Friday Transportation Seminar: Student Presentations from TRB, Week 1
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:00pm

*NEW* LOCATION: Karl Miller Center at PSU, 631 SW Harrison St., Room 465
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Portland State University students will share the work they presented at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 2018:

Regional Strategic Planning Model and Development of a Multimodal Travel Demand Module
Integrated land use and transportation models have evolved along a spectrum with simplistic sketch planning models on one end and sophisticated microsimulation models on the other. While each type of these models has its niche, they are largely unable to balance the flexibility and realism of microsimulation and the speed and interactiveness of simple models. The Regional Strategic Planning Model (RSPM) aims to fill this gap by taking a microsimulation approach but making other simplifications, to model first order long-term outcomes of land use and transportation quickly. In this paper, we introduce the RSPM framework. We discuss our choice of model structures and specifications and then estimate the models utilizing a unique US nationwide dataset combining the 2009 US National Household Travel Survey (NHTS), EPA’s Smart Location Database, and the National Transit Database. This comprehensive dataset provides a rich set of variables capturing household social-demographics, multi-modal travel, built environment, and transportation supply. 

Exploring the Determinants of Vulnerable Road Users’ Crash Severity in State Roads
Pedestrians and bicyclists are the most vulnerable road users and suffer the most severe consequences when crashes take place. An extensive literature is available for crash severity in terms of driver safety, but fewer studies have explored non-motorized users’ crash severity. Furthermore, most research efforts have examined pedestrian and bicyclist crash severity in urban areas. This study focuses on state roads (mostly outside major urban areas) and aims to identify contributing risk factors of fatal and severe crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists in state roads. The results seem to suggest that besides improvements in roadway characteristics, additional countermeasures to reduce crash severity for vulnerable users should include educational campaigns, more strict control of alcohol intoxicated drivers, and protection strategies of senior pedestrians.


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour 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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