Transportation and Communities Summit Breakout Sessions

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

See below for Monday breakout sessions. For more information, including the Tuesday workshops, visit the main Summit page.

Transportation and Communities Summit: Workshop Day

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

Transportation and Communities Summit

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.

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Webinar: Parking, transit usage and congestion: Evidence from SFpark

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

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 modal transportation choice.

Results show that SFpark achieved its...

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Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture featuring Tamika Butler

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 4:30pm to 7:00pm PDT

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.

Tamika Butler, 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 marginalized people experience every day, she brought passion, energy and intersectionality to the quest for better bicycle access as the executive director of the Los Angeles Bicycle Coalition. In her new role with the L.A. Neighborhood Land Trust, she continues to help address social and racial equity through building parks and gardens in park-poor communities across Greater Los Angeles. Butler is a featured speaker at the 2017 National Walking Summit in St. Paul this September, and gave the keynote at the 2016...

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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

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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Webinar: Bike-Ped Portal

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

This webinar will take place in November 2017. The date has not yet been finalized.

This project builds on the success of NITC’s first Pooled Fund project that created the first national bicycle and pedestrian traffic count archive, named Bike-Ped Portal. The next step for Bike-Ped Portal is to improve its usability for both data providers and data users, specifically transportation professionals. To improve usability, area transportation planners will be invited to participate in an idea gathering session to help design an “Explore Data Page.” The purpose of this page is to allow transportation planners (data users) ready access to the non-motorized count data available in Bike-Ped Portal in a way that is useful and attractive to them. The page may include graphical displays (maps, graphs, etc.) and/or summary statistics. The work also includes other usability improvements including data quality communication improvements, user interface improvements for data providers, maintenance, adding data to the archive, software testing, spreading the word to potential data users, and inclusion of National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project (NBPDP) data.

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Webinar: The Effects of Commuter Rail on Population Deconcentration and Commuting

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PST

The Wasatch Front is a rapidly growing metropolitan area situated in a region with natural features that extraordinarily limit growth. The Wasatch Front Mountains constrain growth on one side while the Great Salt Lake and the Oquirrh mountains constrain the other. Among the nation’s worst winter inversions occur along the Wasatch Front, whereby high-pressure weather systems trap the air, and all the pollution added by humans, in the valley. The inversions produce red air quality days and significant health consequences for sensitive populations. Furthermore, the water supply issues facing the arid American Southwest encourage conservation and suggest wisdom in promoting density. Part of the region’s efforts to manage growth and natural resources has included a focus on developing a transit system comprised of local and regional bus systems, TRAX (light rail Salt Lake County), the Sugar House Streetcar, and FrontRunner, a commuter rail system connecting urban centers along the Wasatch Front. While research has long suggested that highway infrastructure supply increases infrastructure demand, the effects of a regional commuter rail system like FrontRunner on commuting patterns and urbanization remain under-studied. Accordingly, our central research question is: Does regional commuter rail replace long commutes by car, thus creating a sustainable, integrated urbanized region, or does it facilitate further suburbanization and increase vehicle miles traveled along the route...

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