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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 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Data-informed Solutions to Arterial Travel Performance Measures

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Applications of Multi-Source Traffic Data for Urban Mobility Improvement 
Yao-Jan Wu, University of Arizona
Transportation agencies have invested a great deal amount of funding in intelligent transportation systems, especially traffic sensor technologies, to better manage traffic and reduce congestion. However, not all agencies have fully utilized the capacities of the advanced technologies. This presentation aims at providing data-driven solutions to enhancing traffic data usability for performance measurement for responsive traffic management and operations. Several case studies and applications currently being accomplished in Arizona will be also discussed.

Travel Time Metrics and Temporal Effects: Analysis of Urban Arterials Using Bluetooth Data
Jason Anderson, Portland State University
Recently, the Portland Metropolitan area was ranked in the top ten for worst congested cities in the United States. As a result, travel time reliability has substantially worsened. Although travel time reliability has been shown to be equally important as average travel time, a vast amount of literature does not focus on reliability. In addition, arterials are rarely the focus of travel-time- related research and the temporal effects on travel time are not quantified. Therefore, this work temporally analyzes travel time reliability on three urban arterials using Bluetooth detector data. To quantify the effects of temporal-related factors, the current study also applies a bivariate Tobit model. Results show that temporal-related factors and travel direction have significant impacts on both travel time reliability metrics and effects on expected travel time.

Signal Performance Measures: Aggregation and Advanced Tools
Alison Tanaka, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
As our communities become more connected, data from traffic signals, vehicles, and even people is becoming increasingly available. Signal performance measures provide one method for turning that data into information that an agency can use to prioritize activities, assess operations, and inform others about the traffic signal system. Automated traffic signal performance measures (ATSPMs) are picking up momentum across the country, and new tools are being developed daily to better aggregate and analyze the information. Learn more about the newest innovations in signal performance measurement and how you can put ATSPMs to work in your community.

This session is eligible for 1.5 hours of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.

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Kate Freitag

Traffic Operations Engineer, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
Kate Freitag, P.E. has worked for Oregon Department of Transportation for over 20 years in the Region 1 Traffic section. As the Region 1 Traffic Engineer, her focus is safe and efficient operations for all users of the transportation system. She is the program lead for traffic operations... Read More →

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Alison Tanaka

Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates
Alison Tanaka is a Senior Engineer with Kittelson & Associates, Inc. with a background in traffic signal systems and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). She has experience taking traffic signal projects from planning through construction, including complex interactions with... Read More →
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Jason Anderson, PhD

Research Associate, Portland State University
Dr. Anderson’s current area of research include: transportation safety modeling, spatial econometrics and statistics, and big data analysis focusing on various concepts (e.g., traffic flow, travel time, freight commodity analyses, methodological approaches, etc.). Dr. Anderson’s... Read More →
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Yao-Jan Wu, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Dr. Yao-Jan Wu is an associate professor of transportation engineering and the Director of Smart Transportation Lab in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Arizona (UA). Dr. Wu’s research interests highlight a strong connection between information... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Smith Memorial Student Union at PSU 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201