Transportation network companies (TNCs) like Lyft and Uber are already changing driving behavior and car ownership, and soon we'll be surfing the oncoming wave of autonomous vehicles (AVs). What are the secondary impacts on city parking and revenue?
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NITC Research and Events
May 2019
Preparing Cities For an Automated Future: Parking, Curb Zones, and City Services
Automobile travel is evolving fast. Transportation network companies (TNCs) like Lyft and Uber are already changing driving behavior and car ownership, and soon we'll be surfing the oncoming wave of autonomous vehicles (AVs). A growing body of research is exploring the impacts that these emerging travel modes will have on transportation networks, but what about the secondary effects? In addition to changing things on the road, AVs will also reshuffle things off the road— city development patterns, parking demand, and land valuation—potentially leading to strains on government finances. University of Oregon researcher Ben Clark urges cities to prepare.
Webinar: Engaging Youth to Choose Car-Free Mobility
Wednesday, May 22 at 10:00 AM PDT
Today’s youth are tomorrow’s riders, bikers, walkers, voters, and transportation planners. As more transit agencies begin to offer free fare passes to public middle and high school students, it is important to have good communication strategy in place to encourage transit usage so they don't miss out on the potential for long-term behavior change. Transit agencies need to develop age-appropriate messaging strategies and tactics that promote youth car-free mobility. Autumn Shafer of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication will share insights from focus groups involving Portland teenagers.
How AV Could Shape Our Cities: Research from the Netherlands
Friday, May 10 (11:30 AM PDT) at Portland State University
Autonomous vehicles have become a hot topic of international research in many different fields of science. Gonçalo Correia of the Delft University of Technology will share his insights from the Netherlands at Portland State University's Friday Transportation Seminar (live and online). How will AVs change the way cities are designed? What are the impacts on the value of travel time, traffic congestion, and land use? Joining him will be Kelly Clifton and Chris Monsere of PSU to lead a discussion on AVs impacts on the future of transportation.
Student Spotlight: Adrian Cottam
Adrian Cottam is a second year masters student in civil engineering at the University of Arizona. He is a graduate research assistant in the Smart Transportation Lab working under NITC researcher Yao-Jan Wu, and is also an officer in the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) University of Arizona student chapter. His main projects have been for the City of Tucson and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). He developed a website for the City of Tucson which displays 24/7 lane by lane volume and occupancy data from Tucson’s video sensors on the Speedway Blvd corridor. For ADOT he is currently working on a website and a software tool that archives real-time speed data from every major roadway in Arizona.
Transportation and Communities Summit 2019
Sept. 19 - 20, 2019 at Portland State University
We'll be rolling out the program over the next few weeks but here's a sneak peek at what's coming:
---Passing through Safely: Design Guidance for Protected Bike Lanes at Intersections
---Fair and Accurate Data: Equity-informed Approach to Representation
---Active Mobility for All Ages: Policy, Investment, and Design
---Cross-pollination of Policy Reform at the Intersection of Housing and Transportation
Are you a member of ITE Oregon, APA Oregon, WTS Portland, or YPT Portland? Thanks to our Community Partners, you get a $20 discount off a Summit Day Pass
NITC Research in the News
NITC Research Updates
  • Converting Garages for Cars into Housing for People: Anne Brown of the University of Oregon co-authored a blog in "Transfers," a series from Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center.
  • NITC Student Wins Capstone Award: University of Arizona student Gabriella Abou-Zeid won the UA Sustainable Built Environments Capstone Award for her research on "Walkability in Tucson," mentored by Dr. Kristina Currans.
  • Impact Fees: Principles and Practice of Proportionate Share Impact Mitigation: Arthur C. Nelson of the University of Arizona to co-write this book for Routledge on local government impact fee and exaction practice.
  • NITC Graduate Will Teach at Bowling Green: Dr. Vivian Miller (UTA), a NITC Scholar, Dissertation Fellow, and new PhD graduate has accepted a tenure track position in Social Work at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Partner Updates
NITC University Partners
The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), is a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. NITC is one of five U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers. The NITC program is a Portland State-led partnership with the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and new partners University of Arizona and University of Texas at Arlington. We pursue our theme, improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities, through research, education and technology transfer.
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