PSU Transportation Seminar: Incorporating Equity into Planning for Operations and Transportation System Management

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Friday, October 27, 2023, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Caleb Winter, Metro; Pamela Vasudeva, WSDOT
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

Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. Formerly known as the Friday Transportation Seminar series, we've opened up PSU Transportation Seminars to other days of the week to better accommodate attendance. You can always watch online via Zoom.



How do cities, counties, transit agencies, regions and states apply processes, partnerships and tools to modernize our transportation system? What is behind the scenes that makes up a growing digital infrastructure? Who uses the technology and what is the bigger picture for these investments? Is technology always the solution, is there a ‘perfect’ blend of the old and new to create vibrant multimodal communities?

Both Washington State DOT and Oregon Metro have recently completed plans for a future of technology and operations that respond to the policies, values and needs of residents. Hear how long-range planning leads to near-term improvements for the movement of people including transit reliability, traveler information, connected vehicles, complete streets and safer pedestrian and bicycle crossings.


  • Plans, policies and programs to make more efficient use of the existing transportation system;
  • Transportation agency approaches to implementing interoperable technology;
  • A deeper understanding of how operations and management solutions can support communities that have historically been impacted by the transportation system;
  • A process and structure for incorporating equity policy into planning for operations and lessons learned;
  • Introduction to Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO).


Pamela Vasudeva, Transportation System Management and Operations, Washington Department of Transportation

Pam is the Statewide Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO) Development Engineer at WSDOT.  In her current role she is responsible for developing the state’s TSMO program plan that supports WSDOT’s multimodal system and addresses system needs across the state, including both urban and rural.  She’s been in the industry for over 18 years in both Washington and California.  Her responsibilities have included policy development, long-term planning, alternative analysis, and the early design phase of project implementation.  Throughout her career she has been committed to improving the operations and efficiency of the multimodal transportation systems with an overarching goal to provide safe, reliable, and cost-efficient options for those that walk, bike, and take transit.

Caleb Winter, Planner, Transportation System Management and Operations, Metro

Caleb Winter is a Senior Transportation Planner for Metro, leading the region's Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO) Program. Seeing the high cost of an imbalanced transportation system with dependence on privately owned vehicles, he started his career with transit research and moved into planning. Caleb's first TSMO assignment was to incorporate Transportation Demand Management (TDM) into the regions' first ten-year plan. His role as TSMO Program Manager started in 2014 and he led the plan update in 2021. Now, his focus turns to implementation by continuing partnership with community-based organizations and convening transportation system engineers to deploy technology innovations such as Next Generation Transit Signal Priority. Caleb is Co-Chair to two Transportation Research Board (TRB) Subcommittees: TDM Research Task Force (AEP60) and Regional TSMO Planning for Operations (ACP10).



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 Metro

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.