Friday Transportation Seminar: The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project

Friday, February 28, 2020, 11:30am to 12:30pm PST
Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project

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.


The Southwest Corridor Light Rail Project is an expansion of the MAX light rail system into Southwest Portland, Tigard and Tualatin. Not only will the project add 11 miles of light rail track and 13 stations to the system, it also includes new bicycle facilities, sidewalks, safer crossings, improvements to local bus service, and significant upgrades to stormwater treatment infrastructure. As a cooperative effort between regional partners, the project is seen as a catalyst to help realize broader shared goals of fostering equitable communities, ensuring healthy environments, and providing robust mobility options for all modes. Currently in the planning and environmental review process, the project expects to start early construction in 2022 with service beginning in 2027.

This presentation will provide an overview of the partnerships, funding, conceptual design, and benefits of the project. It will explain the project’s guiding principles and walk through how the preliminary designs of station areas, structures, and other key corridor elements help achieve these goals....

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Friday Transportation Seminar: Grassroots Transportation Politics in Bremen and Berlin: A Matter of Environmental Justice

Friday, March 13, 2020, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Friday Transportation Seminar: Grassroots Transportation Politics in Bremen and Berlin: A Matter of Social Justice

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.


Civil society in Germany has had little influence on transportation politics and planning. Yet the urgency of the global climate crisis as well as the problems of the so-called “democratic deficit” are only increasing. These challenges indicate that a shift towards a sustainable as well as a democratic transportation politics is urgently needed.

Although the wide-ranging and interconnected nature of transportation politics makes this “Verkehrswende” both particularly urgent and particularly complicated, grassroots movements and civil society actors in Berlin and Bremen are seeking to create a truly sustainable politics of transportation in Germany.

Using qualitative analysis and expert interviews of movement actors, as well as a theoretical grounding in critical democratic theories, this project will examine how citizen movements can successfully steer public opinion and discourse about transportation and thus affect transport politics, policy, and planning in these two German city-states.


  • How can citizens influence...
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Webinar: When Growth Outpaces Infrastructure: A Community-Engaged Assessment of Transportation Gaps

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:00pm to 2:00pm PDT
People walking with no sidewalk. Text: Webinar - When Growth Outpaces Infrastructure


This study used a community-engaged interdisciplinary approach to assess the gaps between economic growth and transportation infrastructure development, and the impact of potential gaps on access to opportunities for environmental justice populations within North Central Texas, where population growth has increased over 100% since 2000.

The interdisciplinary team, comprised of social work and civil engineering researchers, in partnership with the regional homeless coalition, measured residents’ perspectives of:

  • the economic growth in the area over the past decade,
  • the extent to which transportation infrastructure has matched the economic growth, and
  • the implications for access to affordable quality housing, employment, quality public education, as well as engagement in cultural and social activities.

The team utilized a mixed-methods (focus groups and survey data), exploratory design to collect responses from a diverse sampling frame. The study results produced an infrastructure profile for the region, in which increased infrastructure from toll ways have improved job and population density, but with major challenges for usage of public transit.

The results can inform public policies that support targeted transportation infrastructure development. Moreover, study results can inform the knowledge base regarding the relationship between economic growth and...

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Webinar: Visual Exploration of Trajectory Data

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 10:00am PDT
Webinar: Visual Exploration of Trajectory Data


This webinar will demonstrate the tremendous value of GPS trajectory data in understanding statewide travel patterns and measuring performance. First, Dr. Markovic (U of Utah) will conduct visual exploration of GPS trajectories that capture about 3% of all the trips in Utah. He will briefly discuss the problem of scaling GPS trajectories to the population, and then focus on the use of scaled trajectories in computing origin-destination matrices, vehicle-hours delays, vehicle-miles traveled, and trip-based performance measures. Second, Dr. Franz (CATT Lab) will demonstrate a suite of visual analytics that enables transportation agencies to easily explore terrabytes of GPS trajectory data. He will demonstrate different tools and share the experience of 5 state DOTs that are currently using CATT Lab's trajectory data suite.


  • Trajectory data represents the most complete vehicle-probe data and provides unprecedented opportunity for transportation system analysis.
  • Transportation agencies can easily leverage visual analytics to obtain insights in statewide traffic patterns and performance measures.


This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and conducted at the University of Utah. Read more about the NITC research: ...

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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

This four-credit (CE 495 / 595) Portland State University 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 of sustainable transportation issues and expand their toolkit for context-sensitive solutions. This study abroad program will examines how the urban areas and transportation systems of that nation have been designed to promote transportation by foot, bicycle, and public transportation. You'll learn:

  • Design of bikeways, safe pedestrian crossings, and transit systems;
  • Urban expansion and land-use policies to promote travel by foot, bike, and public transport; 
  • Smart cities programs and projects;
  • Roadway system design for safety and to prevent roads from becoming barriers to walking and cycling; 
  • and design for transit priority on roadways and for high-quality rail, tram, and bus service....
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Professional Study Abroad 2020: Active Transportation in the Netherlands

Sunday, June 21, 2020, 8:00am PDT to Saturday, June 27, 2020, 5:00pm PDT

Practitioners are invited to attend this one-week, 30-credit 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 skills and techniques you need to start incorporating Dutch principles into your next project, and adapting them for a North American context.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Select the appropriate bicycle facility design based on urban form, traffic conditions and multimodal context
  • Identify various options for treating intersections that incorporate bicycle facilities
  • Network with international experts from the various facets of bikeway design
  • Leverage land uses to better support active transportation
  • Feel rejuvenated and excited to go back to work and make an impact!
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