Friday Transportation Seminar (PBOT Edition): The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project

Friday, February 28, 2020, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST
Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project

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.

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.


The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project is an expansion of the MAX light rail system into Southwest Portland, Tigard and Tualatin. Not only will the project add 11 miles of light rail track and 13 stations to the system, it also includes new bicycle facilities, sidewalks, safer crossings, improvements to local bus service, and significant upgrades to stormwater treatment infrastructure. As a cooperative effort between regional partners, the project is seen as a catalyst to help realize broader shared goals of...

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Grassroots Transportation Politics in Bremen and Berlin: A Matter of Environmental Justice

Friday, March 13, 2020, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar: Grassroots Transportation Politics in Bremen and Berlin: A Matter of Social Justice

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.


Civil society in Germany has had little influence on transportation politics and planning. Yet the urgency of the global climate crisis as well as the problems of the so-called “democratic deficit” are only increasing. These challenges indicate that a shift towards a sustainable as well as a democratic transportation politics is urgently needed.

Although the wide-ranging and interconnected nature of transportation politics makes this “Verkehrswende” both particularly urgent and particularly complicated, grassroots movements and civil society actors in Berlin and Bremen are seeking to create a truly sustainable politics of transportation in Germany.

Using qualitative analysis and expert interviews of movement actors, as well as a theoretical grounding in critical democratic theories, this project will examine how citizen movements can successfully steer public opinion and discourse about transportation and thus affect transport politics, policy, and planning in these two German city-states.


  • How can citizens influence...
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Webinar: When Growth Outpaces Infrastructure: A Community-Engaged Assessment of Transportation Gaps

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm PDT
People walking with no sidewalk. Text: Webinar - When Growth Outpaces Infrastructure


This study used a community-engaged interdisciplinary approach to assess the gaps between economic growth and transportation infrastructure development, and the impact of potential gaps on access to opportunities for environmental justice populations within North Central Texas, where population growth has increased over 100% since 2000.

The interdisciplinary team, comprised of social work and civil engineering researchers, in partnership with the regional homeless coalition, measured residents’ perspectives of:

  • the economic growth in the area over the past decade,
  • the extent to which transportation infrastructure has matched the economic growth, and
  • the implications for access to affordable quality housing, employment, quality public education, as well as engagement in cultural and social activities.

The team utilized a mixed-methods (focus groups and survey data), exploratory design to collect responses from a diverse sampling frame. The study results produced an infrastructure profile for the region, in which increased infrastructure from toll ways have improved job and population density, but with major challenges for usage of public transit.

The results can inform public policies that support targeted transportation infrastructure development. Moreover, study results can inform the knowledge base regarding the relationship between economic growth and...

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Partner Event: Mobility Matters 2020

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 8:00am to 5:00pm PDT

Portland State University’s College of Education is excited to reprise this 3rd annual interdisciplinary summit. They invite disability specialists, urban planners, engineers, transportation professionals, students, and community members to discuss the nexus between design, innovation, technology, and access. This year’s themes will focus on Youth Leadership: Growing Interdisciplinary Solutions Through Partnerships and Smart Design = Accessible Design. We’ll explore opportunities for regional coordination across adjacent metropolitan areas, with an emphasis on the Cascadia region.


    General Admission: Full Price: $130 -- Early Bird: $95

    Students: Full Price: $45 -- Early Bird: $30

    Questions? Contact the event organizers at

    This event is hosted by Portland State University’s College of Education, in partnership with the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University.

    The College of Education at Portland State University's mission is to empower educators and human services professionals to engage in visionary thinking and transformative practices with...

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    Webinar: Visual Exploration of Trajectory Data

    Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 10:00am PDT
    Webinar: Visual Exploration of Trajectory Data


    This webinar will demonstrate the tremendous value of GPS trajectory data in understanding statewide travel patterns and measuring performance. First, Dr. Markovic (U of Utah) will conduct visual exploration of GPS trajectories that capture about 3% of all the trips in Utah. He will briefly discuss the problem of scaling GPS trajectories to the population, and then focus on the use of scaled trajectories in computing origin-destination matrices, vehicle-hours delays, vehicle-miles traveled, and trip-based performance measures. Second, Dr. Franz (CATT Lab) will demonstrate a suite of visual analytics that enables transportation agencies to easily explore terabytes of GPS trajectory data. He will demonstrate different tools and share the experience of 5 state DOTs that are currently using CATT Lab's trajectory data suite.


    • Trajectory data represents the most complete vehicle-probe data and provides unprecedented opportunity for transportation system analysis.
    • Transportation agencies can easily leverage visual analytics to obtain insights in statewide traffic patterns and performance measures.


    This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and conducted at the University of Utah. Read more about the NITC research: ...

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    Friday Transportation Seminar: Moving Toward Equitable Transit-Oriented Developments by Integrating Transit and Housing

    Friday, April 10, 2020, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT

    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.


    Prior studies show that transit-oriented developments (TODs) increase property values and raise property tax revenue. Property owners reap economic benefit from TODs and public officials use it as evidence to justify the high cost of rail transit. However, renters, who rely on transit more than homeowners, may have to pay higher rent to live in TODs. The location affordability index at the neighborhood level suggests that renters can also benefit from TOD by saving money on transportation costs. Recent studies at the individual level, however, found little evidence that living in TODs reduces transportation expenditure. Using rental data scraped from Craigslist listings and travel data from 2010-12 California Household Travel Survey, this ongoing study contributes to this debate by quantifying and comparing the rental premium and transportation-cost saving for renters in TODs in eight Californian metropolitan areas. To address the potential self-selection bias, I estimate propensity score to match renters in TODs with similar renters outside of TODs. The findings from this...

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    Summer Transportation Camp (Girls)

    Sunday, June 21, 2020, 8:00am PDT to Friday, June 26, 2020, 5:00pm PDT
    Summer Transportation Camp

    This one-week residence camp offers any student entering the 9–12 grade who identifies as female an immersive introduction to the workings of the Portland transportation system.

    Half of each day is spent in the classroom hearing from PSU faculty and guest lecturers from ODOT, the FHWA, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, the Port of Portland, and various other public and private transportation agencies that operate in the Portland metro area.

    The other half is spent outside, in field tours of Portland’s transportation infrastructure and public spaces. Planners, engineers and designers come from all over the country to see Portland’s unique transportation system in action, and researchers use it as a testing ground for the most innovative solutions in safety, sustainability and livable efficiency. 

    Students will work in groups to solve a real-world transportation problem and use the skills they have gained to present a solution at the end of the camp.


    • Introduce you to professional women in transportation...
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    Student Study Abroad 2020: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands

    Sunday, June 21, 2020, 8:00am PDT to Saturday, July 4, 2020, 5:00pm PDT

    This four-credit (CE 495 / 595) Portland State University course creates an immersive experience to 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 Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, and Houten. Students completing this course will develop a broader understanding of sustainable transportation issues and expand their toolkit for context-sensitive solutions. This study abroad program will examines how the urban areas and transportation systems of that nation have been designed to promote transportation by foot, bicycle, and public transportation. You'll learn:

    • Design of bikeways, safe pedestrian crossings, and transit systems;
    • Urban expansion and land-use policies to promote travel by foot, bike, and public transport; 
    • Smart cities programs and projects;
    • Roadway system design for safety and to prevent roads from becoming barriers to walking and cycling; 
    • and design for transit priority on roadways and for high-quality rail, tram, and bus service....
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    Professional Study Abroad 2020: Active Transportation in the Netherlands

    Sunday, June 21, 2020, 8:00am PDT to Saturday, June 27, 2020, 5:00pm PDT

    Watch a video overview of the course with instructor John MacArthur.

    Practitioners are invited to attend this one-week, 30-credit study abroad course biking in the Netherlands. Curriculum will compare U.S. and Netherlands problems, priorities and solutions with specific emphasis on design and engineering principles. Leading bicycle professionals responsible for creating and maintaining the Netherlands' world-class bikeway system will teach the Dutch approach to bike and pedestrian planning and design through an intensive week of classroom sessions and tours. The instruction and interaction with other participants will bring you up to speed on innovative practice and research and teach you the skills and techniques you need to start incorporating Dutch principles into your next project, and adapting them for a North American context.

    Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

    • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions and multimodal context
    • Identify various options for treating intersections that incorporate bicycle facilities
    • Network with international experts from the various facets of bikeway design
    • ...
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    Partner Event: 2020 World Symposium on Transport and Land Use Research

    Monday, July 13, 2020, 8:00am PDT to Thursday, July 16, 2020, 5:00pm PDT
    July 13-16 2020

    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 symposium is planned for 2020 in Portland, Oregon, in the United States.

    Save the date! Join us at Portland State University for the fourth triennial convening of WSTLUR—the premier conference of international researchers in transportation and land use.

    Learn more about the symposium and register 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...

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