Making Advocates

Update: 9/6/06

Note that registration on a scholarship basis (i.e., free to activists) ends on September 13th.

Original Post: 8/22/06

It’s time for the PSU/PDOT Traffic and Transportation class again. I can’t say enough about this class. It’s a great way to learn how the transportation bureaucracy in local government works, and where to apply effort to get better outcomes for your neighborhood or community. This class got me started on my path to becoming an advocate and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in transportation.

Better yet, it’s free to citizens of Portland (unless you want to take it for credit). And you have the opportunity to have your class project immortalized here on Portland Transport.

The Portland Traffic & Transportation class starts September 27. This is a great opportunity to learn about the policies, politics and people shaping Portland transportation.

To register or get more information on this popular course, call or email Peter Hurley at (503) 823-5345 or To register please go to

Portland Traffic and Transportation Class Fall 2006

Neighborhood traffic, transportation options and how to get things done in your neighborhood are the focus for this well respected ten-week university course. Hundreds of Portland residents have taken this popular class and learned how to negotiate the maze of traffic and transportation agencies and issues. Here’s your chance to hear about how you can make a difference even in these times of budget cuts and shrinking gas tax revenue. Speakers include policy and decision-makers, planners, and engineers from TriMet, Metro, and Portland’s Office of Transportation, people who can make things happen. Facilitated by Rick Gustafson, transportation planning consultant and former Metro executive officer.

What: A ten-week course sponsored by City of Portland Bureau of Transportation System Management and Portland State University Urban Studies Program

When: September 27 to December 6, 2006
Wednesdays, 6:40 – 8:40 p.m. (except November 22)

Where:Portland State University Campus

Who: This course is designed for the neighborhood activist, new or experienced, who wants to make a difference on traffic and transportation in their Portland neighborhood.

Limited space is available for the ten-week class during the Fall Term. Full scholarships are available to qualified City of Portland residents for the non-credit course. To be eligible for a scholarship applicants must live in the City of Portland and not be a transportation or law enforcement professional. Deadline for scholarship application is 5:00 p.m. September 13, 2006. If you choose to the take the course for PSU credit, tuition is $168.50 for one undergraduate credit or $319.50 for one graduate credit.

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