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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

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

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Portland Traffic + Transportation Course

A Portland State University course sponsored by the 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 ten-week university course, now in its 29th year (in 2019).  

What:    A 10-week course sponsored by PBOT and PSU's Urban Studies Program
When:  TBD
Where:  Portland State University Urban Center Building, exact location TBD
Who:     Designed for Portland residents who want to make a difference in traffic and transportation issues in the city. 

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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 by developing a class project focused on a transportation issue. You will get consultation and guidance from professionals during the process. Class speakers include policy and decision makers, planners, and engineers from TriMet, Metro, PBOT, and more. 

The class is facilitated by Rick Gustafson, transportation planning consultant and former Metro Executive Officer; Julie Gustafson, Executive Director of the Pearl District Business Association and former Community Relations Manager of Portland Streetcar; and Rebecca Hamilton, Regional Planner at Metro. 


View the 2018 course outline HERE


  • Regional Transportation Planning: effects of local population growth and how traffic decisions in other areas impact the region
  • Road Safety: Vision Zero, street design, traffic calming, and more
  • Environment: the urban landscape, air quality, and City policies to mitigate climate impacts of transportation 
  • Active Transportation Modes: people walking, rolling, biking and riding transit on our roadways
  • Transportation Finance and Policy: how are projects funded, and how to get your issue on policy makers' agendas


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Registration not available until Summer 2019
The course is FREE if taken for no credit. 

Limited space is available for the 10-week class during the fall term. Full scholarships are available to Portland residents for the non-credit course. Deadline for scholarship application is Aug. 31, 2019, however the class fills quickly and you are encouraged to apply as soon as registration opens in early August.

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 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.


Sarah Goforth
Active Transportation & Safety Division


Classes are live-streamed and recorded to allow for remote participation. If you are registered to take the class and are participating remotely, you are encouraged to ask questions or leave comments using the "Live Chat" link below. Class organizers and speakers will field the questions during class time. This feature is reserved for registered participants only, however anyone is welcome to watch the class recordings.  





The purpose of the class project is to learn how to work effectively with your local transportation agencies to get things done in your neighborhood. For this project, you will select one thing related to transportation in your community that you think could be better. If it were up to you, how would you improve the issue? What do you think a good solution would be?

Through the course of the project, we will walk through the process of developing that solution in partnership with your local agencies and moving it forward to


Your project can be very specific in scope: a single square of uneven sidewalk on your block that needs leveling or a single intersection that could use better lighting. It can run the length of a corridor, such as improving traffic signal timing along a street or creating a new bikeway. Or it or it can be city-wide in nature, such as introducing a new program like Street Seats or changing a specific transportation policy.

The important thing is that you are familiar enough with your site to have a first-hand understanding of the problem and ideas about what a solution to that problem would look like. 


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Course Outline, Fall 2018

Portland Traffic & Transportation Course

Portland's Transportation History

Lecture on transportation's role in Portland's creation

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