Friday Transportation Seminar: Transforming an Urban 'Burb: Transportation Innovations in Vancouver, Washington

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Friday, October 4, 2019, 11:30am to 12:30pm PDT
Anna Dearman, City of Vancouver, Washington
Fariborz Maseeh Hall (FMH), room B128, 1855 SW Broadway
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

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.


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From Complete Streets policy implementation to stronger community engagement, bus rapid transit expansion to waterfront redevelopment—and so much more!—Vancouver, Washington, is on the move. Directly across the river from Portland, Oregon, the City of Vancouver serves as the southern gateway to Washington State; the City encompasses over 50 square miles, and, with a population of nearly 185,000, Vancouver is the fourth largest city in Washington (behind Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma and just ahead of Bellevue).

As Vancouver embarks on an update to the 15-year-old Transportation System Plan, learn about how the City is striving to transform the existing transportation system through more collaborative programs and more efficient measures. Smaller and suburban cities face unique challenges in growing metropolitan areas with economic and demographic shifts—and these communities must balance multiple, sometimes differing, expectations that the transportation system will provide everyone with an excellent level of service. In the changing landscape of ever-improving mobility options, advancing technology, and evolving best practices, find out how Vancouver is working to ensure that the transportation system operates as safely, efficiently, and innovatively as possible.


  • Managing tradeoffs through stronger community engagement in implementing Complete Streets projects
  • Partnering with agencies to expand bus rapid transit service in a suburban context
  • Supporting waterfront redevelopment while balancing associated shifts in the market and transportation demand


Anna Dearman, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Vancouver, Washington

Anna Dearman, AICP, is a Senior Transportation Planner with the City of Vancouver, Washington, where she manages the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program and many transportation grant pursuits. Anna also supports City transportation policy development and plan, program, and project implementation. Since graduating from the Portland State University Master of Urban and Regional Planning program in 2016, Anna has enjoyed working locally as a land use and transportation planner on a variety of projects in different contexts, as well as exploring the Pacific Northwest on foot and on bike (ideally with trekking poles or ice axe in hand).


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and professionals through education.