TREC table at TRB 2019

The 99th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) will be held in Washington, D.C. January 12–16, and TREC will be there in force, as is our tradition. Portland State University is sending 14 faculty and staff to present their expertise at TRB, and you can download our full guide here:

DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE TO PSU AT TRB 2020 (PDF)

Here are some highlights of lectern presentations:

  • Monday, 10:15 AM, Addressing Equity in a Changing World – Aaron Golub and Nathan McNeil of the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning (USP) will present in lectern session 1166 on Addressing Changing Demographics in Environmental Justice Analysis: Review of Demographic Trends and State of Practice

  • Tuesday, 8:00 AM, Bicycling Toward Equity: Opportunities, Barriers, and Policies for Vulnerable Groups – Jennifer Dill, Nathan McNeil, John MacArthur and Joseph Broach (USP) will present in lectern session 1394 on Bicycling and Bikeshare among Women of Color in 3 US Cities: Barriers and Opportunities...
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Last week the Portland State University’s Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP-ITE) group competed in the 28th annual Bill Kloos Traffic Bowl Competition held by Oregon ITE.

Competition in this trivia-based challenge was fierce, but the PSU student team took first place against the ITE student chapters of Oregon State University, Oregon Tech, and the University of Washington. In addition to bragging rights, they won a $500 cash prize that will go towards supporting STEP student activities for PSU transportation students.

Portland State University 2019 Team

  • STEP President Nicholas Puczkowskyj | PhD Candidate, Urban Studies
  • STEP VP Finance Rohan Sirupa | Graduate Student, Civil Engineering
  • STEP VP Communications Katherine Keeling | Graduate Student, Civil Engineering
  • STEP VP Events Gabby Galvez | Undergraduate Student, Civil Engineering
  • STEP VP Creativity Polina Polikahina | Undergraduate Student, Civil Engineering

Photo Credit: Oregon ITE Chapter

In addition to this annual event, Oregon ITE...

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Students on bikes in the Netherlands

In celebration of Portland State University's Day of Giving on December 3rd, we're devoting our efforts this year to raising funds in support of experiential learning opportunities through travel scholarships for transportation students.

TREC Experiential Learning Scholarships are part of a new initiative to broaden our student impact beyond our hands-on experience in research and support of PSU's Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP). We want to support immersive, experiential trainings outside of the Portland metro region. Introducing students to people and learning opportunities in other states and countries will allow them to bring innovative transportation concepts back to Portland, Oregon. This includes our flagship study abroad program: "Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands" which will be held again this summer June 21 - July 4, 2020.

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Street icons for bicycle and pedestrian
Nathan McNeil, Portland State University; Kristin Tufte, Portland State University

In the past decade bike and pedestrian count programs have sprung up all over the United States, gathering data to evaluate biking and walking infrastructure. However, these modes have not been studied with the quantitative rigor applied to motor vehicle travel. A research project funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), led by Nathan McNeil of Portland State University (PSU), offers a method for monitoring the quality of this bike-ped count data.

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Eisenhower Fellow Mike McQueen presents research at 2019 Transportation & Communities Summit

Nine Portland State University graduate students will receive Eisenhower Fellowships presented by the U.S. Department of Transportation at next year's annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB): Phillip Longenecker, Nicholas Puczkowskyj and Baxter Shandobil of the Nohad Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, and Gabby Abou-Zeid, Travis Glick, Katherine Keeling, Mike McQueen, Greg Norton and Jaclyn Schaefer of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University.

This is the second Eisenhower award for Baxter Shandobil and Mike McQueen, who were awarded the fellowship in 2019 also. Travis Glick and Greg Norton both won Eisenhower fellowships the past two years, making 2020 their third year in a row to earn the prestigous award. Meet the PSU Eisenhower Fellows of 2018, and the Eisenhower Fellows of 2019.

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Gabby Abou-Zeid is a first-year graduate student pursuing her M.S. in civil engineering at Portland State University and working with Dr. Kelly Clifton's SUPER (Sustainable Urban Planning & Engineering Research) Lab.  Her...

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A bicycle passes in front of a bus
Photo by Canetti
Miguel Figliozzi, Portland State University

When buses and bikes share space, it's complicated. Not only are there safety risks for cyclists, but also potential delays in bus service and stressful navigation for bus operators. The quest to increase bus speeds—and plausibly...

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Screenshot from the YouTube video showing Angie Schmitt at the podium

Over 120 active transportation professionals, researchers, students, and community members joined us October 15 on the Portland State University campus to hear journalist Angie Schmitt speak on the Pedestrian Safety Crisis. Miss the lecture, or want to share it with someone?

Angie may no longer be writing for StreetsBlog USA, but you can still follow her on Twitter or her freelance journalism for The Atlantic. She recently published her first Atlantic article on "Inequality is Slowing...

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A view of the ballroom with attendees eating lunch during the Summit keynote

The 11th annual Transportation and Communities Summit 2019, held at Portland State University (PSU) on September 19–20, drew attendees from 14 states across the U.S. Over 250 people joined us for the Summit day, and nearly 60 took part in the deep-dive workshop day. We hope the event offered new opportunities for collaboration and synergy between researchers, practitioners, and community members.

Peter DeFazio, the U.S. Representative for Oregon's 4th congressional district, kicked off the day with a video welcome message for the summit attendees, followed on the main stage by TREC director and urban planning faculty Jennifer Dill. 

At lunchtime Ben Wellington, the data storyteller behind the popular quantitative analysis blog...

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Bicyclists cross an intersection with a bike signal, near a red car
John MacArthur, Portland State University

What if your bicycle could warn you that a car is coming from a side street you can't see? Or let you know that your front tire is getting a little low, or that you're approaching a pothole that wasn't there yesterday? A NITC research project led by John MacArthur of Portland State University explores how connected vehicle (CV) technologies could encourage an increase in bicycling. As CV technology moves forward in the rest of the transportation system—with buses and connected streetcars requesting early green lights from the traffic signals, and cars chatting with each other about their locations and trajectories—there may be...

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TREC Scholar Briana Orr Presents on Portland's E-Scooter Pilot Program in a TREC Friday Transportation Seminar

Each year, through our Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) program, TREC offers a range of scholarships to assist students pursuing equitable, sustainable, and multimodal transportation. Four Portland State University students were awarded TREC scholarships for the 2019/2020 academic year: Gabriella Abou-Zeid and Darshan Chauhan of civil & environmental engineering, and Philip Longenecker and Briana Orr of urban studies & planning.

Want to apply for a transportation scholarship? Current PSU students may apply for scholarships for the 2020/2021 academic year beginning October 1, 2019 and are due February 1, 2020.


Gabriella Abou-Zeid (IBPI Rex Burkholder and Lydia Rich Scholarship)

Gabby Abou-Zeid is a civil engineering mastesr student working with SUPERLAB at Portland State University. Her research interests include affordable housing, transportation impact analysis, and transit oriented development and its impacts on land values and travel. As a student at the University of Arizona she presented as the lead author on a paper on transit-oriented development in a lectern session at the 2019 annual meeting of...

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