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Transportation and Communities Summit 2019 (September 19 - 20, 2019 at Portland State University) This annual event in Portland, Oregon connects national mobility-focused research to equitable practice and policy through breakout panels, Lightning Talks, student posters, skill-building workshops, and a keynote from urban data scientist Ben Wellington.

--Summit Day Pass (Sept 19): $250
------Nonprofit / Student Rate: $75
------Elected Official Rate: $95
--Workshop Half-Day Ticket (Sept 20): $95
--Workshop Full-Day Ticket (Sept 20): $190
Current members of our Community Partners get a $20 discount to the Summit Day. Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu for a discount code. All sessions will be submitted for pre-approval to AICP, and are eligible for self-reporting to PDH for continuing education credits.

Hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University, and supported by our U.S. DOT grant-funded consortium: the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).
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Thursday, September 19 • 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Lightning Talks on Multimodal Research and Implementation

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For the second year in a row, we'll be hosting "pecha kucha style" rapid presentations on the latest and greatest in multimodal transportation research and implementation.

We'll never forget 2017 performance from Brian Davis of Lancaster Streetlab, giving a Shakespearean lament of "The Pedestrian's Tale." See video snippet here (YouTube).

The 2019 "Lightning Talks" lineup:
  • Assessing Viability of Carsharing for Low-Income Communities
    Farah Naz, University of Texas at Arlington
    This study utilizes a mixed methodology including mathematical modeling and qualitative focus group to understand the needs, accessibility, affordability, and willingness to use car-sharing within transportation Environmental Justice (EJ) population. For quantitate analysis, the 2017 National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) data was used to investigate the effects of individuals’ socio-economic characteristics, travel behavior and technology access on car-sharing usage. The focus group assess awareness of and sense of low-income communities’ willingness to use car-sharing.
  • Autonomous Vehicles and Active Transportation Safety
    Jean Crowther, Alta Planning + Design
    Even with a long-term promise of dramatic gains in traffic safety, the near-term cost of sharing the road with “learning” AVs disproportionately impacts persons who walk, bicycle, or access transit. Alta’s presentation examines the near-term risk of testing AVs in real-world shared-road environments in relation to the long-term expectations of widespread traffic safety benefits, and explores strategies for mitigating safety risks and preserving the livability of the transportation network.
  • Polycentric Development
    Reid Ewing, University of Utah
    This study asks 1) how polycentricity is defined and quantified in planning practices and 2) its transportation benefits. We first conducted a comprehensive review of 126 regional transportation plans (RTPs) across the U.S. Then, using spatial regression and propensity score matching, we identified activity centers in 28 regions and compared travel outcomes between households in centers and those of matched households outside of centers. 
  • The Effects of Transit and Compactness on Regional Economic Outcomes
    Torrey Lyons, University of Utah
    A pervasive assumption in transportation planning is that public transit can act as a moderator on the relationship between spatial mismatch and unemployment and poverty. However, there is little empirical evidence for this assumption. We examine 113 US regions and test whether transit does, in fact, have an observable effect on regional economies. We find that transit is negatively related to unemployment, poverty, and income inequality.
  • Transportation and Planning Challenges in Gateway and Natural Amenity Communities
    Philip Stoker, University of Arizona
    Small towns and cities outside of national parks, major public lands, and other natural amenities throughout the western United States attract tourists and new residents from all over the world because of the quality of life and unique experiences they provide.  It is therefore not surprising that such gateway and natural amenity region (GNAR) communities—including places such as Jackson, Wyoming, and Moab, Utah—are becoming increasingly popular places live and visit.  This Pecha Kucha presentation will illustrate some of the planning and transportation challenges these communities face which we learned about from in-depth case studies and a national questionnaire. 
  • Transportation Experiences Among Former Offenders: Informing a Facility Location Intervention
    Anne Nordberg, University of Texas at Arlington
    Inmates released from detention face a patchwork of logistical hurdles including court-mandated obligations, scarce resources, and mental health services. Transportation networks and services provide the mobility necessary for this population to successfully re-enter society. With a “bottom-up” approach, we reviewed offender experiences of transportation and housing during re-entry. The results will be discussed in relation to our larger project, developing a facility location problem for housing and services to minimize the average travel time.
  • Using Gamification to Provide Transport Behavior Incentives
    Scott Kuznicki, Modern Traffic Consultants
    Current efforts to drive modal change often fail to meet expectations due to a lack of interest and participation from road users.  Punitive measures such as congestion pricing drive dissent more than cooperation, limiting the usefulness of such schemes.  Gamification, on the other hand, has been proven to engage users and drive participation if tied to rewards.  Using a gameplay-based platform, coupled with a system of points, would allow transport agencies to display the contrast between modes related to external costs not typically considered by users, excite users with the prospect of being rewarded for offsetting those costs through choice, and provide high-value incentives without expending precious transportation revenue.
  • Virginia, Have Your Diets Worked?
    Peter Ohlms, Virginia Transportation Research Council
    Although Virginia has some of the nation’s leading (and award-winning) examples of road diets, public opposition continues to emerge when localities propose new Complete Streets retrofits. Will more data help? 

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Roger Lindgren, PhD

Professor & Chair of Civil Engineering, Oregon Tech
Dr. Lindgren is a native of Edmonton, Canada and has over twenty years of engineering and teaching experience. His research interests include traffic flow theory, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), microscopic simulation of urban and rural traffic, as well as pavement design... Read More →

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Jean Crowther

New Mobility Group Leader, Alta Planning + Design
Jean Crowther, AICP is a Senior Associate with Alta Planning + Design, a national firm specializing in active transportation and mobility. She leads Alta's New Mobility practice, building on eight years as a bikeshare planning specialist and 15 years of planning for mobility options... Read More →
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Torrey Lyons, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Torrey Lyons is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he is working under Dr. Noreen McDonald. He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, a Master of Public Policy from the University of Utah... Read More →
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Reid Ewing, PhD

Distinguished Professor, University of Utah
Reid Ewing, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and columnist for Planning magazine. He holds master’s degrees in Engineering and City Planning from... Read More →
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Anne Nordberg, PhD

Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Nordberg is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at The University of Texas at Arlington.  She earned a joint PhD in Social Science and Social Worker at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the lived experiences of justice-involved people. She studies innovative... Read More →
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Scott Kuznicki

President, Modern Traffic Consultants
Scott O. Kuznicki is a traffic operations and safety engineer bringing bold ideas to the new mobility world.  His work and speaking engagements throughout the world are a testament to his willingness to learn and observe without borders.  He has delivered cutting-edge and innovative... Read More →
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Farah Naz

PhD Student, University of Texas at Arlington
Ms. Farah Naz is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. She graduated with her master’s in transportation engineering from Northeastern University. She is the Vice president of UTA ITE student chapter. Her research focuses... Read More →
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Peter Ohlms

Research Scientist, Virginia Transportation Research Council
Peter Ohlms, AICP, researches bicycle/pedestrian, transit, and planning topics for the Virginia DOT’s research division, the Virginia Transportation Research Council. He has over 10 years of experience in multimodal transportation planning and is usually a bike commuter and occasionally... Read More →
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Philip Stoker, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
Philip Stoker is an Assistant Professor of Planning and Landscape Architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Philip holds a Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy, and Design from the University of Utah where he completed his thesis on urban... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm PDT
Smith Memorial Student Union at PSU 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201