Transportation Resources

Transportation Equity:  Resources

Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region:  Resources  •   Reports

Pacific Northwest Region:  Resources

National:  Resources  •   Reports

Transportation Equity Resources

Transportation Health Equity Principles, Upstream Public Health

CDC Recommendations for Improving Health through Transportation Policy, Center for Disease Control.

STARS Safety Health and Equity Credits, Sustainable Transportation Council. 

The Transportation Prescription.  PolicyLink and Prevention Institute, 2009.

return to top>>

Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region Resources

1000 Friends of Oregon Blog

1000 Friends works to enhance our quality of life by building livable urban and rural communities, protecting family farms and forests, and conserving natural and scenic areas.  Their Vibrant Communities program works to make our cities and towns more livable and sustainable, supporting smart growth policies that provide better transportation choices and save taxpayers money.

BikePortland Blog

BikePortland reports news, provides opinions, and publicizes events in the cycling community and provide a forum for people to share their thoughts and experiences about transportation policies and biking in the Portland metro area.

Bicycle Transportation Alliance Blog

The BTA works to promote bicycling and improve bicycling conditions in Oregon, creating healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safe, convenient and accessible.  Their blog is a resource for cycling events and resources and advocacy opportunities.

Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium 

This research center is a collaborative effort of Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and Oregon Institute of Technology researchers to promote a better understanding of our transportation system.  OTREC’s site is a resource for reports and information on these topics as well as transportation education opportunities. 

PSU’s Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation  

IBPI is part of the PSU Center for Transportation Studies, focusing on bicycle and pedestrian planning. They work to promote education, research and innovations in transportation planning that will lead us to a more holistic approach that includes viable choices for cyclists and pedestrians.  Their site includes reports and educational opportunities, including classes for current students and continuing education.

Portland State University’s Weekly Transportation Seminar

The PSU Center for Transportation Studies holds weekly seminars on a wide range of transportation topics.  Experts speak on innovative approaches and ideas, and topics range from current local policy debates to bike lanes in the Netherlands and the future of the electric car.  The seminars are held at the PSU campus on Fridays at 12pm, and are streamed and archived on their website.

Portland Afoot Blog

Portland Afoot is a monthly 10-minute magazine on living a low-car lifestyle in Portland.  They also have a blog on local transportation politics and costs, options for things to do on foot and general tips for living without a car.

Portland Transport Blog

Portland Transport covers local stories and opinions on issues surrounding accessibility and mobility in the Portland Region.  They cover current issues and discuss options for transportation systems moving forward.

return to top>>

Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region – Reports

Regional Equity Atlas - The Coalition for a Livable Future’s Regional Equity Atlas is a major research and education project to promote widespread opportunity for a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan Region.  The Equity Atlas examines how well different populations across the Portland metro region are able to access the resources and opportunities necessary for meeting their basic needs and advancing their health and well-being. By illuminating the region’s “geography of opportunity”, the project provides a powerful tool for promoting greater regional equity through policy and planning.

Shift the Balance on Transportation: Coalition for a Livable Future's Analysis of the 2035 RTP Update and RTP Report Executive Summary

Health Impact Assessment on Policies Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled in Oregon Metropolitan Areas.  Upstream Public Health, Oregon Health and Science University and Human Impact Partners. May 2009. 

Metro State of Safety Report:  A compilation of information on roadway-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities in the Portland Metro region and beyond.  April 2011.  Report highlights described in Study: Crashes Cost More than Congestion.  Dylan Rivera, June 2012.

Built Environment Atlas: Active Living, Healthy Eating, Multnomah County, Oregon.  Clapp, Elizabeth, and McSherry-McGrath, Moriah, Multomah County Health Department, June 2011.

Getting Around on Foot: Action Plan. Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, November 2010. 

Pedestrian Network Analysis: Better Walking Access to Transit in the Portland Metro Region. TriMet, December 2010. 

return to top>>

Pacific Northwest Resources

Sightline Institute

Sightline is an independent think tank providing research, commentary, analysis, and practical tools for to make the Northwest a global model of sustainability—strong communities, a green economy, and a healthy environment. Sightline Institute’s Daily Blog is a collection of information, opinions and news articles from around the region. 

Transportation Choices Blog

Transportation Choices Coalition is a policy and advocacy organization in Washington State to promote transportation choices -- real opportunities to take a bus, catch a train, ride a bike, or walk.  They are active in Clark County and their blog contains information and alerts for important transportation decisions throughout Washington. 

return to top>>

National Resources

The Brookings Institution: Transportation

Brookings’ transportation page has commentary and reports on national trends in transportation.  This think tank has a wealth of information on a variety of topics related to transportation and cities. 

Center for Neighborhood Technology

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is a think-tank that promotes more livable and sustainable urban communities.  They have valuable research on the link between housing, transportation and affordability.  CNT’s Housing + Transportation Affordability Index highlights the importance of considering transportation and housing costs together when considering whether a place to live is affordable.  They have analyzed hundreds of metro areas throughout the country. 

Location Affordability Portal

Built by HUD and the Department of Transportation, the Location Affordability Portal features two cutting-edge tools — the Location Affordability Index and My Transportation Cost Calculator—that illustrate from different perspectives how housing and transportation costs impact affordability. In addition to these decision-support tools, the Portal provides access to supporting resources that offer a wide range of information on current research and practice aimed at understanding, and ultimately reducing, the combined housing and transportation cost burden borne by American families. 


PolicyLink is a national research and action institute focusing on equity and access to opportunity through creation of sustainable communities.  Their work is grounded in the conviction that equity—just, fair, and green inclusion—must drive all policy decisions.  PolicyLink focuses on several issue areas, including transportation, and considers the connection between transportation and food systems, access to daily needs, health impacts, and land use. 


Streetsblog is a collection of news, politics and community organizing information focusing on transit, biking, walking, and public spaces.  The blog gathers information from across the country and city-specific information for New York City, LA, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

Transportation Equity Network

Transportation Equity Network (TEN) is a coalition of grassroots organizations and community groups across the country, including CLF.  These groups are working to create a transportation system that incorporates equity principles.  TEN recognizes the important connections between land use and transportation and believes that going forward growth must be smart and equitable, serving the needs of the poor, the working class, the middle class and people of color. 

Transportation for America

Transportation for America (T4A) works to bring our federal transportation policies into the 21st century.  T4A works with a coalition of groups across the country to promote a healthy transportation system that will meet our current and future needs. CLF is a member of T4A and the T4A Equity Caucus, which advocates for transportation investments and policies that ensure all people can participate and prosper.

The Transport Politic Blog

Transport Politic Blog covers transit developments across North America.  The author updates readers on how transportation systems are changing, what’s going on in specific regions and cities, and national news and trends.

Victoria Transport Policy Institute

VTPI’s website has extensive reports on a wealth of transportation issues, valuable both for browsing for an overview on the issues and delving into with specific research questions. VTPI looks at how the real costs of driving are allocated, different approaches to dealing with congestion, and the links between transportation, health, equity and land use. 

return to top>>

National Reports

Growing Cooler: The Evidence on Urban Development and Climate Change. Ewing, Reid; Bartholomew, Keith; Winkelman, Steve; Walters, Jerry; and Chen, Don.  Smart Growth America: 2008.

Healthy, Equitable Transportation Policy:  Recommendations and Research.  Ed. By Malkefzali, Shireen.  The Convergence Partnership, Policy Link, and Prevention Institution. 2010.

More Transit = More Jobs:  The Impact of Increasing Funding for Transit. Swanstrom, Todd, Winter, Will and Wiedlocher, Laura. Transportation Equity Network.

The Most for our Money: Taxpayer Friendly Solutions for the Nation’s Transportation Challenges. Transportation for America. May 2011.

Pennywise Pound Fuelish: New Measures of Housing and Transportation Affordability. Center for Neighborhood Technology.   March 2010.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from US Transportation.  Greene, David L. and Plotkin, Steven E.  Pew Center on Climate Change. January 2011. 

The Route to Reform: Blueprint for a 21st Century Federal Transportation Program. Transportation for America. 2009.

Transportation 101: An Introduction to Federal Transportation Policy from Transportation for America. March 2011.

For additional Transportation for America resources, visit their resources home page.

Increases in Greenhouse-Gas Emissions From Highway-Widening Projects.  Williams-Derry, Clark. Sightline Institute: October 2007.

return to top>>


Photo credit: Dreamstime