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Reception for Kris Strickler, Sept. 15, 2015 

WTS Vancouver hosted a wonderful reception for Kris Strickler at Lapellah in Vancouver. There was a great turnout of about 30 members and non-members from Portland to Cowlitz County and everywhere in between! WTS Vancouver was honored to welcome Kris on his return to WSDOT as the new Southwest Regional Administrator. Kris shared some thoughts on his new role and thanked WTS for their role in bringing transportation professionals together. Most people who attended stayed the entire two hours as we enjoyed networking with colleagues and meeting new people.

 

Tour - Port of Vancouver, USA, July 16, 2015

WTS members and transportation professionals attended a lunchtime presentation and tour hosted by Port of Vancouver USA Director of Economic Development and fellow WTS member, Katy Brooks. During the presentation, members learned that 2014 was a record-setting year for the Port with a 47 percent increase in total tonnage of exports/imports, including huge increases in grain exports and steel and wind energy facility imports. Following the presentation, participants went on a behind the scenes tour of the Port where they had an opportunity to see one of the largest infrastructure projects the Port has ever undertaken - the West Vancouver Freight Access project, which has improved rail safety and congestion. In addition, the tour provided an up-close view of the marine terminals and the various port tenants that import and export goods and materials through the Port of Vancouver. 


Better Naito tour, June 4, 2015

Sixteen WTS Portland members received a "backstage tour" of the Better Naito demonstration project. This project came to life after Commissioner Novick's office became aware of the serious safety problems that are caused for peole walking and biking by Rose Festival closures of Waterfront Park. The project repurposed one northbound vehicle travel lane for use by cyclists and pedestrians.

The commissioner's office hosted the tour, and was joined by members of Better Block PDX (the community group responsible for installation) and PBOT engineers. Participants learned about the quick history of the project (from concept to execution in two months), the innovative partnership with PSU Civil Engineering students (who designed the traffic control plan), what data is being collected (including both manual counts and video monitoring), and the extraordinary level of support and collaboration from agencies and partners (ranging from the Rose Festival to emergency responders). The project was funded in part by grants from PeopleForBikes, Clif Bar, and Metro.


Spring Awards Event, June 2, 2015

Thank you to all of our members and friends who attended the Spring Awards Event last week. We had 102 people in attendance to help celebrate our award winners. In addition, we raised around $1,700 for the Gail Achterman Scholarship! If you would still like to donate, please click here. Be sure that the page says “Portland Chapter Foundation” at the top, so that your donation will go towards the Gail Achterman Scholarship.

Congratulations again to all of our 2015 Award Winners:

  • Woman of the Year:Jerri Bohard, Transportation Development Division Administrator, ODOT
  • Member of the Year: Alison Tanaka, Engineer, Kittelson and Associates
  • New Voice:Kate McQuillan, Transportation Planner, Multnomah County
  • Employer of the Year: Multnomah County
  • Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership:Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez, Safe Routes to School Organizer, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Vancouver networking happy hour, May 20, 2015

The first 2015 Vancouver event was a huge success! We had WTS members from both private companies and public agencies attend the happy hour last week. It was a great opportunity to meet and network other Vancouverites and even some interested members from Oregon.


Mid-Willamette networking, April 15, 2015

The Mid-Willamette Valley Area subgroup hosted a networking lunch at La Margarita in Salem. Participants discussed work projects, the upcoming Smart Cities workshop, how to become a WTS member, and an upcoming visioning meeting for the group. 


WTS and Oregon Walks luncheon, April 14, 2015

April’s luncheon, co-sponsored by WTS and Oregon Walks, featured Dr. Kate Hunter-Zaworski discussing how pedestrian and bicycle friendly communities are more inclusive and integrated. Many luncheon attendees were former students of the OSU professor. Using three cities as case studies, Dr. Hunter-Zaworski discussed the benefits of designing transportation systems for people and providing full access for all with safety, dignity, convenience and affordability.  


Grace Crunican events, March 19, 2015

On March 19, WTS Portland and Oregon APA welcomed former ODOT Director (and current BART General Manager) Grace Crunican to Portland for a full day of events focused on charting a career in transportation. Grace had breakfast with members of the WTS Portland board and past LEAD/LEAP participants and lunch with Oregon APA (OAPA) members. The afternoon workshop, hosted by OAPA, convened an insightful and candid discussion with Grace. The day concluded with an evening reception hosted by WTS Portland.  


How to Keep the R in BRT, March 10, 2015

Over 80 people attended the March luncheon to hear the experiences and lessons learned from our expert panel on how to keep the “R” in BRT during project planning and construction. Attendees also learned that, in the King County Metro area, the RapidRide service is so popular and so easy to use that even a dog can do it. Thank you to our moderator and panelists, who were:

  • Alan Lehto, TriMet’s Director of Planning and Policy
  • Karen Rosenzweig, King County Metro’s RapidRide Project Manager
  • John Evans, Lane Transit District’s BRT Project Manager
  • Chuck Green, C-TRAN’s BRT Project Manager

Mid-Willamette Valley networking lunch, February 18, 2015

The Mid-Willamette Valley Area subgroup hosted a networking lunch  at La Margarita in Salem. Participants discussed the benefits of a WTS membership, how to become a WTS member, upcoming events, and work-related projects. Over 20 area transportation professionals attended the event.


Women in Politics panel, February 17, 2015

WTS and The City Club of Portland teamed up to host the luncheon on women in politics. Panelists Metro Councilor Kathryn Harrington, Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, and Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz shared the challenges and benefits they experience as women in elected leadership. Sunny Petit, Executive Director for PSU’s Center for Women’s Leadership, moderated the panel and offered the Center for Women’s Leadershipas a resource for helping more women live a life of leadership.


West Coast Electric Highway, February 5, 2015

Tonia Buell, WSDOT’s Interim Director of Public-Private Partnerships and former WTS Board Member from the Sacramento Chapter, provided a presentation to 24 WTS members and transportation professionals who attended the lunchtime talk at the WSDOT SW Region Headquarters in Vancouver, Washington. The presentation provided a great overview of the amazing amount of infrastructure that has been installed to support electric vehicle charging in just the past few years, but also highlighted the work that still needs to be done in order to strengthen Washington’s charging network. 


Leah Treat, PBOT Director, January 20, 2015

The 2015 January luncheon was a huge success. Nearly 130 people listened to PBOT’s Director Leah Treat talk about her career path, got a sneak peak at the Bureau’s new work plan, Portland Progress, which launched in January and will guide the work of PBOT in the coming years Bureau’s, and found out what the Bureau’s top three policy priorities are for 2015.


WTS 2014 Winter Gala, December 9, 2014

On December 9, 2014, 137 WTS Portland members and friends gathered together at The Benson to celebrate the Project of the Year and our chapter scholarship winners. Attendees reviewed our many 2014 accomplishments and enjoyed good company and networking. The Project of the Year was awarded to ODOT and Parsons Brinckerhoff for the US97 Bend North Corridor Final EIS and Record of Decision. The chapter also chose to award the Innovative Transportation Solutions Award to ODOT for RealTime ITS for OR 217 and I-405/I-5. Scholarship winners were: Catherine Ordway (Transportation YOU Scholarship), Miranda Barrus (Sharon D. Banks Memorial Scholarship), Mandia Lynn Gonzales (Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship), Jasmine Pahukula (Leadership Legacy Scholarship), and Rae-Leigh Stark (Gail Achterman Scholarship). Attendees donated over $3800 to support the 2015 Achterman Scholarship.


Representative Tobias Read, November 18, 2014

Representative Tobias Read, who has served District 27 – Beaverton as an Oregon State Representative since 2007 and today serves as the Majority Whip and the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Economic Development, spoke at the November luncheon. Representative Read provided WTS with an inside look on the upcoming legislative session and the possibilities for a transportation funding package.


FHWA Western Federal Lands presentation, November 5, 2014

On November 5, Colleen Smith, WTS member and engineer with FHWA Western Federal Lands provided a presentation to 28 WTS Members and Transportation Professionals who attended the lunchtime talk in downtown Vancouver. The presentation provided an overview of the Office of Federal Lands Highway (FLH) that is responsible for all transportation needs on federal and tribal lands. Attendees learned that FLH is divided into three divisions, with the Western Federal Lands division office (headquartered in Vancouver) covering all federal lands in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska (including Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming).

Colleen spent the second portion of her presentation highlighting projects she has worked on in Denali and Yellowstone National Parks. She discussed the unique challenges that are presented when working in a national park, such as the presence of wildlife and accessing areas with difficult terrain (that provide for some incredible views!). For their paving project in Yellowstone, Colleen explained the difficulties of finding construction materials that work well when placed over geothermal hot spots. While testing a variety of materials (including concrete, rebar etc.), many of them disintegrated after only six months of exposure to the extreme elements. The presentation was very informative and gave a great overview of the work of FHWA Western Federal Lands in our region.


Presenting with Presence - professional development event, October 15, 2014

Over 20 transportation professionals gathered to hear Nicki Pozos, PhD (Oregon Water Marketing Manager at HDR) share her insights on Presenting with Presence. Nicki addressed the ins and outs of organizing a presentation, using body language effectively, and “holding the space.” WTS Portland offered continuing education credit (AICP and P.E.) for this well-received event.


ODOT Director Matt Garrett, October 14, 2014

Oregon Department of Transportation Director, Matt Garrett spoke to WTS about what is happening at ODOT in Salem as well as in the Regions across the state, the status of transportation funding and his vision for the department. 


Oregon Transportation Commission reception, September 18, 2014

WTS held a reception for the Oregon Transportation Commission after their regularly scheduled meeting in Salem. Twenty-two people attended the reception, including Chair Catherine Mater and Commissioners David Lohman, Susan Morgan, and Alando Simpson. The commissioners socialized with WTS members throughout the evening, and the group was addressed by Chair Catherine Mater about her new appointment.


Downtown Vancouver walking tour, September 16, 2014

Nearly 35 people participated in a walking tour of downtown Vancouver, co-organized by WTS and Destination Downtown. The tour was guided by Derek Hofbauer with Destination Downtown and included visits to some of Vancouver’s public art and murals. It was a great opportunity to get the word out about WTS efforts in Vancouver to the greater community, while learning more about Vancouver’s murals as well as the recent and ongoing revitalization efforts of the downtown area.


Mayoral panel, September 9, 2014

The 2014-2015 WTS luncheon series kicked off with a panel of mayors from around the region.  Mayor Ferguson of the City of Milwaukie, Mayor Cook of the City of Tigard and Mayor Leavitt of the City of Vancouver discussed the issues facing their communities and their future visions; providing their local perspective on regional issues such as transportation, transit, and land use. Elissa Gertler, Metro’s Planning Director, moderated the panel.


Happy hour with Margi Bradway, August 18, 2014

TTwenty WTS members and friends gathered to enjoy networking and good conversation. Special guest Margi Bradway, the new Active Transportation Divison Manager at PBOT, shared her thoughts on equity, emerging priorities, and integrating project delivery and TDM.


Members-only Zidell barge tour, August 13, 2014

Zidell Marine, a Portland industry leader since 1961, hosted WTS members for a behind-the-scenes tour of the largest barge they've ever built, the 422' Dr. Robert J. Beall petroleum hauler. Eleven members got the chance to see how the double-hulled barges are constructed up close. The bargebuilding facility completes approximately one boat per year, and launches them into the Willamette. With new neighbors at OHSU and residential infill, Zidell is redefining industry in this context. Members saw how barges are welded, painted, inspected, and moved - no easy feat!


Vancouver networ, July 1, 2014

WTS members participated in a networking happy hour event in downtown Vancouver. The evening was a great way to relax after the hottest day so far for 2014! We had wonderful conversations and brainstormed some great ideas for future networking and professional development ideas for Vancouver and Southwest Washington.


Health Impact Assessment training - professional development event, June 24, 2014

WTS encouraged members to attend a training co-led by Upstream Public Health and the Oregon Public Health Institute on health impact assessments. It was attended by more than 40 professionals from public health, evaluation, and planning fields in Keizer, Oregon. Participants learned about how broad public health perspectives can be included in different sectoral decisions through hands-on exercises, guest panelists' sharing of challenges and successes and presentations. As one participant noted: "There was a great balance of presentations, group work and discussion; I liked the real world examples and insights from panelist experiences."
 

Pedalpalooza bike events, June  2014

WTS Traffic Signal Wonkery - June 9

Over 50 people joined City of Portland signals manager Peter Koonce on this second annual bike ride to learn about the past, present, and future of Portland’s transportation system. A wide variety of folks—PSU professors, moms and dads with their kids, local bicycling advocates, and folks who were just plain curious - learned about how the City has used signal technology to solve problems and make bicycling a real option for transportation. Sites visited included downtown Portland, Waterfront Park, the Steel Bridge, the Oregon Convention Center, and several sites related to the new Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project.

Reverse Commute: Beaverton to Portland– June 24

More than 20 people joined expert leaders from the BTA, the WTA, the Washington Park TMA, ODOT, and TriMet to learn more about past and future improvements for bikes between Beaverton and Portland. Discussion included bike parking at transit facilities, Washington County's Neighborhood Bikeways Plan, the Highway 26 path, options for getting to Portland once you reach the end of the path, and the new Washington Park TMA's work.

Demystifying Bike Signals, Buttons, and Loops– June 25

Somehardy souls braved the rain to look at bike signal heads, contraflow bikelanes, a bike priority signal, a bike scramble signal, green lane markings, twostage left turns, blue detection lights, and more good and not-so-good examples of bike-friendly signal and intersection design. The ride visited the Portland State University bicycle hub, headed to South Waterfront to look at signal treatments by the aerial tram base, then crossed the Hawthorne Bridge and viewed several bicycle signals and signal-related facility designs on the east side. Participants learned how to position their bikes on the detection loops to activate the signal.


2014 Spring Awards Event, June 3, 2014

Thank you to all who joined us at another packed Spring Awards Event. We had a great time networking and celebrating the 2014 WTS award winners: Woman of the Year Kristen Stallman, Oregon Department of Transportation; Member of the Year Tegan Enloe, DKS Associates; New Voice Vanessa Vissar, TriMet; Employer of the Year Parsons Brinckerhoff; and Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership award winner TriMet. The WTS President’s Award was given to Karen Schilling, KC Cooper, and DeeAnn Sandberg for their tireless work organizing and hosting this year’s WTS International Conference.

At the event, attendees generously donated over $1600 to the Achterman Scholarship, WTS Portland's highest honor. If you'd like to donate to this worthy cause, you can do so at this link. Every dollar you contribute will go to the Gail Achterman Memorial Leadership Scholarship, which will be awarded at our Winter Gala later this year.


Vancouver networking lunch, April 29, 2014

WTS members and others interested in WTS participated in a networking lunch in downtown Vancouver to celebrate one year of networking events in Clark County. The lunch included a round of introductions and discussion about current projects everyone was working on. Surprisingly, there were two instances of people reconnecting after having worked together at least 10 years earlier!


Events volunteer social, April 15, 2014

Eight volunteers joined the WTS Events Co-Chairs to network, socialize, and develop event ideas for 2014. This event is one of the ways that we connect volunteers to WTS and bring the unique skills and knowledge of our members to a wider audience.


Luncheon with Neil McFarlane, TriMet General Manager, April 8, 2014

TriMet’s General Manager, Neil McFarlane, talked to our members and the many TriMet employees in attendance about the efforts the agency has been making to become more financially stable and the increasing importance of maintaining their existing infrastructure and improving equipment. Neil also spoke to the ways in which TriMet has and will continue to shape the Metro region, including providing jobs for the region and providing access to jobs and homes. 


Climate change - professional development event, April 3, 2014

This April, WTS Portland brought together transportation professionals from around the Portland area to learn how climate change planning efforts in the region are supporting actions and investments that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help create livable, healthy, equitable communities. The session featured speakers Kim Ellis, a Principal Transportation Planner with Metro, and Tom Armstrong, Supervising Planner with Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Attendees gota preview of the findings regional policymakers will be tackling, and engaged in discussion of how future planning and investment in the region may be impacted.


Traffic Technology Panel, March 18, 2014

An expert panel including Galen McGill, ITS Manager for ODOT; Dennis Mitchell, Region 1 ITS/Traffic Engineer for ODOT; Patty Rubstello, Director of Operations for the WSDOT Toll Division; and Mark Bandy, Urban Corridors Traffic Engineer at WSDOT talked to WTS members about ways to manage traffic volumes and flow through electronic tolling, intelligent transportation systems, variable speed limits, and other new traffic technology. The panel was moderated by Kirsten Pennington, WTS member and ODOT Region 1 Planning Manager.


Multnomah County Chair candidates, Feb. 25, 2014

WTS Portland members and friends joined a discussion on transportation with Deborah Kafoury and Jim Francesconi, candidates for the Multnomah County Chair position. The candidates answered questions from attendees about the role of transportation in Multnomah County's responsibilities, as well as their positions on aging infrastructure, the role of a regional bridge authority, bridge tolling, transportation’s effect on economic growth, and multimodal transportation. Event photos are on ourFacebook page. Bike Portland blog reported on this event. The article can be found here

 

Conversation with CH2M HILL Chief Executive Officer Jacque Hinman, Feb. 25, 2014

WTS hosted a breakfast with new CH2M HILL CEO and WTS member Jacque Hinman on Tuesday, February 25th. Twenty members joined Jacque for a discussion about her career path, experiences as CEO, and practical career advice. Topics included asking for opportunities at work, having confidence when “taking a seat at the table,” and acquiring experiences that will help you reach your long-term goals.


Luncheon featuring Commissioner Steve Novick, Feb. 18, 2014

February’s WTS luncheon featured City of Portland Commissioner Steve Novick who oversees the Bureau of Transportation. Commissioner Novick engaged attendees in talking about transportation issues facing the City of Portland and encouraged members to contact him with solutions to these topics.  These topics ranged from ADA parking changes, pedestrian safety, and particularly increasing safety on Powell Boulevard. Commissioner Novick referenced the results of a transportation priorities survey report recently prepared for PBOT. The results of this survey can be found online: http://tinyurl.com/n5qzw3y .
 

Transportation law - professional development event, Feb. 12, 2014

In February, WTS Portland was pleased to hold a professional development event on recent transportation-related case law. The session featured speakers Jennifer Bragar, an attorney at the law firm Garvey Schubert Barer, and Ellen Johnson of the Oregon Law Center. 15 transportation professionals attended the event, which touched on the recent Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District decision, and Title VIII of the Civil Right Act. Through this event, WTS Portland members had the opportunity to fulfill the AICP certification maintenance requirements for Law training.


C-TRAN's Fourth Plan Bus Rapid Transit project, Feb. 5, 2014

About 26 people attended C-TRAN's presentation to learn more about its Fourth Plain Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit project. Attendees heard about the early planning phases of the first BRT project in the region and how the design has evolved. Chuck Green, project manager with C-TRAN, explained that public involvement and input from stakeholders has been an important factor in determining the current alignment and design of the project. Following the presentation, attendees had the opportunity for a question and answer session.


Reception with Speaker Tina Kotek and Kendall Clawson, Jan. 25, 2014

WTS hosted a reception with special guests, Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek and the Kendall Clawson, the Governor's Director for Appointments to State Boards and Commissions and Policy Advisory for Arts and Cultural Affairs. The reception also provided an opportunity for both Speaker Kotek and Ms. Clawson to talk about the need for WTS members to consider running for elected office and considering applying for a State Board and Commission.


What to Expect in Oregon’s 2014 Legislative Session, Jan. 15, 2014

Representative Caddy McKeown, District 09 and Betsy Imholt, ODOT Government Relations shed light on what to expect for transportation from the 2014 Oregon Legislative Session and shared stories from past sessions with the attendees.


ODOT Region 1 Update with Jason Tell, Jan. 14, 2014

ODOT Region 1’s Area Manager, Jason Tell, provided WTS with an update on activities throughout Region 1, including the importance of educating the public on the importance of safe driving and how the Region is working to deliver projects within current funding constraints.


2013 Winter Gala, Dec. 18, 2013

At this year's Winter Gala, 110 WTS members and supporters gathered together to fete our Project of the Year and scholarship winners. Project of the Year went to the OR 213/I-205 to Redlands Road Crossing, a project of Oregon City. Scholarships went to Katy Schmidt (Transportation YOU scholarship), Meghan Veregge (Banks Undergraduate Scholarship), Brenda Martin (Leadership Legacy Graduate Scholarship), Kelly Sanford (Overly Graduate Scholarship), and Liz Kaster (Achterman Scholarship).

November 2013 Luncheon on Car and Bike Sharing

Another spectacular panel gave us the latest in trends in car and bike sharing programs in the U.S. The panel included Dr. Susan Shaheen, who defined what we know about round trip, point-to-point and peer car sharing. Mia Birk discussed the explosion of bike sharing programs in the US managed by Portland company, Alta Bicycle Share, Inc. Dan Bower provided the perspective for the issues he faces with implementing car and bike sharing programs in Portland. This luncheon drew approximately 75 attendees.


Oct. 18: Eastbank Esplanade Walking Tour

Twenty-six people joined George Hudson, the mastermind behind Portland's beloved Eastbank Esplanade, to learn about the challenges of building a path in the Willamette River, under a freeway, and coordinating between UPRR, ODFW, & the Army Corps of Engineers. Participants learned about monitoring predatory fish, testing for excessive sound levels, designing public art and wayfinding, and the transformation of public opinion from skepticism to enthusiastic support.


Oct. 12: Street Car Mobile Music Fest

WTS Portland helped sponsor 12 bands performing on the CL streetcar line to energize and create excitement for transit similar to Pedalpalooza or Walktober for biking and walking. This community-based event providided music fans and regular streetcar riders alike with an opportunity to hear up and coming local bands, heightening awareness of multimodal transportation as a vital catalyst of Portland's unique local culture.


October 2013 Luncheon: The I-5 Iowa Street Viaduct Project

Featured Dan Payne and Judith Partee of Wildish Standard Paving Co. Dan and Judith spoke to an audience of approximately 60 people on the difficulties in staging, the reconstruction of the viaduct , utilizing unique trolley gantry system; while performing in a safe manner with a partnership of subcontractors, supplier, and ODOT on the I-5 Iowa Street Viaduct project.


Sept. 30, 2013: Members-only Reception for PBOT Director Leah Treat

On Sept. 30, 25 WTS members welcomed Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat to Portland. Leah shared insights from her career to date, her observations about transportation in Portland, and her vision for the agency. Members enjoyed getting to know this new dynamic leader.


Sept. 26, 2013: Members-only Behind the Scenes Sellwood Bridge Tour

This exclusive members-only event provided a behind-the scenes tour of the Sellwood Bridge replacement. County engineer Chuck Maggio explained the construction process, challenges, and successes of replacing the Sellwood Bridge while keeping the connection open to daily traffic.


Sept. 25, 2013: WTS Happy Hour

WTS Portland held a networking happy hour on Sept. 25 at Henry’s Tavern. The event provided an informal opportunity for transportation professionals to connect. The ten attendees enjoyed getting to know each other on a professional and personal level.


September 2013 Luncheon: Using Social Media on Public Projects

We were joined by a panel of social media experts for September’s WTS Luncheon. Tim Hall, Portland Water Bureau, told us how he has found that the local media uses their Water Blog as a source for stories. Sally Ridenour, ODOT, emphasized the importance of talking to the people you are trying to reach with these social media tools to make sure that is how they want to be communicated with. Cliff Higgins, Metro, said in his opinion there could be greater risk to a project or an agency in not using social media to be involved in the on line discussion. It was a great event and drew approximately 64 attendees. 


Aug. 21, 2013: WTS/Young Professionals in Transportation Happy Hour

Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) and WTS Portland teamed up for a networking happy hour on August 21st at On Deck, where the focus was mingling, but both organizations introduced their board members and described their respective organizations.


June 2013: Pedalpalooza Bike Tours

Things Portland Didn't Build

Sixty people rode through Portland looking at grand plans that weren't there on the WTS Pedalpalooza Unbuilt Portland ride. The group wound their way from the Convention Center (where twenty five years ago the plan was to build "more superblocks"), past demolished bridge ramps and unbuilt freeways on the Esplanade, south to Oaks Bottom (which was once slated to become an "Aqua Park" with an "Aqua Theater," or, in another decade, an off-road motorcycle park). At the US Postal Service's central processing facility in the Pearl District, they reminisced about the not-so-long ago plans for a major league baseball stadium there. And finally, at The Fields park in the Pearl District, they gazed at the span of the Fremont Bridge and heard about the I-505 freeway, or "St. Helens Expressway," that was to go down Thurman and Upshur Streets.

Foster Road Bikeway and Streetscape Tour

Twenty neighbors and transportation advocates toured the 2.5 miles of SE Foster Road to learn about the proposals of the Foster Transportation and Streetscape Plan. Riders learned of plans to improve traffic safety at intersections, add new median island crossings, upgrade existing crossings to rapid flash beacons and enhance the street with trees and main street lighting. The tour finished at local pub in the Lents neighborhood to discuss the bikeway proposals on the table for Foster road, and talk about the challenges and struggles involved in designing a street that can serve everybody.

Grandaddy of MUP Tour with ODOT and TriMet

A group of 25 riders toured the I-205 path, listening to Jessica Horning, Shelli Romero, and Basil Christopher of ODOT; Jeff Owens of TriMet; and Logan Louvray of Friends of Trees describe the history of the I-205 path, the partnerships that made it happen, and future plans for the corridor. The group saw the oldest automated bike counter in the Portland metro area, learned about exciting new upgrades to the path, and talked art at Trimet Green Line stations. The ride attracted a great mix of transportation professionals, individuals who live near the path, and interested citizens. It was a great night for a car-free ride on the path!

Portland Traffic Signals Wonk Ride

On a balmy Monday evening (6/10), no fewer than fifty people joined Peter Koonce, City of Portland Signals and Street Lighting Manager, for a bicycle tour of innovative signal treatments his team has installed. Many participants were transportation professionals (and WTS members), but the group did include two children, four out-of-town tourists, and an MFA student who is a "secret traffic engineering junkie." Participants heard the ins and outs of scramble signals, microwave detection, signal head height, and more - and got to see the only four-inch near-side signal head in the US. Thanks to Peter Koonce and WTS volunteer Lidwien Rahman for organizing the event.


PMLR Behind the Scenes Tour, June 6, 2013

Members received a personal tour of the Porltand-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Bridge Willamette River by DeeAnn Sandberg from TriMet, who walked through the building challenges, the unique architecture of the bridge, and the construction timeline. DeeAnn provided an insider's view of the process and members were able to get up and personal with the west side construction site, with a first-hand view of the first bridge over the Willamette River solely for transit, pedestrians, and bicyclists.


2013 WTS Spring Awards, May 22, 2013 

Approximately 100 WTS members networked at Bridgeport Brewing while celebrating the WTS Portland award winners. Kristen Kibler of Jeanne Lawson & Associates was WTS Member of the Year, Leah Robbins from TriMet was Woman of the Year, and Alison Tanaka of Kittelson & Associates received the New Voice award. Two outstanding employers were also recognized: ODOT Region 1 received the honor of Employer of the Year, while Parsons Brinckerhoff was acknowledged for Diversity Leadership.


Members-only Reception for Mayor Hales, April 15, 2013

Thirty-five WTS Portland members had up-close and personal access to Portland's newly elected Mayor, Charlie Hales. He mingled with the crowd and provided his thoughts on the future of the city's transportation network. Chapter President Theresa Carr moderated an extended Question and Answer session to discuss key transportation issues important to WTS members.
 

April Luncheon: GreenSTEP Model

Brian Gregor, a former senior transportation analyst for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) who is now retired, discussed the GreenSTEP model, for which he was the principal developer. The GreenSTEP model, which developed to support strategic analysis of approaches to Green House Gas mitigation, estimates the effects of transportation, land use, pricing, demand management, vehicle technology, fuels, and a number of other policy options on household vehicle travel, energy consumption, and GHG emissions. This luncheon drew approximately 68 attendees.
 

April 5, 2013: Members-only Conversation with TriMet Director Neil McFarlane

WTS members had exclusive access to TriMet's Director, Neil McFarlane as he laid out his plans for TriMet, asked members their thoughts on how to improve transit service in the region, and discussed challenges and opportunities facing the agency.


March Luncheon: SW Moody Avenue Project

The SW Moody Avenue project team presented on the project’s construction challenges, including technical issues as well as aggressive schedule issues, and the innovative solutions they implemented to overcome those challenges. This luncheon drew approximately 66 attendees.


February Luncheon: San Fransisco's Approach to Congestion and Parking Management

Tilly Chang, Deputy Director for Planning at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority came to Portland for this WTS Luncheon. Tilly discussed the innovative ways San Francisco is studying to manage congestion and parking. This luncheon drew approximately 78 attendees. 


January Luncheon: An Update on the Columbia River Crossing Project

The January luncheon featured the Columbia River Crossing project, which had the largest draw of the year at approximately 104 attendees. Lyn Wylder, PE, Columbia River Crossing Operations and Technical Director provided an overview of the project’s planning process and its status at that time.

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