Friday Transportation Seminar: Driver Comprehension of Permissive Right-Turns with a Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA)

Friday, October 26, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT
Friday Seminar at PSU on Oct 26th: Driver Comprehension of Permissive Right-Turns with a Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) (Chris Monsere and Dave Hurwitz)

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With over 450 seminars presented and recorded (access the archive of seminars here), we host both visiting and local scholars to share the latest in research, technology, and implementation in transportation.

EVENT OVERVIEW

This research explored driver comprehension and behaviors with respect to right-turn signal displays with a focus on the Flashing Yellow Arrow (FYA) in a driving simulator and a comprehension survey. Flashing yellow arrows are used in place of other turn signals, such as solid green or flashing yellow or red circles, to indicate that drivers may turn after yielding to oncoming traffic. These turns are considered “permissive.” Turns where no conflicting traffic is present, such as those indicated with a green arrow, are “protected” turns. The flashing yellow arrow’s inclusion in the 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices sped up the signal’s adoption to indicate a permissive turn.

Results from a counter-balanced, factorial design were chosen to explore three independent variables separately: signal indication type and active display, length of the right-turn bay,...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Is Public Transit's 'Green' Reputation Deserved?

Friday, November 2, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at PSU - Is Public Transit's 'Green' Reputation Deserved? (Justin Beaudoin)

EVENT OVERVIEW

While public transit has a reputation as a potential means to ameliorate the adverse environmental effects of automobile travel, there have been very few empirical studies of the marginal effect of transit supply on air quality. We explore whether any of the substantial improvement in air quality observed in the U.S. from 1991 to 2011 can be attributed to increased public transit supply by developing an equilibrium model of transit and automobile travel volumes as a function of the level of transit supplied. We then empirically analyze the effects of the level of transit supply on observed ambient pollution levels by applying an instrumental variables approach that accounts for the potential endogeneity of public transit investment to a panel dataset of 96 urban areas across the U.S. over the years 1991-2011. We analyze the effects of the level of transit supply on the following criteria pollutants: carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide. We find that - at the margin, and given existing urban travel regulations in place - there is no evidence that increased transit supply improves air quality; in fact, transit appears to lead to a small deterioration in overall air quality.

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Portland’s Transportation Wallet: How Pricing Parking Can Create New Mobility Options

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

EVENT OVERVIEW

The Transportation Wallet is one of Portland’s newest parking and transportation demand management (TDM) strategies, designed to reduce parking demand while simultaneously offering new mobility options by bundling transit and bike share passes into one consumer product. Two of Portland’s managed parking districts have elected to add a surcharge to the cost of on-street parking permits, a portion of which is used to subsidize the cost of the Transportation Wallet. Residents and employees in the parking districts are eligible to purchase the Transportation Wallet at a fraction of the retail cost. As an added incentive to increase parking supply, people can trade in their on-street parking permits in exchange for free Transportation Wallets. Since the program’s full implementation in the past year, the number of parking permits issued in the districts has noticeably declined. Wallet holders report they are taking transit and bike share trips more, some of whom are new riders altogether, and many report driving less. The impact of the Transportation Wallet on the overall transportation system is promising, as people are replacing car trips throughout the city, with the highest concentration being in the two parking districts. Planning is already underway to expand the Transportation Wallet to offer more mobility options to a greater audience in more Portland neighborhoods.

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APBP Webinar: Conflict Resolution: Good Sidepath Design

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST

The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is hosting webinar viewings of the 2018 APBP webinars for the OR Chapter of APBP. These webinars are useful to professionals and advocates working in the field of bicycling and walking: planning, design, engineering, education, encouragement, evaluation, enforcement and advocacy.

See speakers and webinar descriptions on the APBP website here.

Would you like to host one of these webinar viewings?

By default, join us at Portland State University to watch these webinars for free (open to the public): PSU, Fourth Ave Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 170-05, Portland OR 97201 (map) That said, we’d welcome any local Portland partner to take on host duties for any given month and we’ll share our Oregon Chapter access information. Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu if you would like to host a viewing. Note - only one location can host a webinar at any given time, and it must be open to the public.

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Scenarios for Adoption of Autonomous Vehicle Technologies in Freight

Friday, November 16, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST
PSU Friday Transportation Seminar - Nov 16: Scenarios for Adoption of Autonomous Vehicle Technologies in Freight (Sabya Mishra)

EVENT OVERVIEW

Innovation adoption research has largely ignored organizational adoption, and little work has been done to understand or predict the adoption of innovations by freight organizations. Among the existing innovation adoption theoretical and methodological approaches this seminar will explore which are most appropriate methods for freight organizational adoption. The seminar will present a disaggregate market penetration model for freight transportation organizations adopting connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology and demonstrate an an application using a case study area in Memphis, TN. The seminar will highlight ongoing and future organizational adoption research for CAVs, and other innovations.

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KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • What are some of the evolving technologies affecting freight transportation?
  • Overview of adoption models for organizations
  • Analysis of organizational adoption considering one example innovation

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    Webinar: Segmenting the Market for Transportation Demand Management Campaigns

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 10:00am to 11:00am PST
    NITC Webinar: Segmenting the Market for Transportation Demand Management Campaigns (Phil Winters and Amy Lester, USF)

    OVERVIEW

    Social marketing seeks to develop and integrate marketing concepts with other approaches to influence behaviors that benefit individuals and communities for the greater social good. It is a useful transportation demand management (TDM) planning approach to promote travel behavior change. The purpose of this study was to explore a consumer market segmentation technique successfully used in Europe for its applicability to marketing efforts in the United States. Attitudinal and demographic data were collected from 1900 individuals in Florida, Oregon, and Virginia modeled after the European approach. Clustering analysis was applied to divide the sample into segments so that members of the same group share similar attitudes. These include attitudes about various modes, car use, and congestion and environment. A classification model was built to predict group membership. The most stable and distinctive segmentation resulted in 7 segments. From this list of over 100 attitudinal questions, 17 questions were found to separate segments most significantly and predict group membership with high level of accuracy. Attitudinal profiles for each group were developed based on thee mean responses to these “golden questions”. This webinar will discuss the method and results.

    KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of this webinar, the learner will be able to:

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    Friday Transportation Seminar: Connected Vehicles Technology Platform

    Friday, November 30, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST

    EVENT OVERVIEW

    The long-term vision and promise of connected vehicles is to use communication between vehicles, and between vehicles and infrastructure, to improve the safety and efficiency of our transportation network.

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    SPEAKER

    Larry Head, University of Arizona

    Larry Head is the Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and a Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering at the University of Arizona. He has over 25 years of systems engineering experience related to adaptive traffic signal control, signal priority, and connected and automated vehicle systems. He serves on the Arizona Governor’s Task Force for Self -Driving Vehicles, is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Freeway Operations Committee and Intelligent Transportation Systems Committees, and a member of the SAE DSRC Technical Committee. He is an Associate Editor of Transportation Research – Part C. He is a member of TRB, SAE, INFORMS, IISE, and IEEE.

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    APBP Webinar: What Do You Do? Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Skills

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST

    The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is hosting webinar viewings of the 2018 APBP webinars for the OR Chapter of APBP. These webinars are useful to professionals and advocates working in the field of bicycling and walking: planning, design, engineering, education, encouragement, evaluation, enforcement and advocacy.

    See speakers and webinar descriptions on the APBP website here.

    Would you like to host one of these webinar viewings?

    By default, join us at Portland State University to watch these webinars for free (open to the public): PSU, Fourth Ave Building, 1900 SW 4th Ave, Suite 170-05, Portland OR 97201 (map) That said, we’d welcome any local Portland partner to take on host duties for any given month and we’ll share our Oregon Chapter access information. Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu if you would like to host a viewing. Note - only one location can host a webinar at any given time, and it must be open to the public.

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    Mobility Matters 2019

    Monday, March 11, 2019, 8:00am to 5:00pm PDT
    Mobility Matters 2019 - March 11, 2019 at Portland State University

    Event Overview

    In 2018, the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University partnered with PSU's Graduate School of Education (GSE) to host the first-ever "Mobility Matters" Transportation & Wayfinding Summit. We're excited to reprise the popular interdisciplinary event in 2019. Mark your calendars for March 11, 2019!

    The full day summit will feature:

    • a keynote on human-centered design;
    • sessions on intersectional topics* such as accessibility in Smart Cities; wayfinding, and intersection analysis for ADA accessibility and safe crossings;
    • breakout field tours in the afternoon to dive deeper an apply learning from the day;
    • a reconvening to discuss specific design challenges in accessibility.
      *Topics to be finalized

    Registration is not yet open, please add your name and email here if you would like to be notified of updates on this event.

    Summit Partners

    Learn more about the growing PSU partnership on orientation and mobility.

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    Study Abroad: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands

    Monday, June 24, 2019, 8:00am PDT to Friday, July 5, 2019, 5:00pm PDT

    Applications are not yet open. Fill out this form if you’d like to be notified when they do.

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

    No previous language study required.

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND

    This program is open to both PSU Students and non-PSU students and professionals. Transportation engineers, urban planners, advocates, policymakers, municipal staff and other...

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