Transportation and Communities Summit 2016

The second annual Transportation and Communities Summit took place at Portland State University on September 8–9, 2016. See photos. Browse this page to see the archived videos, presentations and posters, or click here to access the full playlist of videos from the 2016 Summit. Details about the workshop day are here

Panel Sessions

Getting Ahead of the Autonomous Future

Entire session, including Q&A (scroll down to watch individual presentations):

Breakout Session 1: Getting Ahead of the Autonomous Future; TCS 2016

Moderator: Maurice Henderson (Portland Bureau of Transportation).

Speakers: Andrew Dick (Oregon Department of Transportation), Lauren Isaac (WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff), Ashley Hand (CityFi).

View Andrew Dick's presentation slides or watch his presentation

View Lauren Isaac's presentation slides or watch her presentation

View Ashley Hand's presentation slides or watch her presentation

Putting Equity into Multimodal Transportation Planning

Moderator: Zan Gibbs (Portland Bureau of Transportation).

Speakers: Lisa Bates (Portland State University), Adonia Lugo (California State Los Angeles), Aaron Golub (Portland State University), Mychal Tetteh (Community Cycling Center).

View Adonia Lugo's presentation slides

View Aaron Golub's presentation slides

Planning for Emergencies and Recovery

Moderator: Jonna Papaefthimiou (Portland Bureau of Emergency Management)

Speakers: John MacArthur (Portland State University), Divya Chandrasekhar (University of Utah) and Lawrence A. Eichhorn (Seattle Department of Transportation). 

View Jonna Papaefthimiou's introductory slides

View John MacArthur's presentation slides

View Divya Chandrasekhar's presentation slides

View Lawrence Eichhorn's presentation slides

Travel Choices of Tomorrow 

Moderator: Kelly Clifton (Portland State University)

Speakers: Adam Cohen (UC Berkeley), Eric Hesse (TriMet), Brad Gleeson (CIVIQ).

View Adam Cohen's presentation slides

View Eric Hesse's presentation slides

View Brad Gleeson's presentation slides


Mitigating Displacement from Transportation Investments

Entire session, including Q&A (scroll down to watch individual presentations):

Breakout Session 2: Mitigating Displacement from Transportation Investments; TCS 2016

Moderator: Dana Dickman (Alta Planning + Design).

Speakers: Christopher Coes (LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors), Jillian Detweiler (Portland Mayor's office) and Gerardo Sandoval (University of Oregon).

View Gerardo Sandoval's presentation slides or watch his presentation

View Jillian Detweiler's presentation slides or watch her presentation

View Christopher Coes's presentation slides or watch his presentation

Economic Impacts of Transportation Projects

Moderator: Robert Liberty (Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions).

Speakers: Joe Cortright (City Observatory & Impresa, Inc.), Jenny Liu (Portland State University) and Michelle Poyourow (Jarrett Walker + Associates). 

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View Jenny Liu's presentation slides

View Michelle Poyourow's presentation slides



Performance Measures for Livable Communities

Moderator: Lynn Peterson (Smart Growth America).

Speakers: Chris Rall (Transportation for America), Eric Sundquist (State Smart Transportation Initiative) and Karla Kingsley (Kittelson & Associates).

View Chris Rall's presentation slides

View Eric Sundquist's presentation slides

View Karla Kingsley's presentation slides

Achieving Vision Zero

Entire session, including Q&A (scroll down to watch individual presentations):

Breakout Session 3: Achieving Vision Zero; TCS 2016

Moderator: Brian Davis (Lancaster Engineering).

Speakers: Eric Dumbaugh (Florida Atlantic University), Marco Conner (Transportation Alternatives) and Rebecca Sanders (Toole Design Group).

View Eric Dumbaugh's presentation slides or watch his presentation

View Marco Conner's presentation slides or watch his presentation

View Rebecca Sanders's presentation slides or watch her presentation

Redesigning Suburbia

Moderator: Sadie Carney (Salem Department of Land Conservation and Development). 

Speakers: Reid Ewing (University of Utah), David Berniker (city of Gresham) and Nico Larco (University of Oregon).

View Reid Ewing's presentation slides

View David Berniker's presentation slides

View Nico Larco's presentation slides


Keynote Address; TCS 2016

Keynote speaker: Brian David Johnson— Futurist and Fellow, Frost and Sullivan; Futurist in Residence, Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination; Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

View Brian David Johnson's presentation slides


*Some poster PDFs are not available.


Using ITHIM to integrate health impacts into transportation decision-making tools

Full Day

Instructor: Neil Maizlish, MPH, PhD, Epidemiologist

Integrated Transport and Health Impacts Model (ITHIM) is an open source, scenario-based Excel spreadsheet that assesses the health impacts of shifting travel from personal passenger vehicles to walking and bicycling and/or to electric vehicles and biofuels (low carbon driving). In this workshop, you will learn more about ITHIM and be able to get started using it right away.

The population health impacts considered in ITHIM are: 1) Increases in physical activity from bicycling and walking; 2) Decreases in air pollution; and 3) Changes to the pattern of road traffic injuries with attention provided to the increase in risks associated with pedestrians and bicyclists modes of transport.

Uses of ITHIM include: 1) Estimate the health benefits or harms of growth scenarios of regional transportation plans, including sustainable communities strategies 2) Estimate the health benefits of meeting specific targets of goals in transportation plans (increases in travel-related physical activity) 3) Place-based assessments of health impacts, especially as it relates to environmental justice issues.

In this workshop we will explain the common background of ITHIM and the overall approaches used. The workshop will be a hands-on technical session allowing participants to work within the model to gain a working knowledge of the model and to how to apply it at a local level.  This session will be limited to 15-20 participants. It is recommended that you bring a laptop to use at the workshop.

Outline of workshop

    1. ITHIM Basics
    2. Conceptual Basis of ITHIM
    3. Key Parameters, Default Settings, and Calibration
    4. Finding and Understanding the Model outputs
    5. Using the Interface for Data Entry
    6. Applications and Extensions of ITHIM
    7. Methods for Scenario Development

Enhancing bicycle and pedestrian access to transit 

Full Day: Morning Workshop and Afternoon Field Tour

Instructors: Lynn WeiganNathan McNeil, Allison Duncan, Drew Devitis and Russ Doubleday, Portland State University; Tony Drollinger, Metro Transit (Twin Cities)

This workshop will highlight best practices to address bicyclist and pedestrian safety, access and mobility to access transit featured in TREC research for the Federal Transit Administration's upcoming Guidebook, including findings from case studies around the country.

Detailed Workshop Agenda (PDF)

Morning workshop:

  • Overview of FTA Guidebook 
  • Station area design and planning
  • Case studies
    • Highlights from Minneapolis
    • Lessons learn from Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach and Atlanta

Afternoon Mobile Workshop:

This session will highlight the work in the Portland Metropolitan region emphasizing the collaborative efforts between TriMet and the local jurisdictions to prioritize bicycle and pedestrian access to transit, including light rail, streetcar, and bus lines. This mobile transit tour will be part two of the Enhancing Bicycle and Pedestrian Access to Transit workshop, but participation in the morning workshop is not required to attend this tour.  Transit passes will be provided for participants.

PORTAL data archive workshop 

Half Day: Morning

Instructor: Kristin Tufte, Research Assistant Professor, Portland State University 
PORTAL is the Portland-Vancouver area’s transportation data archive, storing data from various sources and modes. This workshop provides an overview of PORTAL and its data sources and gives you hands-on experience using PORTAL to help you address specific transportation issues.

Outline of workshop:

  1. Overview and documentation of the data sets and features that make up PORTAL. Special emphasis on new PORTAL features including vehicle length (freight) data and regional travel time data.
  2. Participants will dive into the PORTAL web site to explore it for themselves and retrieve data through practice exercises.
  3. Discussion: How can you use PORTAL to find data to help you do your job and learn new ways to address your questions?

It is recommended that you bring a laptop to use at the workshop.

Transforming transportation impact analysis: A new vision for coordinating transportation and land development

Half Day: Morning

Instructors: Kelly Clifton and Kristina Currans, Portland State University

Clifton and Currans have been instrumental in improving trip generation data and methods to more accurately represent multimodal travel from types of development. This workshop builds on their efforts to present a new vision for coordinating land development and transportation, which is key to creating vibrant livable communities that support a variety of modes and different performance goals. This workshop draws from their expertise to show how better planning for development gives communities more choices in how people live and get around. The outline for this workshop includes:

  • The vision
  • The issues
  • Proposed approach for transportation impact analyses
  • Data needs and collection techniques
  • Moving forward
  • Discussion and questions

Next Steps and Future of ITHIM

Livability: A strategic frame for public engagement

Half Day: Afternoon

Instructor: Deborah Morrison, Ph.D., University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication

Public engagement works best when tailored to the local community and its concerns. In this workshop, you will learn how to creatively and effectively communicate using the concept of livability, one of the primary concerns many residents have, no matter where they live.

Livability can be an effective way to frame communication and public engagement. Such strategies should be built upon solid research, and then brought to life with meaningful and impactful concepts and messages. This workshop will cover both aspects of communication strategy development, and culminate with the sharing and open discussion of several campaign concepts developed by a team of creative students at the University of Oregon.

By the end of this workshop, you should be able to:

  • Understand research-based insights on public engagement and concept development
  • Define “livability” and how that might be applied as a frame for communication
  • Analyze several campaign concepts and evaluate their relative effectiveness
  • Begin thinking about how to create more engaging messages for your community

Outline of workshop:

  1. The role of creativity in communication strategy
  2. Livability as a creative concept
  3. Examples of livability as a frame for public engagement
  4. Discussion / Q&A

Student Video Contest

Missy Gerlach of Whitman College accepts the Grand Prize for the NITC student video contest from NITC director Jennifer Dill.

Check out the other winners here.