Oregon Section Activities: December 2011

Oregon Section

The joint WTS/ITE April luncheon was held on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at the Governor Hotel in downtown Portland, Oregon. The combined meeting featured guest speaker Raymond Mabey, ODOT’s OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program Manager. Mr. Mabey shared an overview of the agency’s first experience using the Construction Manager/General Contractor delivery method and what the agency has learned along the way on the Interstate 5 Willamette River Bridge replacement project in Eugene-Springfield.

The May luncheon was a joint meeting with OTCDC held on Friday, May 13, 2011 and focused on the Willamette River Crossing in Salem, Oregon. The Draft EIS is in the final stages of review and guest speaker Julie Warncke, City of Salem Transportation Planning Manager, discussed the challenges the project team has faced in identifying a location for a new bridge over the Willamette River in Salem and its interaction with the connecting street system, land uses and natural environment.

Portland State University faculty and students were very active at this year’s ITE Western District Annual Meeting, held July 10-14 in Anchorage, Alaska. Nine students and one faculty member from PSU attended, with more than 10 presentations (largest student group in this meeting). PSU students (Kristi Currans, Adam Moore and Eric Albright) also won second place in the student Traffic Bowl Competition. ITS Lab graduate student Wei Feng (with co-authors: his adviser Miguel Figliozzi, Scott Price and his adviser Wu-chi Feng from Computer Science department, and Kristina Hostetler from Urban Planning department) won the Best Paper by a Young Professional award. The paper was entitled “Techniques to Visualize and Monitor Transit Fleet Operations Performance in Urban Areas.”

The Oregon Transportation Summit was held on Friday, September 9th, 2011 at Portland State University; hosted by OTREC in partnership with the Portland Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Oregon Section of ITE. The Oregon Transportation Summit brought together Oregon’s academic and practicing transportation professionals to advance the state of the art by accelerating new research into practice and shaping the agenda for the future. The plenary session was on the transportation implications of the census, featuring Johanna Zmud (RAND) and Tom Hughes (Metro) with a keynote presentation by Mark Ovenden, author of Transit Maps of the World.

The Oregon ITE section hosted the 22nd Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 23rd at the Oregon Golf Association golf course in Woodburn, OR. ITE members, local vendors and a few student members hit the links for a fun day of golf and networking.

Upcoming activities include the October luncheon that will be held Wednesday, October 26th in Portland, Oregon. Current ITE International President Rock Miller will be in attendance to talk about ITE leadership and then participate in a bike ride through the City following lunch. Mr. Miller is interested in Portland’s efforts on bicycle treatments and the bike ride will provide participants a first hand look at how Portland is making the City the best Cycling City in the U.S.
Jeremy Jackson, Scribe
Southern California Section
The Southern California Section kicked off the 2011-2012 year at the traditional Los Angeles Police Academy for the annual Steak Fry on August 2011. It was a great social gathering among friends and family.  We also continued the tradition of having a raffle for Disneyland, Universal Studios, and Knott’s Berry Farm tickets.  Photos of this event can be viewed from our website (www.itesocal.org) under the Photos tab.

On September 2011, we held our first luncheon at the Monterey Hills Restaurant in Monterey Park. Our guest speakers were Peter Valk, President and founder of Transportation Management Services, and Clare Look-Jaeger, Principal at Linscott, Law & Greenspan. Their topic discussed how transportation demand management (TDM) is playing a more important role in addressing congestion, mobility, parking and environmental concerns. Peter and Clare provided an overview on what TDM is, how it works, and the role it should play in traffic and parking studies.

Also in September, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach staff hosted a combined ports tour for ITE members. This was a boat tour on board the “Angelina” where our members, including students from local universities, observed the transport of cargos at two of the busiest ports in the world as well as interact with fellow professionals. This tour was free of charge courtesy of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
Steve Itagaki