ITS in Academics

ITS University Workshop #5
November 8-9, 2017 | Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia

Day 1 Presentation | November 8, 2017

U.S. DOT ITS Education Workshop

Presenter: Peter Koonce
Presenter’s Org: City of Portland, OR

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Most of the slides in this presentation include a large watermark of the City of Portland, Oregon.

Slide 1: U.S. DOT ITS Education Workshop

November 8, 2017

Presented by:
Peter Koonce, PE

[This slide’s background is a nighttime photo of busy SW Broadway in front of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland, Oregon.]

Slide 2: Overview

  • Role at the city & current ITS projects
  • Impacts of technology on transportation planning
  • Education of young professionals
  • Anything else

Slide 3: Portland

“Our intentions are to be as sustainable a city as possible”
- Social Environmental Economical

[This slide contains a close-up photo of two bicyclists crossing a bridge.]

Slide 4: City of Portland Climate Action Plan

[This slide contains two images: (1) a reproduction of the cover of the City of Portland and Multnomah County’s Climate Action Plan 2009 report; and (2) a pie chart displaying 2008 Multnomah County Greenhouse Gas Emissions By Sector: Transportation contributes 38% of emissions, Commercial contributes 25%, Residential contributes 21%, Industrial contributes 15%, and Waste Disposal contributes 1%.]

Slide 5: Mode Split Targets

[This slide contains a background photo of a crowd of people. There are two pie charts superimposed over this photo: (1) Current Commute Mode Share for Portland (Drive Alone 66%, Transit (including park-and-ride) 15%, Carpool 8%, Bike 8%, and Walk 4%; and (2) 2030 Targets Commute Mode Share for Portland (Drive Alone 30%, Transit (including park-and-ride) 25%, Bike 25%, Carpool 10%, Walk 7.5%, and Additional Telecommuting 2.5%.]

Slide 6: Transportation Hierarchy

[This slide contains two images: (1) a ground-level photo of a street in downtown Portland which has trees and a bike lane; and (2) an inverted pyramid graphic labeled “Transportation Hierarchy” which lists from the top down: Pedestrians, Bicycles, Public Transit, Commercial Vehicles/Trucks, High Occupancy Vehicles, and Single Occupancy Vehicles.]

Slide 7: Definition of Failure

[This slide contains a photo of the collapsed Skagit River Bridge.]

Slide 8: (No title)

[This slide contains an illustrative diagram of how Connected Autonomous Vehicles will interface with the roadway. There are representations of vehicles, transit, signals, traffic lights, pedestrians, bicyclists, and macro-scale factors contributing to the success of the system (such as Payments, Schedule, Time, Emissions, Marketplace, User Interface, and the Open Data Cloud).]

Slide 9: City of Portland Role

Manage the City’s assets

  • Traffic signals
  • Street lighting
  • ITS devices
  • People

Problem solve all of the above

  • Limited budgets
  • Assess technology problems
  • Policy analysis

Slide 10: Current ITS Projects

Citywide signal controller replacement

  • 1,080 traffic signals
  • Controllers and/or software
  • Communications to support Ethernet
  • Wireless

Regional central signal system update

  • Shared system with several agencies
  • Last updated in 2002

Slide 11: Current ITS Projects

Signal Priority for Bus “Reliable” Transit (BRT)

  • 80 traffic signals
  • Connected vehicle technology
  • “Smart City” aps?

Railroad crossing upgrades

  • Upgrading 40 year old technology
  • Limited awareness of importance

Slide 12: Technology & Planning

Limited link between technology & planning

  • Regional: it is a separate Subcommittee of the MPO
  • Local: mixed bag

Smart City Challenge

  • Technology evolved to political
  • Planning became more involved

Slide 13: Educational Needs

What’s effective in Engineering curriculum

  • Problem solving
  • Geometric design
  • Traditional civil engineering

What’s lacking in Engineering curriculum

  • Multimodal transportation
  • Political
  • Technology

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For more information, contact:

Michelle Noch
ITS Professional Capacity Building Program Manager
ITS Joint Program Office
U.S. Department of Transportation



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