March 8, 2019


Assessing the Transportation Impacts of Affordable Housing Developments? What can we learn from California


1:40pm - 3:00pm


1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village


There is a great need for more affordable housing development in California and across the nation; however, there is a deficit of data available to plan for the transportation needs of residents. Current practice for assessing the multimodal transportation impacts of new development recommends counting person trips as well as vehicle trips but there are few studies that examine the impacts and efforts are underway to fill this new data requirement for a variety of land uses. Previous California studies using this approach have examined trip generation in smart-growth locations and have concluded that trip generation rates specific to affordable housing developments are needed for California. This presentation will discuss the findings and implications for assessing transportation impacts and planning for the transportation needs of residents of affordable housing developments.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Clifton is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University. She holds an affiliate appointment in the Urban Studies and Planning Program and is a fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. Her research, teaching and service activities are focused on transportation and how human mobility is shaped by needs, activity demand, urban context, and technology. She is an internationally recognized expert on transport and land use interactions, travel behavior, pedestrian modeling, and equity in transportation policy. She bridges the fields of transportation engineering and planning and is known for qualitative and quantitative methodological research methods. Dr. Clifton has a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, MS in Planning from the University of Arizona, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University.

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