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A new FHWA report prepared by Portland State University provides a nationwide analysis of current best practices for long-range planning for changing EJ Population demographics. Every Federal agency has a mandate to develop a strategy for identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse human health or environmental effects on low-income and minority populations. In transportation planning this means including those communities' voices in the planning process, and evaluating the social impacts early on.

TREC at Portland State University
March 2019
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Best Practices in Long-Range Planning for Changing Environmental Justice Populations
Since 1994, every Federal agency must develop a strategy for addressing "environmental justice" (EJ) – the disproportionately adverse human health or environmental effects on low-income and minority populations. In transportation planning this means including those communities' voices in the planning process, and evaluating the social impacts early on. But what happens if EJ Populations move or grow during the sometimes decade-long project development process? New research from the Federal Highway Administration, prepared by Portland State University and ICF International, provides case study insight into current best practices from state and regional agencies.
From the Blog: Is Owning a Car Becoming Quaint?
Blog by TREC Director Jennifer Dill, PhD
Kara Swisher’s New York Times column titled "Owning a Car Will Soon Be as Quaint as Owning a Horse" was just the right distraction from grading finals, but it sent me off on a data exploration. Swisher compares how quickly people made other cultural shifts, e.g. from paper maps to map apps, snail mail to email. She applied this same lens to cars. She admits that the digitization of cars is an easier shift to make in major metro areas with lots of alternatives, and she is skeptical about how quickly fully autonomous vehicles will arrive. But, I still questioned her optimism, and began downloading U.S. Census data.
IBPI Faculty Workshop: Integrating Bike-Ped Topics into University Transportation Courses
June 20 - 21, 2019
Lead Instructor: Chris Monsere, Portland State University

In the past decade, we've supported 80 university instructors in bringing bike-ped curriculum into their classrooms. On a national level, these faculty have enhanced transportation courses at 43 universities in 32 U.S. states, plus Canada and Mexico (see heat map on the left, we couldn't resist the data visualization). Don't see your state in any shade of orange? Be the first to bring up-to-date bicycle and pedestrian topics to your university, and join this year's faculty cohort for two days of classroom instruction combined with bike and walking tours in Portland, Oregon.
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Friday Transportation Seminar: That Bike is Too Heavy: Merging Bicycling Physics, Human Physiology and Travel Behavior
Alex Bigazzi, University of British Columbia (May 3 at PSU)
Although urban cycling is widely known as physically active transportation, the actual physics of cycling have been given little attention in transportation engineering and planning. In contrast, the field of sports science has developed detailed data and models of road bicycle performance. What can we learn about utilitarian cycling by integrating this knowledge? This seminar with Portland State alum Alex Bigazzi will examine the ways in which bicycle physics, and the physiology of cyclists, can influence outcomes of interest to transportation professionals.
Portland State Civil Engineering Student Mike McQueen Awarded YPT National Streetlight Graduate Fellowship
The Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is pleased to announce that Mike McQueen, a first year master's student studying transportation, has been awarded the Young Professionals in Transportation StreetLight Graduate Fellowship. The award includes a plaque, one year of YPT membership, a monetary scholarship, and one month of access to StreetLight Insight. Mike was also one of seven Portland State University students to be awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship at this year's annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board.
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TREC at PSU is home to the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI), and other transportation programs. TREC produces research and tools for transportation decision makers, develops K-12 curriculum to expand the diversity and capacity of the workforce, and engages students and young professionals through education.
 
 
 
 
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