Portland Traffic and Transportation Class: The New Evolution (Online for 2020)

A transportation-themed online class with an emphasis on land use, mobility, social justice and racial equity. The fall 2020 class will be conducted completely online through Zoom meetings. Class time will be used for presentations from guest speakers, activities and class discussion.

This online class will focus on equitable traffic and transportation design and planning for our communities and infrastructures in the City of Portland. Students will prepare a vision plan or class project-addressing community planning for the transportation systems (e.g., roads, bridges, transit, parks, urban centers, etc.). Students are encouraged to research current design trends in the traffic and transportation industry, including new developments in connectivity, green technologies, and changing populations. Students will be engaged in assignments/project coursework using written and oral communication. This course will be taught using demonstration, guest speakers and discussion combined with individual and team-centered project-based learning.

Apply Online Applications for the Fall 2020 class are now closed. The application portal will open in August 2021 for the Fall 2021 class.
Tentative Schedule of Online Classes - Thursdays, 6:40pm – 8:40pm (Zoom meetings)

Week 1, Oct 1st: Transportation, Equity and Community in Portland

Week 2, Oct. 8th: History of Transportation our Systems

Week 3, Oct. 15th: Planning and Policy at the Regional and Local Levels

Week 4, Oct. 22nd: Transportation Justice and Racial Equity

Week 5, Oct. 29th: Coronavirus and its Effects on Traffic

Week 6, Nov. 5th: Clean, Equitable, Just & Sustainable Transportation

Week 7, Nov. 12th: Active Transportation and Community for Resiliency

Week 8: Nov. 19th: Mobility Challenges of our Community

Nov. 28th – Thanksgiving: No Class

Week 9: Dec. 3rd Class presentations

Week 10: Dec. 10th Class presentations

View Past Classes:

Anyone is welcome to watch the 2019 class recordings and learn from the content.

Course Learning Objectives
  1. Learn and understand the current challenges and barriers to transportation planning;

  2. Recognize stakeholder perspectives and explore mutually beneficial solutions;

  3. Apply a system thinking approach to central concepts, technologies, and practices of resiliency planning and sustainable systems;

  4. Critique and develop traffic and transportation planning and sustainability metrics;

  5. Communicate and persuade the need for planning and sustainable infrastructure for a nontechnical audience;

  6. Develop skills for continued learning on planning and sustainable infrastructure as the field evolves.

Instructor Bio
Headshot of instructor Thuy Tu in front of pink flowers

The instructor, Ms. Thuy Tu, has over twenty years of experience as a Senior Transportation Planner and Civil Engineering Project Manager. She is an innovative collaborator, progressive communicator, educator and believes in people-focused urban design concepts and methods.

She graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Portland where her studies were focused on traffic and transportation. 

Now the principal and founder of her own consulting firm, she has been an adjunct professor at the University of Portland, at the Portland Campus of the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, and a mentor of project management and civil engineering for the Portland State University Student Chapter of Engineers without Borders. Thuy has also led a course on Master Planning for Resiliency for the Lents Community and Vision Planning for 82nd Avenue.