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News Blog: PBOT and PSU’s Traffic and Transportation Course kicks off it's 28th year with a new equity-focused curriculum

PSU-PBOT Traffic and Transportation Course

The PBOT and PSU Traffic and Transportation Course Class of 2019 with instructor Thuy Tu (far right). Photo by PBOT.

(Oct. 7, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland State University's 28-year-old Portland Traffic and Transportation Course has a fresh new feel this year with a new instructor, new guest speakers, and an updated, equity-focused curriculum.

The course provides on opportunity to have in-depth conversations with guest lecturers, all transportation leaders from Portland and beyond. This year’s lineup includes: Marisa DeMull (Engineer at Alta Planning + Design), Tamika Butler (Toole Design's Director of Planning for California and the Director of Equity and Inclusion), and Art Pearce (Manager of Policy, Planning & Projects at PBOT). The new instructor, Thuy Tu, brings with her 20 years of experience as a Senior Transportation Planner and Civil Engineering Project Manager and a strong focus on equity, livability, and resilience.

Community input from people who live, work, and travel on a particular street or corridor is crucial to a transportation project’s success. This class will explore ways that community members can influence projects early in the planning stages. Community engagement can take many forms, from open houses and design workshops to advisory committees. Learn how the transportation system is developed and shaped using transportation policy, plans, and community input. Community-based organizations will also be joining the lineup of guest speakers to share their experiences in planning with PBOT and the city.

The Portland Traffic and Transportation Course was created in 1991 by Portland's then-Transportation Commissioner Earl Blumenauer (now U.S. Representative for Oregon's 3rd congressional district) and Rick Gustafson, former Metro Executive Officer and Oregon House Representative.

When: Thursdays at 6:40 p.m., Oct. 3 – Dec. 5, 2019

Where: Tune in live via webinar or watch the recorded videos that will be posted the next day.

Interested in joining the course? Registration is closed for 2019. Registration for the next fall class will open in summer 2020.

For more information about the course, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/35727