PSU Transportation Seminar: Oregon in Motion: Shaping Communities Through State Transportation Legislation

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Thursday, May 23, 2024, 2:00pm to 3:00pm PDT
Cassie Wilson, 1000 Friends of Oregon
Free and open to the public
Vanport Building, Room 267
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. We've opened up PSU Transportation Seminars to other days of the week, but the format is the same: Feel free to bring your lunch! If you can't join us in person, you can always watch online via Zoom.



About every eight years, the Oregon state legislature passes a large state transportation funding package. Transportation funding packages in Oregon have historically included funding mechanisms such as the gas tax, program areas such as Safe Routes to School, projects such as freeway widenings, and transparency and accountability measures such as establishing new reporting requirements and advisory committees. The way this legislation is developed and who has a seat at the table highly influences package contents and the public and political support needed for its passage. In this presentation, I will provide highlights from my recently published report, Oregon in Motion (PDF), which covers the development, content, and impacts of HB 2017 - Oregon's most recent transportation package - and previews what is to come with the next package anticipated for 2025.


  • Learn what a state transportation funding package is and how one is developed successfully.
  • Identify the impacts of funding and programs created through state transportation legislation.
  • Recognize the challenges and opportunities of the current state of transportation as they intersect with climate, housing, and equity.


Cassie Wilson, Transportation Policy Manager, 1000 Friends of Oregon

Cassie is 1000 Friends of Oregon’s Transportation Policy Manager. Cassie first connected with 1000 Friends as a member of our Land Use Leadership Initiative (LULI) cohort in 2021. This experience ignited her passion for local land use and transportation advocacy. Cassie later joined 1000 Friends as our 2023 Paul Gerhardt Jr. intern, during which she completed the Oregon in Motion report, interviewing subject matter specialists on critical transportation policies and programs around the state. Cassie brings a wealth of policy, political, community organizing, and coalition experience to this role – most recently she worked as a legislative assistant during Oregon’s 2024 short session. With a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Portland State University and a strong commitment to sustainability, Cassie is dedicated to driving positive change in Oregon’s land use policies. 


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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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.