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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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PSU Transportation Class

PSU Traffic and Transportation Course

A Portland State University course sponsored by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation

Local traffic and transportation issues, transportation options, and how to get things done in your neighborhood are the focus of this well-respected, ten-week, university course. 

Please use this form to SIGN UP FOR THE 2016 CLASS. Details for the 2016 class will be announced during summer 2016. Take a look at the 2015 course outline to get a sense for how the class works. 

Over 1,000 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 PBOT.  The class is facilitated by Rick Gustafson, transportation planning consultant and former Metro executive officer.

What:    A 10-week course sponsored by PBOT and PSU's Urban Studies Program
When:   Fall Term 2015, (10/1/15 - 12/3/15).  Thursday evenings, 6:40 - 8:40 pm. 
Where:  Portland State University Campus. (Two classes take place at Portland Building, check course outline for details) 
Who:     Designed for the neighborhood activist, new or experienced, who wants to make a difference in traffic and transportation issues in Portland.
Application Due:  September 1st, 2015. (Scholarships are full; applications are now for waiting list.)


  • Traffic Management Techniques: speed bumps, traffic circles and "traffic calming."
  • Regional Transportation Planning: how do traffic decisions in other areas affect us?
  • Environment: the urban landscape, street design, air quality - what quality of life do we want?
  • Alternative Transportation Modes: pedestrians, bicyclists and transit - can we share the road?
  • Transportation Finance and Policy: How to get your issue on the policy makers' agendas.

Registration Information

Limited space is available for the 10-week class during the fall term. Full scholarships are available to qualified City of Portland residents for the non-credit course. Deadline for scholarship application is 9/1/15, however the class fills quickly and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
You may also take the course for one undergraduate or graduate credit at PSU. Contact the Urban Studies and Planning Department for more information.

To register for free, no credit class:

On-line: Submit registration & scholarship form.
By mail: Print registration & scholarship form from the left sidebar on this webpage and mail to:

Scott Cohen
Transportation System Management
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800
Portland, OR 97204

Questions? Call Scott Cohen at 503-823-5345 or email

To register for paid non-credit/audit or non-admitted one-credit class: Contact PSU Admissions Office
To register for credit class full-time PSU students: Register as you would for any other undergraduate or graduate PSU course.

History of Transportation lecture

Steve Dotterrer's lecture on transportation's role in Portland's creation

Scholarship Registration Form

Use this form to apply to take the class for free

Course Materials

A list of City of Portland Transportation web pages with pertinent class information

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Course Outline, Fall 2015

Schedule of classes, speakers, and other information