Professor and Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Chris Nelson, presented a summary of his research into whether transit oriented developments (TODs) make a difference in economic development. It was made at the Oregon Transportation Summit which is attended by leading transportation planners and researchers across the nation. Among his findings are that: (a) Portland's downtown streetcar stations accounted for more than 20% of Multnomah County's entire job growth during the 2000s; (b) commuter rail transit has untapped economic development opportunities in Sunbelt states; (c) TODs weathered the Great Recession better than comparable areas or their metropolitan regions on the whole; and (d) TODs influence metropolitan real estate markets across larger areas than assumed. These and related topics are explored in eight articles currently under review by refereed journals. 

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 4:30pm