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Abstract: This seminar describes the results of a recently completed research project for the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP), related to capacity enhancements, as well as ongoing research underway to test the results of this research and to address economic and environmental benefits to progressive approaches to mitigation.
The SHRP 2 CO6 project was designed to provide transportation practitioners with guidance, tools and methods for conducting an integrated transportation planning process - utilizing an ecosystem approach to decision-making that improves and expedites transportation planning and project delivery. To do this, the research team developed a nine-step Integrated Eco-Logical Conservation and Transportation Planning Framework (“the Framework”), that addresses the partnership building as well as the technical and scientific aspects of an this integrated, ecosystem approach to transportation decision making advocated by Eco-Logical: an Ecosystem Approach to Developing Infrastructure Projects, and more recent refinements to watershed permitting and strategic habitat conservation planning.
The seminar will briefly outline the problem statement and the early but critical step of partnership building and process changes. The majority of the talk will focus on utilizing an ecosystem approach to the assessment of cumulative effects and alternatives,...Read more
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Abstract: The New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) industry has become one of the national strategically rising industries in China under the pressure of energy safety and environment protection. In order to promote the use of new energy vehicles, China is now launching a big campaign, called "New Energy Vehicle 'Ten Cities & Thousand Units Demonstration' Plan". This presentation will be focused on the background, progress and some key issues to be addressed during the implementation of the demonstration plan. Specific cases of Shanghai, including the Expo demonstration and Chongming Island demonstration will also be mentioned.
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This project will help demonstrate how sustainable ("green") streets contribute to the well-being of a community, including the physical and mental health of older and younger adults, along with the environment and economy. The project will collect data in Portland, OR neighborhoods to answer the following research questions:
Are residents living near sustainable streets more physically active in their neighborhood?
Do residents living near sustainable streets interact with neighbors more and demonstrate higher levels of neighborhood social capital?
What are residents’ opinions of sustainable streets?
Are there variations in responses to sustainable streets by age or other demographics? In particular, how to older adults differ from younger adults?
Does the implementation process and design affect green street outcomes?
Do sustainable streets affect home values?
How do green streets affect stormwater flows, urban heat island, and carbon sequestration in Portland neighborhoods?
The project includes a survey of residents in two neighborhoods with green street features and two control neighborhoods; an environmental assessment of the green street treatments; and an analysis of housing values using a hedonic modeling approach.
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Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH, is an Affiliate Professor in environmental health and in urban design and planning at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he teaches interdisciplinary courses on health impact assessment and on healthy community design. He is also a consultant to and former Team Lead of the Healthy Community Design Initiative at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where he works on activities related to examining the health aspects of community design with a special focus on the use of health impact assessment. Previously he served as Director of CDC’s Division of Applied Public Health Training, as Preventive Medicine Residency director and as an injury prevention epidemiologist on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, and as a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Dr. Dannenberg received an MD from Stanford University and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and completed a family medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. With Drs. Howard Frumkin and Richard Jackson, he recently published a book on healthy community design entitled Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability (Island Press, 2011, www.makinghealthyplaces.com).
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With the advent of the alternative fuels, it’s very appropriate that gasoline is based on fossil fuels and becoming ancient history. As the gas tax becomes less and less pertinent to adequately funding infrastructure, electronic cashless non-stop tolling options are a more viable solution to financing new projects and providing mobility to existing infrastructure. There are a number of technologies being evaluated for the future; including global position systems (GPS), existing proprietary radio frequency (RF) systems, open standard dedicated open standard dedicated short range communications (DSRC) systems, or the existing cellular networks are also being considered. This presentation will focus on what technologies are available and what emerging technologies are the most likely to emerge as an effective and affordable approach to funding user fees and infrastructure needs. This presentation will also describe how user fees and tolling systems can help the environment, reduce congestion, and provide effective cashless transportation systems based on equitable user fees.
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Abstract: Portland will soon have three different kinds of car sharing companies: fleet-based (Zipcar), peer to peer (Getaround), and point to point (Car2go). These companies are all seeing very rapid growth, reflecting an explosion of interest car-lite lifestyles that rely on public transit and bicycles for daily commuting complemented by occasional, hourly car rental. Living "car lite" is a growing trend not only in US cities, but also in Europe and Japan. Today's discussion will explore why car sharing is suddenly growing so fast, why venture capitalists, automakers and insurance conglomerates are all paying very close attention -- and investing -- and what this trend could mean for the future of urban living.
Steve Gutmann has been involved in the car sharing industry since 1998, when he was a young car-free banker who needed access to a car to visit clients. He joined Car Sharing Portland that year, took a job at Flexcar a few months later, and eventually became the company's National Sales Manager until Flexcar merged with Zipcar. He has consulted on car sharing for a major European automaker and a top-three insurance company, and he currently works for Getaround, the nation's leading peer to peer car sharing company. He lives in SE Portland with his wife and two young daughters.
ITS LAB Portland State University, Engineering Building (1930 SW 4th Avenue), Room 315
Special Transportation Seminar:
Denver Igarta, a planner with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, spent the month of November meeting with planners, advocates, urban designers and engineers in Munich (Germany), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmo (Sweden), on a fellowship sponsored by the German Marshall Fund. His presentation will share lessons on how these cities have structured their street systems to provide for mobility and access while still protecting residential areas from the negative effects of motor vehicle traffic.
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The history of the Columbia River Highway is a tale of visionaries, civic leaders, skilled engineers and talented artisans. In 1913, Samuel Lancaster designed the first 20 miles of what is now known as the Historic Columbia River Highway Lancaster’s work resulted was a world class scenic highway that once stretched from Portland to The Dalles.
Starting in the 1940s, the construction of a freeway through the Columbia River Gorge severed the original route in a number of locations. The Oregon Legislature in 1987 directed ODOT to preserve and enhance existing portions of the historic highway. Much work has been accomplished since that date. However, 12 challenging miles remain. Interested groups have joined together to advocate for the completion by 2016, the 100th anniversary of Lancaster's masterpiece.
This presentation will provide an overview of the history, current status, and future plans with specific emphasis on technical issues relevant to the surveying and engineering communities. An opportunity will be provided for questions.