Friday Transportation Seminar: Exploring the Transportation and Land Use Impacts of E-Commerce

Friday, December 6, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST
Friday Transportation Seminar at Portland State University featuring Amanda Howell of University of Oregon

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. You can join us in person at 11:30 AM, or you can also watch online.


E-commerce is growing—it is estimated that e-commerce sales now account for more than 10% of total retail sales in the U.S. The continued maturation of the e-commerce market is fueling a significant growth in warehousing, changing the nature of brick-and-mortar retail, and creating a surge in parcel volumes, which means deliveries are up. Way up. The New York Times recently reported that 1.5 million packages are delivered daily in New York City. In order to meet this demand for delivery, businesses are looking for new and creative ways to deliver packages to consumers, including attempting to automate the last mile. What does this growth in e-commerce and urban freight mean for our transportation system? What are the land use implications? What kinds of strategies are being employed to manage the influx of deliveries? This seminar will explore these questions, as well as touch on local research efforts to better understand urban freight trip generation.


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Webinar: Letting Bike Riders Catch the Green Wave

Thursday, December 12, 2019, 11:00am to 12:00pm PST

The date and time for this webinar has changed. It has been rescheduled to Thursday, Dec 12th at 11 AM. If you had already registered, you are still registered and do not need to do anything more.


The "Fast Track" project at the University of Oregon focuses on a mode of transportation that is sometimes left out of vehicle-to-infrastructure, or V2I, conversations: Bicycling. NITC researchers developed an app based on a new technology being integrated into modern cars: GLOSA, or Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory. GLOSA allows motorists to set their speed along corridors to maximize their chances of catching a "green wave" so they won't have to stop at red lights.

This project demonstrates how GLOSA can be used by bicyclists in the same way it is used by motorists, with a test site on a busy car and bike corridor feeding the University of Oregon campus: 13th Avenue in Eugene, Oregon. Researchers developed a smartphone app that tells a cyclist whether they should adjust their speed to stay in tune with the signals and catch the next green. The project demonstrates how university researchers, city traffic engineers, and signal-controller manufacturers can come together to help bicyclists be active participants in a smart transportation system.


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NITC Reception at TRB 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020, 8:00pm to 10:30pm PST
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8:00 PM – 10:30 PM EST

The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) invites you to join us for our annual reception at the 99th Annual TRB Meeting for a night of networking, fun, and bingo made especially for you transportation wonks.

And once again, we've bought out the whole bar (Fadó Irish Pub)! We had over 300 folks join us last year, and we're looking forward to it again.

We'll be running networking bingo (transportation style*), and handing out big and small prizes - provided by our research consortium of six NITC universities (Portland State UniversityUniversity of OregonOregon Institute of TechnologyUniversity of UtahUniversity of Arizona and University...

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Webinar: Assessing the Impacts of New Mobility on Cities

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 10:00am to 11:00am PST


Autonomous vehicles (AVs), e-commerce and the sharing economy are rapidly changing land use and transportation in cities. City leaders and professional planners are wondering how these technologies will change how they plan and operate cities. For the past year, the University of Oregon’s Urbanism Next Center and Sustainable Year Program focused staff and students on helping the cities of Gresham and Eugene better understand the potential impacts of a wide-range of topics and  study a variety of potential responses to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities. These topics include issues related to safety, social equity, active transportation, sustainability and environmental impacts, design and management of the right-of-way, and the metropolitan footprint. In addition, the cities thought about city operations and budgeting and how they can inform decision-making, manage innovation, and consider the fiscal impacts and new mobility revenue.

During this webinar, the Urbanism Next researchers will discuss the research they conducted to help the cities navigate new mobility and emerging technologies. Researchers will discuss how cities are preparing for new mobility and autonomous vehicles in a way that supports goals around land use, active transportation, more equitable forms of travel, and greenhouse gas emissions.


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Student Study Abroad 2020: Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands

Sunday, June 21, 2020, 8:00am PDT to Saturday, July 4, 2020, 5:00pm PDT

Offered through the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation program at Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center, this four-credit PSU study abroad program (CE 495 / 595) presents an introduction to sustainable transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context. If you're looking for the one-week version of this course for professionals, see here.



The course creates an immersive experience to explore the Dutch approach to cycling, transit, innovative mobility and land use. The curriculum will feature material that provides a comparison between U.S. and the Netherlands problems, priorities, and solutions. Specific emphases on planning and engineering principles, policy, and practice will be explored through field trips, tours and guest lectures, while visiting Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, and Houten. Students completing this course will develop a broader understanding...

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Professional Study Abroad 2020: Active Transportation in the Netherlands

Sunday, June 21, 2020, 8:00am PDT to Sunday, June 28, 2020, 5:00pm PDT

Offered through the Intiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) program at Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center, this 36-credit professional study abroad program presents an introduction to active transportation and land use applications in the Dutch context. If you're looking for the two-week version of this course for students, see here.



Practitioners are invited to attend this one-week study abroad course biking in the Netherlands. Curriculum will compare U.S. and Netherlands problems, priorities and solutions with specific emphasis on design and engineering principles. Leading bicycle professionals responsible for creating and maintaining the Netherlands' world-class bikeway system will teach the Dutch approach to bike and pedestrian planning and design through an intensive week of classroom sessions and tours. The instruction and interaction with other participants will bring you up to speed on innovative practice and research and teach you the...

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