Measuring What We Value: Using Performance Measures to Achieve Goals

Friday, May 6, 2016, 12:00pm to 13:00pm PDT

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

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Performance measures are commonly used in transportation planning, but how effectively are public agencies using them, and to what ends?

Metro, ODOT and many cities use performance measures to evaluate investment choices and monitor progress. Drawing from Transportation for America’s report Measuring What We Value, and some of the most cutting edge examples of performance-based planning around the nation, Chris' presentation will step back to consider what makes a performance-based planning approach effective at achieving an agency’s goals.

Chris Rall is the Pacific Northwest field organizer for Transportation For America, an alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country, united to ensure that states and the...

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Is It Working? Are the Region's and City's Transportation Policies and Actions Moving Us in Their Desired Directions?

Friday, May 13, 2016, 12:00pm to 13:00pm PDT

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

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The City of Portland and the Metropolitan Region have strong policies in place to encourage transportation through means other than the single-occupancy vehicle. Both governments have numeric goals for the proportion of trips to be made by walking, bicycling, transit, shared vehicles, working at home and driving alone. Indeed, the City of Portland desires that by 2035 no more than thirty percent of commute trips be made by people driving alone. Similar policies have driven transportation planning in the city and region for decades.

To understand if these policies will be effective it's necessary to understand whether their antecedents have been effective. The Portland region has been investing in transit, bicycling and walking for more than two decades? Are we moving the needle? Have we been effective?

Roger's presentation will take a look at regional data for the period 2000-2014 to assess the effectiveness of our efforts and use that information to suggest pathways forward.

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Restricting Driving for Better Traffic and Clearer Skies: Did It Work in Beijing?

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 18:30pm to 19:30pm PDT

Speaker: Dr. Rui Wang, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, University of California–Los Angeles 

FREE and open to the public

This event is sponsored by Portland State University's Institute for Asian Studies.

Connected Vehicles and Rural Road Weather Management

Friday, May 20, 2016, 12:00pm to 13:00pm PDT

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

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Changing weather patterns and increases in extreme weather events has led to the deployment of more weather responsive traffic management strategies. As the transportation system moves towards a connected vehicle environment, questions arise as to how connected vehicle technology can support weather responsive systems. The presentation will discuss the use of connected vehicles in a rural environment as providers of mobile weather data. Two projects will be highlighted - a recently completed research project using passenger vehicle CAN-BUS data as weather surrogates, and the ongoing USDOT CV Pilot Deployment Project in Wyoming.

Dr. Rhonda Young, P.E. is an associate professor in the department of civil engineering at Gonzaga University. Dr. Young has worked extensively in the field of roadway operations in adverse weather conditions, including development of operational control logic and safety effectiveness of implemented strategies. Previous research projects led by...

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Webinar: Investigations in Transportation: Partnering Industry Professionals and Elementary Teachers in a STEM Unit of Study

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Investigations in Transportation was an elementary school partnership and curriculum development project, engaging STEM professionals in school-based design projects.

Fifth-grade students in two Oregon communities teamed up with transportation professionals from ODOT to redesign their school parking lots, resulting in better traffic flow and increased capacity. The immersive learning experience received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, teachers and administrators.

This webinar will demonstrate how the Portland Metro STEM Partnership was facilitated to bring transportation education into elementary school classrooms, offering students unparalleled access to STEM professionals working in their communities and to real-world applications of engineering principles.

Key learning takeaways include:

MURP Workshop Extravaganza

Friday, May 27, 2016, 12:00pm to 13:00pm PDT

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

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If you are viewing the seminar live and wish to ask a question, send an email to psuseminar@yahoo.com during the broadcast.

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Pursuing Vision Zero in Seattle – Results of a Systemic Safety Analysis

Friday, June 3, 2016, 12:00pm to 13:00pm PDT

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

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Rebecca Sanders is a transportation planner and the head of research for Toole Design Group (TDG). Prior to working at TDG, Rebecca worked for University of California Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC) for seven years, where she evaluated a regional "Safe Routes 2 Transit" program, worked on a Pedestrian Safety Improvement Program for Caltrans, and helped to develop Complete Streets performance measures for Caltrans. She also spent a year studying walking and biking in Oklahoma as a Research Associate for Oklahoma University’s Division of Regional and City Planning. She is well known for her...

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IBPI Workshop: Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 8:00am PDT to Thursday, June 23, 2016, 16:00pm PDT

Course Overview: This course is designed to help transportation planning and engineering faculty integrate bicycle and pedestrian topics into their courses. The course focuses on a holistic approach to teaching transportation engineering and planning by integrating design for bicycles and pedestrians. In addition, the course provides an understanding of state-of-the art practice. Participants will receive learning materials to broaden their curriculum and provide resources for course design.

To keep the workshop interactive, walking and bicycling tours are incorporated in order for participants to experience first-hand the innovative design solutions used in Portland and other U.S. cities that encourage active transportation.

Course Format: The course will be a combination of classroom instruction and field visits by bike and foot to Portland’s “living laboratory”. The bicycle tour will be about 8 miles with some mild elevation and done at a moderate pace. An option to purchase a daily bike rental is available upon registering for the workshop. If you want an extended bicycle rentail, you can reserve online at the PSU Bike Hub.

The fee for this professional development course is $70. The fee includes morning coffee, snacks, lunch, and course materials. The fee does not include travel, lodging or other meals while in Portland. 

For more information, and to register for the course, visit the course home page at...

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