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Jun 12, 2017
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The Portland State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to announce that NITC dissertation fellow Kristina Currans will defend her PhD Dissertation: "Data and Methodological Issues in Assessing Multimodal Transportation Impacts for Urban Development."

Advisor: Dr. Kelly J. Clifton

Since its first edition in 1976, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Trip Generation Handbook has become the predominant method for estimating the transportation impacts of land use, despite the lack of sensitivity to changes in the urban environments. As a result, local governments continue to be hampered by the urban application of the Handbook, overestimating (and overcharging for) automobile facilities, creating additional barriers to achieving multimodal or sustainable comprehensive plans. This dissertation explores the spatial, social, and temporal contexts of ITE’s Handbook, quantifying variations in vehicle trip generation estimates where...

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Postdoctoral candidates Joseph Broach and Arlie Adkins (both at Portland State University) were recently awarded $15,000 fellowships to assist them in completing their dissertation research. They were awarded the fellowships through an open and competitive process available to PhD candidates at Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Oregon Tech, Portland State University and the University of Utah.

Joseph's research will explore a travel mode choice framework incorporating realistic bike and walk routes. His research will consider a more complete mode choice behavioral framework that acknowledges the importance of attributes along the specific walk and bike routes that travelers are likely to consider. The proposed framework will then be applied to revealed preference travel datasets collected in Portland, Oregon. Measurement of nonmotorized trip distance/time, built environment, trip/tour, and attitude attributes as well as mode availability and model structure will be addressed explicitly. Route and mode choice models will be specified using discrete choice techniques.

He moved to Portland in 2006 after completing a B.A. in Liberal Studies and M.A. in Economics at the University of Montana.  Lifelong interests in transportation and how people make decisions led him to the Urban Studies PhD program at PSU. During his time here, Joe has worked on a number of research projects related to transportation data and modeling: ...

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