USP 510/610
Regional Transportation Policy
Spring 2000

Instructor: Martha J. Bianco, Ph.D.
URBN 320-D 
Office Hours: Tues., 12:30-1:30 pm; Thurs. 10-11 a.m. and by arrangement
Teaching Assistant: Susan Lee, MPA
City of Vancouver
Public Affairs Officer
360-696-8059 (office)
Time: Thursday, 4-6:30 pm
    URBN 312

Objective: This is a policy course that is appropriate for graduate students interested in transportation and/or land use planning and policy. It is recommended that students identifying transportation and/or land use as one of their fields take this course. The class will examine the transportation and land use policy process in the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on Oregon. We will look at intergovernmental relationships involving the federal government, the state LCDC, DOT, Metro, and local jurisdictions such as the Portland DOT. Specific policies and plans – from TEA-21 to the State’s Land Use Law and its Transportation Planning Rule (TPR) to Metro’s Region 2040 to the City Comprehensive Transportation Management Plan (CCTMP) – will be examined. A key focus will be on how and why transportation and land use decision-making proceeds in the Northwest in the manner in which it does.

In general, it is assumed that students will have had USP 456/556: Urban Transportation: Problems and Policies prior to this class; thus, we will not review any basic concepts related to mode, policy trends, pricing issues, terms and definitions, etc.

The course will be structured in a seminar format and will feature guest speakers from key transportation and land-use decision-making agencies, as well as student presentations.

Course Requirements:


Class participation (including attendance)    10%
Discussion questions    10%
Reflective essays    20%
Work on Matrix    20%
Participation on Mock FTA Project    20%
Participation on Sustainability Project    20%


A class packet of readings is available from the bookstore.  It is also on reserve at the library.
There are also web documents, which may be read on-line.  These are also on reserve at the library for photocopying.  Please do not print these documents (some of which are fairly long) in the UPA computer lab.

Tentative Course Outline

Note: Because we hope to have guest speakers and general flexibility with respect to discussion of topics, the following outline is tentative.
Topic and Readings
  • Introduction
  • Overview of the Policy Process 
  • Techniques of Policy Analysis
  • 4/6/00
  • Policy Process and Techniques of Policy Analysis (cont’d)
    • Readings
      • Mazmanian, D., and P. Sabatier, Implementation and Public Policy(Univ. Press of America, 1989), pp. 1-48.
  • The Transportation-Land Use Connection
    • Readings
        • Moore, Terry, and Paul Thorsnes, "A Process for Integrated Land-Use and Transportation Planning," Chapter 6, and "Creating Coordinated Land-Use and Transportation Policy," Chapter 7, in The Transportation/Land Use Connection: A Framework for Practical Policy (Chicago: The American Planning Association, 1994).
  • Overview of the Oregon Context 
    • Readings
      • Knapp, Gerrit, "Land Use Politics in Oregon," in Abbott, C., Howe, D., and Adler, S., Planning the Oregon Way: A Twenty-Year Evaluation (Oregon State Univ. Press, 1994), pp. 3-23.
      • Abbott, C., "The Oregon Planning Style," in Abbott, C., Howe, D., and Adler, S., pp. 205-226.
      • "How Planning Works in Oregon" at
      • "The Oregon System of Land Use Planning" at, and subpages linking to Goals and Rules 
  • Federal Transportation Policy  
  • 5/4/00
  • State Transportation and Land Use Policy 
    • Readings
      • Adler, S., "The Oregon Approach to Integrating Transportation and Land Use Planning," in Abbott, C., Howe, D., and Adler, S., pp. 121-146
      • Bianco, M. and S. Adler, "The Politics of Implementation: The Corporatist Paradigm Applied to the Implementaion of Oregon's Statewide Transportation Planning Rule," working paper, 1999.
  • Regional Transportation and Land Use Policy
  • Metro and other MPOs
  • 5/18/00
  • Regional Transportation and Land Use Policy
  • Tri-Met and Other Transit District Providers
    • Readings
      • Adler, S., and Edner, S., "Governing and Managing Multimodal Regional Transit Agencies in a Multicentric Era," in Guess, G., ed., Public Policy and Transit System Management (Greenwood Press, 1990), pp. 89-112.
  • County and City Transportation and Land Use Policy 
  • 6/1/00
  • Topical Discussions
  • 6/8/00
  • Wrap-Up
  • Discussion Questions

    Three times during the term, each student must post a set of approximately four discussion questions to the class listserv.
    The purpose of the questions is to serve as a basis for class discussion during the weekly class meeting.  Any questions submitted for a given week must be sent to the listserv by Tuesday of the week during which the questions are to be discussed.  Question should not be questions of simple fact (e.g., "Define 'pedestrian environment factor'") but should rather be questions that can stimulate interesting class discussion.  The student writing the question should take a stab at suggesting provocative issues and potential insights (e.g., "Some say that the concept of transit-oriented design is tantamount to 'social engineering,' while others say it provides choice and is therefore enlightened visioning.  What do you think?").

    You may send out your questions at any time during the term, but you must send three sets of questions and you must send them by the Tuesday of the week you wish them to be discussed.  You should send out questions that pertain to that week's readings, not future or past readings.

    All students should print out the discussion questions sent out to the list during a given week and think about the answers.  During class, we will discuss the salient points raised by the questions.

    Reflective Essays

    Each student must write two reflective essays about any topic(s) in the readings, class discussion, or guest presentations.  The essays must be at least four pages long, double-spaced, typed.  They should contain no grammar, punctuation, spelling, or typographical errors.  In general, essays will be enhanced by the inclusion of illustrative quotes from the readings or citation of relevant materials.  In this case, proper citation format must be observed and a reference list, however short, must be included.  The purpose of the essays is for the student to have the opportunity to verbalize, in written form, reflections about the subject matter.  The exercise is meant to be scholarly, yet informal.  These papers will be graded on presentation (punctuation, spelling, etc.), thorough and thoughtful discussion, originality of ideas, and style (proper citation format, etc.).  The bulk of the grade is assigned to the thoroughness, thoughtfulness, and originality of the discussion.

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