across various domains in society, drivers will exhibit racial bias when making decisions about whether or not to stop for pedestrians waiting to cross the street at a marked crosswalk.

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Topic TBA

Friday, October 27, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

LOCATION: PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 204 (Distance Learning Center Wing)
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Friday Transportation Seminar: Countywide Bluetooth Deployment and Some Use Cases of Traffic Studies, Signal Timing, and Model Validation

Friday, November 3, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

LOCATION: PSU, Urban Center Building, Room 204 (Distance Learning Center Wing)
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Stay tuned for more information about this seminar featuring speaker Shaun Quayle, Transportation Engineer at Washington County.

THE SPEAKER
Shaun Quayle is a transportation engineer with Washington County’s Engineering and Construction Services group. He is leading the Countywide Bluetooth and Traffic Signal High-Resolution Performance Measures program to proactively manage their ITS system of over 50 CCTV cameras, 350 traffic signals, 125 Bluetooth readers, and 2 adaptive signal systems. He is a graduate of Oregon State and University of Tennessee, so orange is his favorite color.

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Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture featuring Tamika Butler

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 4:30pm to 7:00pm PST

WHEN: November 8th (4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) Join us at 4:30 for an opening reception and hors d'oeuvres at Lincoln Recital Hall before the lecture begins. The lecture will begin at 5:30.
WHERE: Portland State University's Lincoln Recital Hall (Room 75, Ground Fl, 1620 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97201)
ADMISSION: The event is free and open to the public (RSVP HERE)

Tamika Butler (@TamikaButler), executive director of the Los Angeles Neighborhod Land Trust, will deliver the Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture this year. She is an advocate and activist who works in support of LGBTQA rights, as well as fighting for social justice and healthy communities. She moved to Los Angeles from Omaha, Nebraska, and became interested in active transportation when she met her wife. It was on bike rides that she fell in love with the city. Uniquely positioned as a queer black woman to understand what...

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Webinar: What Do We Know About Location Affordability in US Shrinking Cities?

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PST

 

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WEBINAR SUMMARY

Traditionally the discussion about affordability has focused on housing, but HUD’s Location Affordability Index (LAI), released in 2012, helped to elevate the conversation by expanding the focus to include households’ transportation costs. In the first part of this webinar, Dr. Ganning will provide an overview of the LAI, discuss its technical limitations, and provide recommendations for future research. The second portion of the webinar will present the results of a household survey of housing and transportation costs, conducted in Cleveland, Ohio. The household survey supports and extends the conclusions of the first part of the webinar,  adding information regarding transportation cost estimates, and a perspective on the burden placed on households by unaffordable costs.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

 The LAI appears to overestimate housing cost and cost burden by 10-20%, depending on tenure and urban/rural location. The transportation costs estimated by the LAI cannot be reproduced, and partially depend on data that is either not publicly available or has...

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