Webinar: Evaluating Urban Arterial Reliability Performance Metrics

Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am PST
NITC Webinar: Arterial Reliability Performance Metrics w Jason Anderson of Portland State

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OVERVIEW

With worsening congestion, travel time reliability is increasingly becoming as critical as average travel times in affecting travel choices. Researchers from Portland State University (PSU) partnered with Washington County, Oregon to offer data-driven strategies in prioritizing funding for travel time reliability improvements on their urban arterials. The vast majority of existing research on travel time reliability has focused exclusively on freeways. Avinash Unnikrishnan, Sirisha Kothuri and Jason C. Anderson leveraged Bluetooth sensors provided and deployed by Bluemac Analytics to identify problem areas in the county. Set up at intersections throughout Washington County, the sensors are able to calculate travel time from one intersection to another by matching Bluetooth signals from devices in people's cars. The researchers evaluated the Bluetooth travel time data to understand the temporal variation in travel time reliability metrics on these urban arterials, including factors related to time of day, weather, and holidays. They...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: From Confrontation to Partnership: City Regulation of Micromobility

Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Michael Schwartz, Ride Report

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.

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THE TOPIC

It has been more than two years since shared scooters first appeared in Santa Monica, California and more than four years since the first dockless bikeshare bikes appeared in China. As shared micromobility has experimented in its deployment and operations across the globe, cities have also been experimenting with ways to regulate and manage this phenomenon in a way that best achieves public outcomes. But how do we best protect individual rights' while still protecting the right-of-way?

This seminar will discuss experiences from cities with micromobility programs and considerations for agency staff and elected officials when launching and overseeing a...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: PDX Next: Redesigning Portland International Airport

Friday, November 8, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Sean Loughran and Mike Coleman, Port of Portland

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.

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THE TOPIC

If you like PDX now, wait till you see PDX Next.

We’re outgrowing our current digs. In the coming years, we expect our annual passengers to jump from 20 million to 35 million. Over the next five years, a series of transformative projects will bring more Pacific Northwest-inspired architecture, local restaurants and shops, inclusive design, and carbon footprint-reducing technology. We’re rolling out a series of improvements over the next few years so that your trip to and from PDX is easier and speedier. We’re making space for light-rail and bike-path enhancements. A dedicated ride hailing pickup area will streamline the entire experience. A new flexible transit hub will add close-in parking spots and bring all car rentals on-site.

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Friday Transportation Seminar (PBOT Edition): Next Steps for Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways

Friday, November 1, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University - PBOT Edition: Scott Cohen, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With the start of 2019, we're changing it up a bit! The seminar will be delivered 11:30 am (sharp) - 12:30 pm, with additional discussion over coffee and donuts afterwards. You can also watch online.

Periodically, we're teaming up with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to bring you special editions—featuring guest speakers from PBOT—merging our seminar series and the long-standing PBOT Lunch & Learn.

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THE TOPIC (PBOT EDITION)

Portland's...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Equity and Congestion Pricing

Friday, October 25, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Michael Manville, UCLA

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.

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Congestion pricing is effective, and efficient, but is it fair? One of the biggest concerns surrounding dynamic road charges is that they will harm low-income people. This seminar examines the equity implications of congestion charging, and argues that road pricing can satisfy the demands of both equity and efficiency.

KEY LEARNING TAKEAWAYS

  • The best programs reflect true private / public collaboration built on trust and respect.
  • Different actors have different definitions of success, but there is significant overlap.
  • Equity is complicated.
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Special Seminar: Transportation and Air Quality Monitoring and Analysis Using Drones and Sensors

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 4:00pm to 5:00pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Zhong-Ren Peng, University of Florida

Join us at PSU's Urban Center for a special seminar featuring Dr. Zhong-Ren Peng of the University of Florida. This seminar will not be streamed or recorded.

THE TOPIC 

Transportation is an important source of air pollution in urban areas that affects public health. Traditional research is mainly based on simulation models and monitor stations in sparse locations. But the observation data do not have the granularity to study the detailed impacts of transportation on air quality and human exposure at the fine-grained scale due to the lack of proper platforms. To fill this void, we have developed a new monitoring platform using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV, aka drones) as well as backpacks with air sensors. The drone- and backpack-based air monitoring platform allows us to monitor air pollution in three dimensions in real time in a very fine scale. In this seminar, Dr. Peng will present how the droned-based and backpack-based air pollution monitoring platforms were developed, as well as several applications in monitoring 3-D distribution of traffic-related air pollutants such as particular matters, ozone, black carbon, and other pollutants at the fine-grained neighborhood scale. Furthermore, ways to mitigate transportation-related emissions such as roadside landscape and network design will be introduced.

KEY LEARNING TAKEAWAYS

  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV, aka...
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Friday Transportation Seminar: Walking Research and Opportunities from the National Cancer Institute

Friday, October 18, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring David Berrigan, NIH

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.

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THE TOPIC 

Lack of physical activity is well established as a modifiable risk factor for cancer at multiple sites. Because walking (and rolling) are among the most common forms of physical activity in the United States, the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences of the US National Cancer Institute has supported a range of data resources, methods research and development and funding opportunities related to physical activity and cancer control across the entire cancer control continuum. In this seminar, Dr. Berrigan will share about emerging results from the 2015 National Health Interview Survey Walking and Perceptions of the Walking Environment Module, resources and data related to youth physical activity including results from the FLASHE and NHTS surveys and new...

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Ann Niles Active Transportation Luncheon 2019: "The Pedestrian Safety Crisis in America" featuring Angie Schmitt

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 11:30am to 1:00pm PDT
Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture at Portland State featuring Angie Schmitt of Streetsblog USA

SAVE THE DATE! Every year the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State brings a world-class speaker to speak on active transportation - with the support of the Ann Niles endowment. This year Angie Schmitt of Streetsblog will deliver the lecture at a luncheon on October 15, 2019. Save the date, registration opens in September!

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THE SPEAKER

Angie Schmitt is the editor of Streetsblog USA. Streetsblog is a daily news site that connects people to information about how to reduce dependence on cars and improve conditions for walking, biking, and transit. Since 2006, their reporters have broken important stories about efforts to prevent...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: The Safe System Approach: Considerations for Developing a Multi-Layered System

Friday, October 11, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
The Safe System Approach: Considerations for Developing a Multi-Layered System - Offer Grembek

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.

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THE TOPIC

While the overarching objective of the transportation system is to provide mobility, it should be developed and operated under the framework of a safe system with the aspirational goal to establish a system on which no road user can be severely or fatally injured. To accomplish such a safe system, it is necessary to effectively harness all the core protective opportunities provided by the system. This includes the street design and operations, user behavior, vehicle design, protection systems, and EMS. The common thread across these layers is speed. This is directly driven by the quadratic relationship between velocity and kinetic energy, and the necessity to provide safe...

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Webinar: Contextual Guidance at Intersections for Protected Bicycle Lanes

Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

 

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Separated bike lanes have become increasingly common around the United States as cities seek to attract the new riders, including people who want to ride but limit their riding because they do not feel comfortable riding with motor vehicle traffic. Planners and engineers are working to identify contextually appropriate, safe, and comfortable designs for intersection locations, where bicyclist paths cross the paths of turning vehicles as well as cross-traffic. This research employed a combination of user surveys and simulations to anticipate expected bicyclist and turning vehicle interactions and bicyclist comfort based on design type and volumes. Findings examine which types of intersection designs, ranging from protected intersection and bike signals to mixing zones, are most comfortable for a range of cyclists, while taking into account expected motor vehicle traffic. This project will provide valuable information to cities as they seek to include comfort-based factors into...

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