Webinar: Assessing Cool Corridor Heat Resilience Strategies for Human-Scale Transportation

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT

OVERVIEW

Heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States, and the implications of heat impacts range from individual transportation users, to emergency management services, and entire transportation networks and systems. In this presentation, we'll cover key concepts for urban planning and heat resilience, including heat mitigation and management strategies. Additionally, we will discuss the original NITC-sponsored data collection evaluating one such cool corridor strategy--PlusTI cool pavement rejuvenator--and the associated challenges of researching impacts of strategies on human-comfort in natural and built environments.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

The audience will walk away with:

  • an understanding of planning for urban heat resilience;
  • the ability to recognize and differentiate heat mitigation and management strategies;
  • an understanding of the impacts of heat on transportation users and systems;
  • an ability to explain the challenges of evaluating local impacts of strategie.

THE RESEARCH

This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communites (NITC) and conducted at the University of Arizona. Read more about the project: Assessing Cool Corridor Heat Resilience Strategies for Human-Scale Transportation.

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Webinar: Marginalized Populations’ Access to Transit

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT
 

OVERVIEW

How do people with intersecting marginal identities experience social exclusion as they travel via mass transit?

To answer this question, PSU researchers employed a qualitative method less common in transportation studies: photovoice. Researchers asked participants to describe the factors that shape their travel behavior and provide photographic data of their experiences. Then, they conducted in-depth video interviews to gain further depth and clarity regarding the visual data.

The findings from this study can help transit system designers better understand how experiences of harassment and discrimination across the entire users’ journey affects the riders’ decisions about whether and when to take transit, and the extent to which transit-related infrastructure is related to decisions about where to live or their access to long-term housing.

KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Specific strategies for enhancing equity in relation to transportation;
  • Clarifying the places and spaces in which our most vulnerable residents experience mobility restrictions;
  • Ways that transportation planners can work with MPOs and homeless service nonprofits to advance understanding about—and action for—historically marginalized populations.

THE RESEARCH

This webinar is based on a study funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communites (NITC) and conducted at Portland State University. Read more...

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Webinar: Tools and Resources for Gateway Communities

Wednesday, June 12, 2024, 10:00am to 11:00am PDT
 

OVERVIEW

For the last five years, a team of researchers based in Utah has been studying the planning and development challenges of small towns and cities near national parks, public lands, and other natural amenities. Projects include:

The above NITC-funded research shows that these “gateway communities”–which comprise a significant portion of the rural West, constituting about 31% of all communities in the U.S. Mountain West and more than 60% of those under 25,000 people–are experiencing rapid growth and increased tourism. This has created a range of “big city challenges” for...

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