Community-based Assessment of Transportation Needs to inform City of Portland Smart Cities Plan

Aaron Golub, Portland State University


The Portland Smart Cities UB Mobile PDX proposal is being transformed into a City of Portland Smart cities plan. The original proposal focused strongly on developing mobility solutions that would serve traditionally underserved populations. As the proposal moves into a plan, we intend to deepen our community engagement work, explore and assess what the transportation needs are in traditionally underserved communities, and explore how new mobility solutions embedded in Mobile PDX can best be crafted to meet the needs of low-income and traditionally underserved residents in Portland Oregon. This project will assist in that effort by developing a community-based needs assessment, involving an analysis of existing data sets, along with original survey work and focus group discussions with community members. The project will inform the plan and how it can be best designed to serve the needs of traditionally underserved communities.


This project will be a unique contribution to the field of smart cities planning by focusing on transportation – challenged communities. Very little has been researched on the intersection between these two issues. This project will likely identify both synergies and conflicts between the needs of transportation – challenged communities and the suite of solutions offered in smart cities proposals. This project should advance the state of knowledge about smart cities planning and will highlight the focus of NITC on community impacts of transportation plans and investments.

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December 31,2017
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Natl Other Projects
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