Webinar: Pooled Fund Grant 2018 - Tackling Transportation Together

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am PST

Through our program the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), we've kickstarted the latest round of our Pooled Fund Grant 2018 (Problem Statements due May 15, 2018) – an opportunity for agencies and other partners to join forces in addressing a pressing transportation issue.

One champion identifies a problem that is common to other agencies, cities, or MPOs and then recruits other partners who are willing to collaborate and contribute financially to the project. At this point, NITC steps in and matches the funds that the partners pooled – making it possible to pursue a question that is greater in scope than any one agency or city could pursue on its own. Simple process, right? Maybe not! Yet, this process can be exciting, empowering and, most importantly, lead to the implementation of a project that produces immediate and impactful outcomes.

  • Understand the process behind the grant,
  • Receive guidance on how to identify and package a transportation issue into a compelling problem statement,
  • Learn how to entice potential partners to collaborate and contribute,
  • Learn how to construct a competitive pooled fund grant application.

Along the way, we will offer insights from two NITC projects...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Citizen Advocacy for Safe Streets in Bremen

Friday, March 2, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST

Although Germany may be known internationally for its environmentalism, over the past 20 years German cities have chronically underinvested in transportation networks, both for public transport as well as non-motorized options. The lag in the development and expansion of sustainable options combined with the rapid growth in private automobile ownership (itself the result of automobile-industry-friendly policymaking) means that cities like Bremen have been left behind in terms of transportation planning. As in America, SUV sales continue to increase despite considerably narrower streets, particularly in cities. 

Nowhere is this more visible than in Bremen’s Neustadt, a dense neighbourhood with the most children under ten years old, per capita, of any neighborhood in the state. Motorized traffic, much of it commuter traffic and deliveries, continues to increase with a resulting increase in noise and air pollution. Bremen’s elected officials and transport authorities are actively resisting parking controls, pedestrian crossings, traffic calming measures, measures to ensure safe routes to school, and lower speed limits; seemingly because of fear of losing votes.

Increasingly concerned neighbors are working on speed limits for a residential street. So far two official applications for a speed limit reduction from 50 Km/h (32 miles per hour) to 30 (approximately 19 mph) have...

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Webinar: Bike-Ped Portal - National Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Archive

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am PST

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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Mobility Matters: 2018 Transportation and Wayfinding Summit

Friday, March 9, 2018, 8:00am to 4:00pm PST


This one-day summit is co-hosted in partnership with Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education (GSE)

Learn about the latest approaches and technologies to access transportation systems for diverse members of our community, especially people with visual impairments. With effective wayfinding technologies and community partnerships, innovations support all people in accessing transportation and connecting with the community. Learn more from our experts on travel planning, wayfinding, and designing systems that support access for all people.

After this workshop you will be able to:

  • Describe recent innovations that support wayfinding and travel for individuals with visual impairments 
  • Identify important considerations in community design that include individuals with visual impairments and other disabilities 
  • Identify innovations in universal transportation design 
  • Share conversations that lead to solutions for wayfinding and access 
  • Contribute to a shared blueprint for community-based solutions to transportation

Registration Costs

Includes light breakfast, breaks, and lunch
General Admission (Early Bird - ends Feb 1): $75
General Admission (Regular - Feb 2 - March 1): $100

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Transit Demand Analysis and User Classification Using Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) Data

Friday, March 9, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST

Development of origin-destination demand matrices is crucial for transit planning. The development process is facilitated by transit automated data, making it possible to mine boarding and alighting patterns on an individual basis. This research proposes a novel stochastic trip chaining method which uses Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) and General Transit Feed Specifications (GTFS) data to infer an origin-destination (O-D) matrix.

The proposed method generates a set of candidate trajectories for each AFC tag to reach the next tag, calculates the probability of each trajectory, and selects the most likely trajectory to infer the boarding and alighting stops. The method is applied to transit data from the Twin Cities, MN, which has an open transit system where passengers tap smart cards only once when boarding (or when alighting on pay-exit buses). The method is compared to previous methods and shows improvement in the number of inferred cases.

Inferred boarding and alighting results are used to develop a demand matrix and are visualized to study route ridership and geographical pattern of trips. On the individual level, travel habits of users from multiple days is studied to develop users clusters with similar regularity patterns.



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GIS Online Story Mapping Workhop for High School Girls

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00am to 4:00pm PST


Registration is open to female and female-identified students currently in high school.

The spatial mapping of events has been evolving as a major method of analysis for centuries. Join us at this one-day workshop for high school girls to become familiar with these concepts, by working with vehicle crash data from the City of Portland.

The workshop, held in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) lab of PSU’s Engineering Building, consists of a morning instruction session and an afternoon applied activity using their newfound GIS skills. Students will be introduced to the basic elements of ArcGIS — including importing data, exploring the variables and searching through the spatial database, and processing the data in different ways.

The day also includes a lunchtime walking tour of active transportation infrastructure around the Portland State University campus. By the end of the day you will have a working understanding of spatial mapping and new ideas for how you can apply them to your city! 

Questions?  Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu


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Friday Transportation Seminar: Topic TBA

Friday, March 16, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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Webinar: Tools and Techniques for Teaching Collaborative Regional Planning and Enhancing Livability and Sustainable Transportation in Gateway and Natural Amenity Regions

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Small towns and cities outside of national parks and other major natural amenities throughout the western United States are becoming increasingly popular places to visit and live. As a result, many of these gateway and natural amenity region (GNAR) communities—including places such as Jackson, Wyoming, and Moab, Utah—are facing a variety of “big city” issues, such as severe congestion, lack of affordable workforce housing, and concerns about sprawl and density. This webinar will introduce the planning and transportation concerns being experienced by GNAR communities throughout the west. It will then share the tools and resources developed by the University of Utah to train planners to work in these unique communities and to help these communities enhance livability and sustainable transportation options. The webinar will also introduce the University of Utah’s new Gateway and Natural Amenity Region Initiative and ongoing research aimed at better understanding and addressing the planning and transportation issues in GNAR communities. 

The final report from this project will be published in early March, prior to the webinar. The project team is in the process of launching an online toolkit for gateway and natural amenity region communities. We will share the new website with webinar attendees as soon as it is available.


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PeopleForBikes Tape Measure Tour

Monday, June 11, 2018, 8:00am PDT to Friday, June 15, 2018, 5:00pm PDT

PeopleForBikes study tours combine networking meetings with local experts, site visits by bike, and discussions on how to bring the best ideas from world-class bike infrastructure to cities back home.

The Tape Measure Tour is designed for transportation engineers, urban planners, and others interested in in-depth engineering and planning examples of bikeway innovation. This tour covers the fundamentals of bikeway design through an intensive week of interactive classroom sessions, field tours and design exercises.

Offered in partnership with Portland State University’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), this 5-day workshop is typically eligible for ~30 hours of training, the equivalent of 30 CMs or 30 PDHs. IBPI applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credit for each course. We will provide an attendance certificate to those who document their professional development hours.

The cost to attend is $5,500 per person and includes five-nights single occupancy hotel room, all meals, all ground transportation, bike rental, course materials, speaker fees and professional guides. Note airfare is not included in this fee.

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Study Abroad: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands

Monday, June 25, 2018, 8:00am PDT to Friday, July 6, 2018, 5:00pm PDT

Applications are now open and are due by March 11, 2018

Brought to you by our Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation program, this four-credit, two-week course presents an introduction to sustainable transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context. An immersive experience to explore the Dutch approach to cycling, transit, innovative mobility and land use– the curriculum will feature material that provides a comparison between U.S. and the Netherlands problems, priorities, and solutions.

Specific emphases on planning and engineering principles, policy, and practice will be explored through field trips, tours and guest lectures, while visiting Amsterdam, Utrecht and Houten. Students completing this course will develop a broader understanding of sustainable transportation issues and expand their toolkit for context-sensitive solutions. No previous language study required.

Come rent your fiets and experience some of the best biking infrastructure in the world!


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