The Bridge and the City

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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

Follow this link on the day of the seminar to stream it live. 

Daniel Biau, international consultant, civil engineer and author of The Bridge and the City: A Universal Love Story, will share insights on urbanization and bridges.

Across countries and centuries, the session will explore a fundamental social and demographic change: the emergence of a planet of towns and cities. But it will look at this densification of human and economic relations through a specific lens, the increased connectivity triggered by strategic urban bridges. 

As places of encounters and exchanges, bridges have played a major role in the urbanization of our planet. With reference to twenty-four world cities, the presentation will explain how these monuments have influenced urban development over all continents. The most fascinating cities in Europe (Paris, Rome, Istanbul, Saint-Petersburg, London) all possess fantastic bridges. The same could be said about North American cities (New York, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago) and cities in other regions of the world. Besides, the most famous bridges have almost always been erected at a critical juncture in the history of their host cities. It could be argued that “the bridge makes the city” because, in history, the city reaches a new dimension...

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Can Location Value Capture Pay for Transit? Organizational Challenges of Transforming Theory Into Practice

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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

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Successful public transit systems increase the value of locations they serve. Capturing this location value to help fund transit is often sensible, but challenging.

This presentation will define location value capture, and synthesize lessons learned from six European and North American transit agencies that have experience with location value capture funding.

The opportunities for and barriers to implementing location value capture fall into three categories:

  • agency institutional authority,
  • agency organizational mission, and
  • public support for transit.

When any of these factors is incompatible with a location value capture strategy, implementation becomes difficult. In four of the cases studied, dramatic institutional change was critical for success. In five cases, acute crisis was a catalyst for institutional change, value capture implementation, or both. Using value capture strategies to fund transit requires practitioners to both understand agency organizational constraints, and to view transit agencies as institutions that can transform in response to changing situations.

Building a grassroots movement: Walk with Vanessa Garrison of GirlTrek

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Are you working for change in your community, or hoping to get a movement off the ground? As co-founder of GirlTrek, Vanessa Garrison took her concern over the health of her family and community and turned it into a national movement centered on walking. Her experience showed how women can mobilize around their own health to address issues such as street violence, harassment and social justice in their communities. 

Walk with Vanessa to hear her story and learn the three steps she took to create a grassroots movement: offer a feasible first step; train women to be leaders in their own communities; and focus on culturally relevant content. Along the walk, we’ll hear from Portland leaders who are addressing community issues and discuss how we can learn from each other and from Vanessa.

The walk is cosponsored by TREC and Oregon Walks and is part of the Walktober series.

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2016 Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture with Vanessa Garrison

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

The Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture series continues this year with guest speaker Vanessa Garrison of GirlTrek

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Each year, the Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture Endowment brings a guest speaker to Portland, Oregon. We seek people from all over the world who have made great strides in advocating for health, safety, and bicycle and pedestrian access, and bring them together with the Portland transportation community to share methods and inspiration. The annual forum furthers IBPI's mission to facilitate the exchange of knowledge among scholars, practitioners and community advocates focused on walking and biking.

Vanessa is a passionate advocate of social justice issues and has focused her work on improving health outcomes and quality of life for black women and girls. Prior to co-founding GirlTrek, a national health movement, Vanessa worked as a Program Coordinator for Our Place DC, a nonprofit organization that provides services to currently and formerly incarcerated women. Vanessa began her career working in digital media at Turner Broadcasting...

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Seminar—Topic TBA

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Webinar: Transit Signal Priority Evaluation and Performance Measures

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Transit signal priority (TSP) can reduce transit delay at signalized intersections by making phasing adjustments. TSP is a relatively inexpensive tool to provide faster and more reliable transit service.  This webinar addresses TSP real-word performance measures as well as data integration and evaluation challenges. Results of the TSP evaluation in an arterial corridor in Portland, Oregon indicate that a timely and effective TSP system requires a high degree of sophistication, monitoring, and maintenance. TSP timing is crucial to reduce transit delay. 
Key takeaways include: performance measures, methodology, analysis of early green and red extension pros and cons, novel real-world results.

Miguel Figliozzi is a Professor in the Civil and Environmental Department at Portland State University...

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Seminar—Topic Near-road air quality, Title TBA

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Seminar—Topic FTA guidebook on bike-ped access to transit, Title TBA

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Seminar—Topic transit-oriented development, Title TBA

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Seminar—Topic Improving Activity-Based Travel Demand Models for Local Applications, Title TBA

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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