Friday Transportation Seminar: Rideshare Practices in Developing Countries vs Developed Countries

Friday, July 29, 2022, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Francis Wambalaba, USIU
Free and open to the public
ONLINE and IN-PERSON: PSU's Vanport Building (Room 269) 1810 SW 5th Ave Portland, OR 97201
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us online or in-person at 11:30 AM. All presentations are recorded and shared on the event page afterwards.



This project investigated strategies towards development, marketing and implementation of employer programs for reducing single occupancy vehicles to mitigate traffic congestion. It was guided by the following research questions: which socio-economic factors influence carpooling; how do environmental factors influence carpooling; and what are effective traffic management strategies for enhancing carpooling. The presentation will also strive to introduce the US context for purposes of perspective.


  • To understand the context of rideshare issues in developing countries (Kenya).
  • To gain a comparative perspective between US and Kenyan context of rideshare practices.
  • To appreciate challenges and opportunities of rideshare programs in general.


Francis Wambalaba, Professor of Economics, United States International University; Nairobi, Kenya

Francis Wambalaba is a professor of economics at United States International University (USIU) in Nairobi, Kenya. He has over 30 years of career experience in the United States and Kenya, inclusive of: Senior Transportation Planner at Tri-Met; Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida; and Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research at United States International University, in Kenya. He managed the CUTR professional development program and coordinated the Florida State Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Certificate Program; managed the national TDM clearinghouse serving transportation professionals across the United States, Canada, Europe and elsewhere; managed several grant-funded transportation research projects; and was responsible for developing Transportation Business Districts and Transportation Management Associations in Portland Oregon and Tampa Bay, Florida. Dr. Wambalaba has a strong interdisciplinary background in rural and urban economic development including a double major BSc in Economics and BA in Business Administration (1983), an MSc in Economics (1985); a Certificate in International Business Studies (1985); Master’s in Urban Studies (1989), and a PhD in Urban Studies (1993). He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP - 1999); and certificates in Transit Operations Planning from MIT (1994), and Public-Private Partnerships from Institute for PPP in Washington DC (2005).


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education.