Event Date:
Oct 03, 2008
Content Type: Professional Development Event

Meghan Oldfield of Trimet gives an update on Interstate 205.

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Event Date:
Oct 10, 2008
Content Type: Professional Development Event

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A System-Wide Adaptive Ramp Metering (SWARM) system is being implemented in the Portland metropolitan area and should be operational on all corridors by April 2006. This study entails a before and after evaluation of the operational benefits of the new SWARM system using the existing data, surveillance and communications infrastructure. In particular, the study will quantify system-wide benefits in terms of savings in delay, emissions and fuel consumption and safety improvements on and off the freeway due to the implementation of the ramp metering system. This will aid in the optimal deployment of current SWARM system and will be transferable to other regions as their systems come on line in the future.

Event Date:
Nov 07, 2008
Content Type: Professional Development Event

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Event Date:
Jan 16, 2009
Content Type: Professional Development Event

Topic: Willamette River Crossing (Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project)

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Event Date:
Jan 30, 2009
Content Type: Professional Development Event

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Event Date:
Feb 20, 2009
Content Type: Professional Development Event

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Abstract:

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 provides comprehensive civil right protections to individuals with disabilities. ADA Title II requires every state and local government to prepare a self-evaluation plan to identify program access issues. From this, a transition plan is required showing policies and practices to achieve a barrier free environment. Although transition plans are required by the ADA, few cities have complied due to the high cost and complexity of conducting an accurate grade, cross-slope, and slab-to-slab faulting inventory assessment of their pedestrian facilities. Public works departments now are facing increased pressure to determine cost-effective and efficient methods for compliance with ADA accessibility standards. Failure to properly manage ADA compliance has proven costly to many cities throughout the country due to an increasing amount of litigation. The Bellevue Transportation Department decided to take a progressive approach to managing ADA compliance under a pilot program made possible by the Federal Highway Administration. The Ultra-Light Inertial Profiler (ULIP) is a specially-equipped Segway with an inertial profiling hardware sensor box that includes a displacement measurement...

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Event Date:
Jan 29, 2015
Content Type: Professional Development Event

The role of walking in the development of healthy, livable communities is being increasingly recognized. In urban areas, intersections are often viewed as a deterrent to walking, as their operation primarily favors automobiles, leading to large and unnecessary delays for pedestrians. There is currently very limited research on accommodating and/or prioritizing pedestrians at signalized intersections in the North American context. Pedestrians are often considered as a deterrent to efficient vehicular traffic flow and therefore active efforts to include them in operational decisions at intersections have been lagging. This research aims to fill that gap by understanding factors that influence pedestrian crossing behavior at signalized intersections and developing cost effective and easily deployable signal timing strategies that could be employed at intersections, to increase efficiency for pedestrians.

Dr. Sirisha Kothuri is a research associate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. Dr. Kothuri’s primary research interests are in the areas of multimodal traffic operations, traffic signal timing and bicycle and pedestrian data...

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Event Date:
May 07, 2010
Content Type: Professional Development Event

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Abstract:

Tappan Zee Bridge / I-287 Corridor

Environmental Study

Project Overview

The Tappan Zee Bridge / I-287 Corridor Project is a multimodal, 30-mile corridor project which entails portions of the New York State Thruway / I-87 and I-287 in Rockland and Westchester Counties. This is an extremely vital corridor, located approximately 20 miles north of midtown NYC, carrying 140,000 vehicles across the 3.1 mile bridge every day, with up to 170,000 vehicles on holidays and weekends. Projections of future daily traffic demand exceeds 200,000 vehicles.

The Project involves bridge replacement, new 30 mile-plus corridor-wide Bus Rapid Transit system and 17 mile, two-track extension of Commuter Rail Transit service from the Village of Hillburn in Rockland County to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan. The current total project estimate is approximately $16 Billion in 2012 dollars. 

Project Team

Project sponsors are New York State Department of Transportation (NYDOT), MTA Metro-North Railroad (MNR) and New York State Thruway Authority (NYSTA) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

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Event Date:
May 14, 2010
Content Type: Professional Development Event

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Abstract: Our speaker for May 14, 2010 is Gill V. Hicks, Director Southern California Operations for Cambridge Systematics, Inc.  For more than ten years, Mr. Hicks served as the General Manager of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA).  The $2.4 billion Alameda Corridor consolidated harbor-related railroad traffic onto a single 20-mile corridor between the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and the railroad mainlines near downtown Los Angeles.  Mr. Hicks’ responsibilities included overall management of the agency, building consensus, estimating benefits and costs of the project, generating political support, testifying before U.S. Congress, State Legislature, regulatory bodies, city councils, funding agencies and other stakeholders; developing a financial plan, raising funds, coordinating with railroad, trucking, and shipping businesses, and managing contracts for the project.

Mr. Hicks will discuss the major challenges faced by the project, including negotiations with three competing railroads, several municipal governments, utilities, regulatory agencies, contractors, and funding entities.  The process for consensus building will be discussed. Major lessons learned will be described, including methods for reducing project risk, keeping on schedule and within budget. Mr. Hicks will also touch on the challenges facing the agency as...

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Event Date:
Oct 01, 2010
Content Type: Professional Development Event

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