Webinar: Economic Impacts from Bicycle and Pedestrian Street Improvements

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

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As many cities are investing in street improvements to provide better biking and walking experiences, the economic value and impacts of these active transportation facilities remain areas where many practitioners, planners and policy makers are seeking more conclusive evidence. With various modes competing for scarce resources, planners and transportation agencies often struggle with how to justify infrastructure investments for non-motorized modes, particularly when driving is still the predominant mode of transportation in most cities. 

In this project we assess property value impacts of Portland’s “Green Loop” signature bike infrastructure concept, illustrating the importance of considering both accessibility and extensiveness of bike facility networks. The Green Loop is a proposed 6-mile linear open space running through the heart of Portland, connecting existing and new open spaces, parks, gathering areas, and...

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Webinar: Integrating Equity into Regional Transportation Planning

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 9:00am to 10:00am PDT

This webinar is hosted by the University of South Florida's Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). Registration is available through CUTR.

This presentation will explore methods used by MPOs to understand the equity effects of regional transportation plans and investments, based on research conducted for the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC). The webinar will examine how MPOs are identifying communities of concern with regard to transportation equity, along with techniques used in evaluating accessibility to jobs and services, modal options, distributional equity of investments, and other equity considerations.

The webinar includes case studies of equity methods being applied in two distinctly different regions that participated in the research effort: 1) Hillsborough County, (Tampa) Florida: a lower density, sprawling, auto dependent area with limited public transportation; and 2) Portland, Oregon: a higher density, compact urban area with a variety of travel options and a strong urban growth management system. The two MPOs are at different stages of addressing transportation equity in their planning and public engagement activities. Transportation planners from each of these MPOs will discuss the development and...

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Transport Planning in Delft, Netherlands

Friday, April 28, 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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While the Netherlands is known today for the highest bicycling rates in the world, this movement only began in the 1970s. Transportation policy has been one of the critical keys to reducing automobile trips in the Netherlands.

Visiting scholar Jan Nederveen will present on transportation planning in the compact, densely populated city of Delft. Delft has been a city since 1246, and the historic street pattern is still visible today. The city has grown to 100,000 residents and covers an area of 5 square kilometers. Twenty years ago, the council decided to change the transportation philosophy from a car-oriented system to a bike city with a car-free historic center. This policy has been very successful, and bikes are now the dominant mode.

Delft found a good balance in road design for both cars and bikes. Today, the bike network has reached the point of congestion. Solutions developed for cars are being introduced in the bike network. The presentation will cover the city's transport policy, road design, the concept of a car-free city, and the challenge of reducing bicycle congestion.

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Friday Seminar: Topic TBA

Friday, May 5, 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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Network Congestion Effect of E-Hailing Transportation Services

Friday, May 12, 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-hailing plays a key role in emerging transportation services such as ridesourcing, ridesharing and taxis, among others. This seminar will present a general economic model to analyze the congestion effect of e-hailing services in a transportation network.

The model can help analyze customers’ choices of different modes, based on their value of time and the charging schemes of different services, as well as the overall impact of the services to network level congestion.

Dr. Xuegang (Jeff) Ban is an associate professor at the civil and environmental engineering department of University of Washington. He received his B.S. and M.S. in automobile engineering from Tsinghua University, and his M.S. in computer sciences and Ph.D. in transportation engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His research interests are in Transportation Network System Modeling and...

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Inequities in Urban Mobility in Portland: Understanding Community Vulnerability and Prospects for Livable Neighborhoods

Friday, May 19, 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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Gentrification and development are changing the face of many Portland neighborhoods. This talk will draw on data from focus groups and participatory mapping research with residents in SE and North Portland neighborhoods. The presentation will share findings on the patterns of movement reported by residents in gentrifying neighborhoods and will offer ideas and perspectives on how to plan for a sustainable future for all Portlanders.

Amy Lubitow is an assistant professor of sociology at Portland State University. Her research interests are environmental sociology, sustainability, environmental justice, social movements, gender and environmental health. Her current projects include critical analyses of urban sustainability, particularly as they relate to bicycle infrastructure; an examination of the transit-dependent population in Portland, including the gendered implications of transit dependency; a study of the influence of scientist-...

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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...

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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 investments.

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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Friday Seminar: Topic TBA

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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Friday Seminar: Topic TBA

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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