Webinar: Eliminating Cash Options for Public Transit Fares: Costs, Benefits and Equity Impacts

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

OVERVIEW

Many transit agencies plan to automate their fare collection and limit the use of cash, with the goals of improving boarding and data collection while lowering operating costs. Yet about 10% of adults in the United States lack a bank account or credit card, and many either rely on restrictive cell-phone data plans or don’t have access to internet or a smartphone. 

This webinar will present part of a larger research project exploring these issues in the cities of Denver, Colorado, and Eugene and Portland–Gresham, Oregon. In this part, we explore the tradeoffs between reducing cash acceptance, ridership and the costs of fare collection systems. How much does it save to reduce cash acceptance, verses ridership and equity impacts?

We will also present a cost-effectiveness framework that combines a qualitative and quantitative analysis and use this model to explore case scenarios in our three cities. The model shows that adding a retail network to facilitate fare payment as well as preserving cash acceptance on board buses through the farebox are highly effective solutions. The model is customizable for any agency and similar analyses can be run for different configurations of fare collection systems.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • The extent and dimensions of digital and...
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Webinar: Electric Bus Deployment: Cost and Environmental Equity

Tuesday, June 8, 2021, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT
 

OVERVIEW

This presentation introduces an innovative spatiotemporal analytical framework and web-based visualization platform developed by researchers at the University of Utah to assist transit agencies in identifying optimal deployment strategies for a battery-electric bus (BEB) system by using a combination of mathematical programming methods, GIS-based analysis, and multi-objective optimization techniques. The framework allows transit agencies to optimally phase in BEB infrastructure and deploy the BEB system in a way that can minimize the capital and operational cost of the BEB system while maximizing its environmental benefits (i.e., emission reduction).

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Introduction to a bi-objective spatiotemporal optimization model for the strategic deployment of BEBs to minimize the cost of purchasing BEBs, on-route and in-depot charging stations, and to maximize environmental equity for disadvantaged populations.
  • The optimization considers the unique constraints imposed by BEB operations in a spatiotemporal fashion.
  • We used empirical data to offer a potential framework that can be adopted or expanded by transit agencies to optimally deploy BEBs by accommodating multiple goals and objectives that the transit agencies set forth.
  • The research could help transit agencies develop optimal deployment...
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Summer Transportation Camp at PSU: All Genders

Monday, July 19, 2021, 9:00am PDT to Friday, July 23, 2021, 5:00pm PDT

Hosted at Portland State University, this week-long day camp (free and open to any Oregon student entering the 9–12 grade) offers an immersive introduction to transportation careers and the workings of transportation systems in Portland. Learn more about this year's camp and apply here!

Partner Event: 2021 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research

Monday, August 9, 2021, 8:00am PDT to Friday, August 13, 2021, 5:00pm PDT

World Society for Transport and Land Use Research

The World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) promotes the understanding and analysis of the interdisciplinary interactions of transport and land use, offers a forum for debate, and provides a mechanism for the dissemination of information. The Society organizes the World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research. The first symposium was held in Whistler, Canada 2011, the second was held at Delft, The Netherlands in 2014, and the third took place in Brisbane, Australia in 2017. The next (virtual!) symposium is planned for 2021 in Portland, Oregon, in the United States.

Learn more about the event and see the latest updates here

 

Conference Co-Chairs

Kelly Clifton, Portland State University

Kelly Clifton serves as the interim Associate Vice President for Research and as a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. She holds an...

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Summer Transportation Camp at PSU: Girls

Monday, August 9, 2021, 9:00am PDT to Friday, August 13, 2021, 5:00pm PDT

Hosted at Portland State University, this week-long day camp (free and open to any female-identified Oregon student entering the 9–12 grade) offers an immersive introduction to transportation careers and the workings of transportation systems in Portland. Learn more about this year's camp and apply here!