Friday Seminars

Fall 2014 Transportation Seminar Series

During the academic year OTREC at PSU offers the Friday Transportation Seminar Series. The seminars are supported by the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC). This series is free and open to the public. Students, transportation professionals and community members are welcome to participate in person and via live streaming video.
Time: Fridays at noon (Pacific Time)
Location: PSU Urban Center (506 SW Mill St), Room 204, unless otherwise noted on the schedule 
The seminar schedule is available as a Google calendar.

If you are viewing the seminar live and wish to ask a question, email during the broadcast.

PSU students may enroll in the seminar for one unit. To receive seminar announcements, join the Transportation email list. Here is the Course Syllabus for PSU students taking the course for credit.


Using "big data" for transportation analysis: A case study of the LA Metro Expo Line

Mohja L. Rhoads, Senior Research Associate, South Bay Cities Council of Governments*


Examining the role of internal planning decisions in improving transit performance and economic outcomes

Michal Jaroszynski, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Florida State University*
10/17/14 Understanding where we live and how we travel
Kristina Currans, Graduate Research Assistant, Portland State University
10/24/14 Development of the Idaho Statewide Travel Demand Model Trip Matrices Using Cell Phone OD Data and Origin Destination Matrix Estimation
Ben Stabler, Senior Supervising Planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Presentation (PDF)


10/31/14 Trick or Treatment? Impact of Route-Level Features on Decisions to Walk or Bike Joseph Broach, Ph.D. Candidate, Urban Studies, Portland State University

Presentation (PDF)

 11/7/14 Links Between Public Transportation and Physical Activity
Brian Saelens, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Seattle’s Children’s Hospital & University of Washington*

Presentation (PDF)

 11/14/14 Accessory dwelling units in Portland, Oregon: Evaluation and Interpretation of a Survey of ADU Owners Jordan Palmeri, Science and Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality Green Building Program

Presentation (PDF)

 11/21/14 Evaluating the level-of-service of protected bike lanes  Nick Foster, Senior Planner, Kittelson and Associates

Presentation (PDF)


Thanksgiving - No Seminar

 12/5/14 Evaluating the planning and implementation of major transit capital projects in the Portland region Joseph Recker, TriMet

Presentation (PDF)

* Speaker sponsored by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) Visiting Scholar Program

Requests for reasonable accommodations may be made to Conference & Events Office, (503) 725-CONF, e-mail: or the Disability Resource Center, (503) 725-4150, e-mail: In order to ensure that reasonable accommodations can be provided in time for this event, please make your requests as soon as possible.

This seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credits if attended in person or online during the live broadcast. OTREC applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credit for each course. We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for documentation purposes.

Attendees who would like to receive the credits will need to arrive to the seminar early or on time and sign a check-in list, or if viewing online, fill out an online survey following the seminar. If you are viewing the seminar live and wish to ask a question, send an email to during the broadcast.