Archive | Transportation and Health

The Economics and Public Health Impacts of Diesel

Portland State University
Center for Transportation Studies
Winter 2012 Transportation Seminar Series

Speaker: Kevin Downing (Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality)
Topic: Driving to the Tragedy of the Commons Using a Diesel Engine

When: Friday, February 24, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Where: PSU Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204

EXTRA! EXTRA!
PSU’s Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP) will be holding a TRB debrief reception at Lucky Lab NW (1945 NW Quimby, Portland) on Tuesday, February 21 from 6-8pm. Read more…

Designing for Health (and other good stuff)

Portland State University
Center for Transportation Studies
Fall 2011 Transportation Seminar Series

Speaker: Andrew Dannenberg (University of Washington / Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention)
Topic: Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-being, and Sustainability

When: Friday, October 7, 2011, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Where: PSU Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204

What Active Transportation Means to Me Personally

I’ve been an advocate for “active transportation” – walking, biking and transit – since getting involved in public policy in Portland more than 15 years ago. But eight years ago when I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes it became something more for me, a very important part of managing my health.

Tomorrow I’ll be a guest on the KBOO Bike Show discussing this, along with several other people for whom cycling has had an important health impact.

11AM-Noon, Wednesday, July 6th
KBOO FM 90.7
Streamed live at KBOO.fm
Podcast here later that day

Faster Cars = Better Air Quality?

One of the fundamental “claims” of the Columbia River Crossing is that by reducing backed up traffic, air quality will improve. This week’s PSU seminar tackles whether that assumption in transportation projects holds true.

Portland State University
Center for Transportation Studies
Spring 2011 Transportation Seminar Series

Speaker: Alex Bigazzi, Portland State University

Topic: Can Congestion Mitigation Reduce Emissions?

Abstract: Policy-makers, researchers, and activists often assume that traffic congestion mitigation results in reduced motor vehicle emissions without proper justification or quantification. This research investigates under which conditions that assumption is valid by comparing trade-offs between increased efficiency and induced travel. Analyses include investigation of varying vehicle fleets – including advanced-drivetrain vehicles. Results demonstrate that higher levels of congestion do not necessarily increase emissions, nor will congestion mitigation inevitably reduce emissions. These results apply for both roadway capacity expansions and traffic flow improvement projects. We compare the emissions effects of various congestion and emissions mitigation strategies, with particular attention to the roll of trucks and the potential of truck-only facilities. Congestion performance measures are also compared for applicability to emissions trends.

When: Friday, June 3, 2011, 12:00 – 1:00pm

Where: PSU Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204