Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us online at 11:30 AM. All presentations are recorded and shared on the event page afterwards.
In October 2021, Portland City Council accepted the Pricing Options for Equitable Mobility (POEM) report. This was the culmination of 18 months of work by the POEM Task Force, a group of 19 volunteer community members who explored whether pricing tools—or charges related to driving or using road space—could be used to improve mobility, reduce climate impact, and make our transportation system more equitable. More information is available at Portland.gov/POEM.
At this seminar, POEM Project Managers Shoshana Cohen and Emma Sagor from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will share how this project took on the topic of “congestion pricing” from a new angle, putting equity at the forefront. They will review the framework used by the Task Force to evaluate a range of pricing tools—from parking prices to fees on private for-hire or delivery trips to bigger scale strategies like tolling and cordons—and the recommendations the group made to City Council, as well as what work will come next.
KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES
- How the POEM Community Task Force examined five different types of transportation pricing tools (parking pricing, fees on vehicle-based commercial services, highway tolling, cordon pricing and road usage charges) using an “equitable mobility framework.”
- Why the POEM Community Task Force concluded that pricing can improve mobility, reduce climate impact, and make our transportation system more equitable, but only if designed with intention, and what policy guidelines they recommend the City follow moving forward.
- What specific nearer-term pricing strategies and ideas seem to show the most promise to the POEM Community Task Force.
Shoshana Cohen, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)
Emma Sagor, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)
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.