Exploiting new developments in communication, sensing and intelligent infrastructure systems, our opportunities for new traffic control strategies expand.
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NITC Research and Events
April 2019
Developing Tools for Social Workers, Engineers, and Planners to Address Mobility Gaps
Noelle Fields of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) School of Social Work headed an interdisciplinary research team exploring collaboration between disciplines to build a transportation system that better serves everyone. Planners and engineers need more tools to serve at-risk communities, and social workers often struggle to influence the mobility outcomes for the communities they work with. Evidence of these struggles manifest as unequal access and opportunity in transportation. Using new, app-based technology for travel diaries, the focus group participants cited longitudinal data and crowd-sourced / real-time data as critical to the process.
Exploring New Solutions to Urban Congestion Through a Network of Traffic Signal Controls
Automobile traffic congestion in urban areas comes with significant economic and social costs for everyone. According to the 2015 Urban Mobility Report, the total additional cost of congestion was $160 billion. NITC researcher Gerardo Lafferriere of Portland State University offers a new approach to urban traffic signal control which is computationally efficient, responsive to local congestion, and at the same time has the potential for congestion management at the network level. Exploiting new developments in communication, sensing and intelligent infrastructure systems, our opportunities for new traffic control strategies expand.
Urban Data Scientist and Policy Analyst to Keynote Transportation Summit at PSU
We’ve been hosting an annual Transportation & Communities Summit connecting national mobility-focused research to local practice for eleven years now. Registration is now open, and this year we’re excited to welcome our keynote Ben Wellington —a data scientist and policy analyst from New York, NY. His data analysis has influenced local government policy including changes in NYC street infrastructure, the way New Yorkers pay for cabs and the design of NYC subway vending machines, and made it’s way to TEDTalks "Making Data Mean More Through Storytelling" and and "How We Found the Worst Place to Park in New York City — using Big Data".
Seminar: Can Ridehailing Deliver Equity? Lessons for New Mobility Planning
Friday, May 31 (11:30 AM PST) online and live at PSU
Collaborating across NITC universities, researcher Anne Brown of the University of Oregon will visit Portland State, to present her work in a free, live (and online) seminar on new mobility planning. New mobility modes including ridehailing, bikeshare, and e-scooters offer the potential to revolutionize how people travel. But as cities and agencies work to integrate these new services into the existing transportation landscape, the equity implications of these modes remain murky. In this talk, Brown will present research on new mobility travel and the equity outcomes of ridehailing from Los Angeles.
Student Spotlight: Amanda Dillon
Amanda Dillon is a research assistant in the University of Utah's Metropolitan Research Center, and a second year dual master’s student in city and metropolitan planning and real estate development at the University of Utah. She has received both NITC and WTS scholarships, and has recently been hired as a community planner in the urban design studio of MHTN Architects, a major architecture firm in Salt Lake City. Amanda became interested in transportation and our (unhealthy) relationship with cars at a young age growing up in Los Angeles. Now that she is in Salt Lake City, she is focused on researching and creating more sustainable relationships between land management and transportation.
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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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