China's Motorization Wave and the Place of Emerging Technologies

Friday, June 2, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU

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E-bikes, E-Cars, Carshare, Bikeshare, and Micro-EVs in China have shaken up the traditional motorization pathways that have occurred in developing countries in the past. The combination of emerging vehicle technologies, urban and environmental constraints, and heavy-handed policy make China's motorization processes unique in the world—but how China motorizes has far-reaching impacts based on sheer volume of vehicles and population.

This seminar discusses the results of a six-year NSF CAREER project to explore China's motorization processes, combining behavioral and environmental modeling approaches to assess the impacts of emerging vehicle technologies on motorization and ultimately environmental sustainability. The focus is mostly on emerging lightweight EVs that have surprisingly surpassed all other modes of personal mobility in annual sales and hold great promise across different shared and personal vehicle technologies.

Dr. Chris Cherry is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee. He received his B.S. and M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Arizona and received his Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. His research focuses...

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Environmentally Sustainable and Affordable Housing Near Transit in Los Angeles

Friday, June 9, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

Where: Room 204 of the Distance Learning Center Wing of the Urban Center at PSU

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Providing affordable housing and reducing greenhouse gases are common goals in cities worldwide. Transit-oriented development (TOD) can provide an opportunity to make incremental progress on both fronts, by building affordable housing near transit and by providing alternative transport modes such that households reduce driving. While the existing literature has focused on the relationship between TOD and housing and TOD and greenhouse gas emission reduction as separate issues, it has seldom touched on the possibility that TOD could address both goals jointly. We provide evidence to show that focusing on either housing affordability or greenhouse gas emission reduction in isolation can lead to strategies that achieve one goal to the detriment of the other. Using the case of Los Angeles, we develop a scenario planning model that allows simultaneous consideration of housing and transportation goals, and illustrates the tradeoffs of different policy approaches. The results show that larger increases in residential densities combined with a small inclusionary housing requirement yields greater benefits, in terms of both reduced driving and more affordable housing, than would a higher inclusionary percentage with smaller increases...

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Webinar: Active Travel Behavior and Spatial-Temporal Land Use Mixing

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Date may change: This webinar will be held in July 2017; the day is still TBD.

Urban policies have emphasized the importance of land use mixing as an intervention beholding of lasting planning and public health benefits. Transportation planners have identified potential in efficiency gains achieved by increasing land use mix and the subsequent shortening of trip lengths; whereas, public health research has accredited increased land use mixing as an effective policy for facilitating greater physical activity. However, despite the myriad benefits and extent of topical research, no consensus has been reached regarding the magnitude of land use mixing’s effect on active travel. Absence of agreement may largely be attributed to theoretical and methodological failings persistent in past measurements. This research will identify these shortcomings and provide practice with a metric better equipped to evaluate the construct’s link to travel.

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Webinar: Bike Share Equity

Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Date may change: This webinar will be held in August 2017; the day is still TBD.

As bike-sharing systems become increasingly common in American cities, questions about the equity of such systems must be addressed. Bike share has the potential to provide residents a cost effective and healthy means of transportation, but many systems are not serving lower-income and minority populations, possibly due to lower station density in less affluent neighborhoods (Ogilvie & Goodman, 2012), low participation among non-white populations (Virginia Tech, 2012), or other factors. As a means to address these challenges to equity, the Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP), a collaboration of PeopleForBikes, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), and local partners, is making $900,000 in grant funding available for bike share operators, cities, and local non-profits to increase bike share participation among underserved populations. This research seeks to understand the impacts of these efforts to site bike share stations in low-income and/or communities of color and promote participation through outreach efforts.

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Webinar: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Smart-Parking Programs

Friday, September 1, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

Date may change: This webinar will be held in September 2017; the day is still TBD.

There is little empirical work on the economic and environmental impacts of parking management policies in the U.S.. This is largely due to scarce data on parking, including information on types of parking management policies for on- and off-street parking throughout a city. However, recently, cities and mobile applications have begun to leverage sensors and collect parking data. One of the more prominent programs to implement and utilize this relatively new technology is SFpark in San Francisco (SF). The purpose of SFpark is to use demand-responsive pricing to improve parking availability by updating metered and garage prices based off information on parking occupancy. The goal of this research proposal is to understand the relationships among economic and environmental outcomes resulting from SFpark using regression analysis, and of particular interest are three aspects of SFpark: 1) increasing parking availability (a priority goal of SFpark), 2) utilizing variable-priced parking, and 3) implementing metered parking in areas where or during times when it was not used before.

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Transportation and Communities Summit: Breakout Sessions

Monday, September 11, 2017, 8:00am to 6:30pm PDT

Monday, September 11

Schedule

7:15-8:00 am Registration and Breakfast
8:00-8:30 am Welcome
8:45-10:15 am Breakout Session 1
10:15-10:45 am Break and Poster Session
10:45-12:15 pm Breakout Session 2
12:15-1:45 pm Lunch and Keynote Address
1:45-2:15 pm Break and Poster Session
2:15-3:15 pm Breakout Session 3: Alternative formats inc. PechaKucha
3:15-3:30 pm Break
3:30-5:00 pm Breakout Session 4
5:00-6:30 pm Closing Reception

 

Sessions by Track

 

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 Operations
Planning 
Policy 
Traffic signal technology and connected vehicles
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Transportation and Communities Summit: Workshop Day

Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 8:00am to 5:00pm PDT

Tuesday, September 12

The day after the Summit, we offer hands-on workshops for those who want to gain new skills and dive deeply into specific subject areas. When registering for the conference, you can add the Workshop Day to your registration. You can also register for a workshop a la carte, without registering for the Summit Day. 

Full Day Workshops
Half Day Workshops

 

More about the Summit workshop day, including registration information.

Using novel data sources to support transportation planning and analysis

Transportation data sources are...

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Webinar: Racial Bias in Driver Yielding Behavior at Crosswalks: Understanding the Effects

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

The proposed project explores social identity-related factors that influence drivers’ behaviors in interactions with pedestrians at crosswalks. One dangerous potential point of conflict in our transportation system to pedestrians is interactions with drivers at crosswalks (NHTS, 2003). In 2010, there was one crash-related pedestrian death every two hours and an injury every eight minutes (CDC, 2013). Racial minorities are disproportionately represented in pedestrian fatalities: From 2000 to 2010, pedestrian fatality rates for Black and Hispanic men (3.93 and 3.73 per 100,000) were more than twice the rate of 1.78 for White men (CDC, 2013). If drivers yield differently to Black and White pedestrians at crosswalks, this may lead to disparate crossing experiences and disproportionate safety outcomes. We hypothesize that, similar to other forms of racial discrimination that minorities experience across various domains in society, drivers will exhibit racial bias when making decisions about whether or not to stop for pedestrians waiting to cross the street at a marked crosswalk.

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