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Emerging field of HIA helps to assess the public health impact of future plans

Posted on July 11, 2014

New research from NITC looks at Health Impact Assessment, or HIA, in transportation planning.

The leading causes of death in the United States are no longer communicable diseases. Instead, chronic conditions linked to behaviors and shaped by environments—such as obesity and diabetes—are today’s most pressing public health concerns.
 
HIA is a way of evaluating the effects that planning decisions will have on public health.
 
Researcher Nicole Iroz-Elardo studied this relatively new endeavor, analyzing and comparing three contemporary case studies in HIA.
 
She will share her findings in an IBPI webinar on July 16, 2014.

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Tags: active transportation, design, livability, nitc, portland state university

Portland State University students enhance Tigard’s walkability

Posted on June 30, 2014

Several notable transportation projects have come out of Portland State University’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program this spring.

 

Each year, graduating students finish up their two-year program of study by forming into groups and carrying out a professional project. Clients work with Portland State University to identify planning needs that would be a good fit for the MURP program, and students choose projects based on their interests.

 

The Paradigm Planning team made news with their re-imagining of the Salem-Keizer transit system, and InSite Planning Group with their Beaverton corridor study.

 

The city of Tigard engaged StepUP Studio, another MURP team, to craft a pedestrian plan.

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Tags: active transportation, livability, portland state university, research, walking

Student planning project yields professional results for Beaverton

Posted on June 20, 2014

Portland State University’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program matches students with clients every year to execute professional-level planning projects.

 

This spring, InSite Planning Group, a team of six MURP students, conducted a detailed corridor study for the city of Beaverton.

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Tags: active transportation, livability, portland state university, research, walking

Capstone students take on transportation challenges

Posted on June 18, 2014

Five teams of Portland State University seniors worked on projects in the transportation arena, as the final outcome of their Capstone course.
 
The transportation Capstone projects were completed under the advisement of Dr. Robert Bertini, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University and OTREC’s founding director.
 
Senior Capstone projects in engineering are about more than just technical aspects of design. They are an opportunity for students to meet with clients and consult with professionals, to develop the communication and collaboration skills which will be necessary in future careers.
 
John Edwards, a student team leader, described the project as a great opportunity. “We learned a great deal about project management and communication in working with professionals,” Edwards said.
 
In each project, students met with clients under the guidance of faculty to come up with solutions to problems that the clients were facing.

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Tags: bicycle infrastructure, design, livability, portland state university, robert bertini, transit, trimet

PSU student team finds transit solutions for Salem-Keizer

Posted on June 16, 2014

Portland State University students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program came up with some innovative transit solutions for the Salem-Keizer area, just south of Portland, Ore. in the Willamette Valley.

The Salem-Keizer transit provider, known as Cherriots, requested that a planning group come up with alternative forms of transit that would be a better fit for the study area. MURP students Darwin Moosavi, Brenda Martin, CJ Doxsee, Mike Sellinger, Lauren Wirtis and Matt Berggren took on the challenge as their capstone project.

The bus service currently provided by Salem-Keizer Transit is inefficient in the low-density neighborhoods of West Salem, South Salem, and Keizer. Buses in those neighborhoods often run half-full, or nearly empty, along looping, circuitous roads that lack an interconnected grid pattern.
 
The student team, Paradigm Planning, proposed a “flexible transit” system which can better serve this type of low-density suburban area.

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Tags: livability, portland state university, public transportation, research, transit

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