Friday Transportation Seminar: Freight Moves the Oregon Economy

Friday, October 28, 2022, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Becky Knudson, ODOT
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 presentation provides a broad overview of work conducted by the Oregon Department of Transportation in the field of freight analysis supporting long range planning. The information shared will touch upon the data and tools used to conduct analysis, describe the importance of economic context, and share examples from a range of different analyses. Content will be geared toward building understanding of how analysis is used to guide data-driven decision making in the public transportation sector. The presentation will highlight the importance of testing potential public policy to avoid unintended consequences, evaluate tradeoffs across different policy objectives, and test policy resilience against external forces outside of public agency control.


  • Exposure to ODOT freight planning
  • Overview of the tools and data relied upon to do this work
  • Real world examples of conducting freight related analysis used in everyday practice of the agency


Becky Knudson, Senior Transportation Economist, Oregon Department of Transportation

Becky Knudson is passionate about exploring data and generating information from what appears to be wild and chaotic. Becky is a senior transportation economist for the Oregon Department of Transportation with responsibilities ranging from program management to technical analysis.  She develops and applies economic, land use and transportation forecast models for use in long range planning and policy analysis. She has worked for ODOT for 25 years, moving to Oregon from North Dakota after earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota – Moorhead. Becky earned a master’s degree in Economics from Oregon State University and worked for the state soon after to pursue her goal of public service.



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.

Photo courtesy of Oregon DOT

Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) is home to the U.S. DOT funded National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), PORTAL, BikePed Portal and other transportation grants and programs. We produce impactful research and tools for transportation decision makers, expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engage students and professionals through education and participation in research.