Friday Transportation Seminar: Equity and Congestion Pricing

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Friday, October 25, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Michael Manville, University of California, Los Angeles
Fariborz Maseeh Hall (FMH), room B128, 1855 SW Broadway
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

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.


  • 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.
  • Your analysis is only as good as the data you rely on. 


Michael Manville, University of California, Los Angeles

Michael Manville is Associate Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs. He is a faculty affiliate of UCLA's Institute of Transportation Studies, and its Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies. Both his research and teaching focus on the relationships between transportation and land use, and on local public finance. Much of his research concerns the tendency of local governments to hide the costs of driving in the property market, through land use restrictions intended to fight traffic congestion. These land use laws only sometimes reduce congestion, and can profoundly influence the supply and price of housing. Dr. Manville’s research has been published in journals of planning, economics, urban studies, and sociology. He has received research funding from University Transportation Centers, from the John Randolph Haynes Foundation, and the TransitCenter, among others. He has consulted for developers, environmental groups, local governments, and the United Nations. Dr. Manville has an MA and PhD in Urban Planning, both from UCLA Luskin. Prior to joining Luskin as a faculty member, he was Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University.


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


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