Webinar: Parking, Transit Usage and Congestion: Evidence from SFpark

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT


Parking is a serious issue in many urban areas, especially those experiencing rapid population growth. To address this problem, some cities have implemented demand-responsive pricing programs, where parking prices vary depending on the occupancy rate in a previous period. Yet, few empirical studies have rigorously evaluated these programs. In this study, we investigate the impacts of SFpark, a demand-responsive pricing parking program in San Francisco that began in 2011. We observe effects on three important aspects of urban transportation: parking availability, transit bus ridership and congestion. The timing of this program is plausibly exogenous to factors that affect these outcomes of interest since it is based on bureaucratic decision-making, so endogeneity is less of a concern. 

We use data from the SFpark pilot evaluation for on-street parking, which includes hourly data on parking occupancy, metered rates and measures of daily traffic congestion. Additionally, we generate a novel panel data set using micro-level Muni bus transit data at the bus shift-stop level to observe possible effects on modal transportation choice.

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Friday Seminar: Bicycle safety research at CARRS-Q in Brisbane, Australia

Friday, September 29, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

The PSU fall term starts Monday, September 25, and the first fall term Friday Seminar will take place at noon (Pacific) on Friday, September 29. Stay tuned for more details! Sign up for our newsletter and check the boxes for "Local Events" or "Online Events" to receive weekly seminar announcements during the term.

Friday Seminar: Utilizing High-Resolution Archived Transit Data to Study Before-and-After Travel-Speed and Travel-Time Conditions

Friday, October 6, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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Friday Seminar: Topic TBA

Friday, October 13, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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Friday Seminar: Road Diet v 2.0

Friday, October 20, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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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


This research 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.

This 60-minute webinar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit. NITC applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credit...

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Friday Seminar: Topic TBA

Friday, October 27, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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Friday Seminar: Topic TBA

Friday, November 3, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT

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Webinar: The Effects of Commuter Rail on Population Deconcentration and Commuting

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 10:00am to 11:00am PST

 

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RESEARCH SUMMARY

The Wasatch Front is a rapidly growing metropolitan area situated in a region with natural features that extraordinarily limit growth. The Wasatch Front Mountains constrain growth on one side while the Great Salt Lake and the Oquirrh mountains constrain the other. Among the nation’s worst winter inversions occur along the Wasatch Front, whereby high-pressure weather systems trap the air, and all the pollution added by humans, in the valley. The inversions produce red air quality days and significant health consequences for sensitive populations. Furthermore, the water supply issues facing the arid American Southwest encourage conservation and suggest wisdom in promoting density. Part of the region’s efforts to manage growth and natural resources has included a focus on developing a transit system comprised of local and regional bus systems, TRAX (light rail Salt Lake County), the Sugar House Streetcar, and FrontRunner, a commuter rail system connecting urban centers along the Wasatch Front. While research has long suggested that highway infrastructure supply increases infrastructure demand,...

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Friday Seminar: Topic TBA

Friday, November 17, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PST

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