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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 Traffic + Transportation Course

This Portland State University course is 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. 

What:    A 10-week course sponsored by PBOT and PSU's Urban Studies Program
When:   Fall Term 2018, exact date and time TBD
Where:  Portland State University Urban Center Building 
Who:     Designed for the neighborhood activist, new or experienced, who wants to make a difference in traffic and transportation issues in Portland. Open to Portland residents only.

Application Due:  Aug. 2018


     Course Outline

Register      Live and archived videos

Live chat and questions      Course project



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 constraints.  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.



  • 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?
  • Active Transportation Modes: pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders- can we share the road?
  • Transportation Finance and Policy: How to get your issue on the policy makers' agendas.

View the 2017 course outline here. 


register here

This class if free if taken for no credit. 

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 8/31/18, 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 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



CLICK HERE to watch recordings of the class sessions. 
CLICK HERE to live chat comments or questions. 



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

History of Transportation lecture

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

Course Materials

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

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Course Outline, Fall 2017

Schedule of classes, speakers, and other information