TREC maintains a vibrant schedule of seminars, workshops, professional courses and other training opportunities that provide transportation practitioners with the latest tools and techniques. Our offerings include the longstanding Friday Transportation Seminar Series, NITC webinars and events produced by IBPI. Our flagship professional development opportunity, the Transportation and Communities Summit, brings together transportation practitioners and academics.

Friday Transportation Seminar Series

Time: Noon to 1 p.m. Fridays (Pacific time)

Location: PSU Urban Center, 506 S.W. Mill St., Room 204, unless otherwise noted on the schedule.

The seminars are supported by the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC). This series is free and open to the public. PSU students may enroll in the seminar for one unit. Here is the Course Syllabus for PSU students taking for credit.

The seminar schedule is available as a Google Calendar. To receive seminar announcements, sign up for our newsletter and choose at least one of the Friday Transportation Seminar options.

Upcoming Friday Seminars

Topic Date Speaker
Smart Cities: Improving the Roadside Environment with Distributed Sensor Systems Friday, October 28, 2016, 12:00pm PDT Christine Kendrick, PhD, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
Lessons from the Development of a Guidebook on Pedestrian and Bicycle Connections to Transit Friday, November 4, 2016, 12:00pm PDT Nathan McNeil, Allison Duncan and Drew DeVitis; Portland State University
Seminar—Topic transit-oriented development, Title TBA Friday, November 18, 2016, 12:00pm PST Ian Carlton, EcoNorthwest
Seminar—Topic Improving Activity-Based Travel Demand Models for Local Applications, Title TBA Friday, December 2, 2016, 12:00pm PST Ben Stabler, RSG

Upcoming Professional Development Events

Topic Date Speaker Cost Credit
Webinar: The Association Between Light Rail Transit, Streetcars and Bus Rapid Transit on Jobs, People and Rents 11/15/2016 - 10:00am Arthur C. Nelson, University of Arizona Free 1

Requests for reasonable accommodations may be made to Conference & Events Office, (503) 725-CONF, or the Disability Resource Center, (503) 725-4150, email: In order to ensure that reasonable accommodations can be provided in time for this event, please make your requests as soon as possible.

Recent Past Professional Development Events

Topic Date Speaker Archive
Webinar: Transit Signal Priority Evaluation and Performance Measures 10/26/2016 Miguel Figliozzi, Portland State University
Planning Transportation for Recreational Areas 10/21/2016 Anne Dunning, University of Kansas
Can Location Value Capture Pay for Transit? Organizational Challenges of Transforming Theory Into Practice 10/14/2016 Deborah Salon, Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University
The Bridge and the City 10/07/2016 Daniel Biau, Ph.D., International Consultant and Author
Integrative Public Transport in a Segmented City: Reflections from Jerusalem 09/30/2016 Galit Cohen-Blankshtain, Ph.D., School of Public Policy and Dept. of Geography, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem