Friday Transportation Seminar: A New Approach To Transportation Pricing: Lessons From The Poem Project

Friday, December 3, 2021, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us online at 11:30 AM. Stay tuned for an announcement of the fall term lineup.


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

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...

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Transportation Data Webinar: Current Landscape of Probe Data and a Look into Vendors Providing Access

Wednesday, December 15, 2021, 2:00pm to 3:00pm PST


With so many Probe-Data Vendors in the market, and the fact that each offers their own unique solutions, it can be challenging to identify which vendor(s) would best meet the needs of an organization. Based on a study prepared for the Seattle Department of Transportation, this presentation will provide highlights around eight Probe-Data Vendors and their capabilities, limitations, and quality of data.


  • An understanding of primary vendors that offer probe data and related products
  • Key probe data sources used to put together data summaries
  • An understanding of the types of platforms that exist and basic analytical capabilities
  • Data quality considerations from each of the vendors offering probe data


Scott Lee, CEO, IDAX Data Solutions

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Webinar: Mobility, Accessibility, and Resiliency of Community-Dwelling Older Adults

Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 11:00am to 12:00pm PST


Mobility disparities among older adults affect their ability to travel and access services. This project seeks to understand challenges, barriers, and gaps that older adults experience and to develop forms of assistance or educational strategies to fill the varying mobility gaps and meet the mobility needs. This study characterizes older adults’ use of existing and potential transportation options, including conventional transit, paratransit, and ride-hailing systems, based on surveys and interviews collected from community-dwelling older adults in Dallas, Texas. Through the interview during the pandemic, the research team found that perceptual and knowledge barriers appear to be reduced among older adults to adopt new mobility options such as ride-hailing although financial and technology barriers still exist. Based on the findings, we discussed several strategies that can potentially reduce observed barriers and challenges and enhance mobility to ultimately increase social equity across transportation-disadvantaged populations, particularly among low-income older adults.


  • The audience will evaluate older adults’ actual usages, awareness, willingness to utilize, and any associated challenges and barriers to access available transportation options.
  • The audience will identify factors enhancing resilience among marginalized older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic....
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