PacTrans News

  • April 21, 2015

    PacTrans Student Leadership Training: Marsha Anderson Bomar and the Language of Leadership

    Marsha Anderson Bomar is a transportation entrepreneur, leader, and trailblazer for women in transportation engineering with a list of awards and recognitions that rivals the length of a term paper. To get to where she is today, Anderson Bomar recognizes the importance of developing strong communication skills for career and leadership success. For the PacTrans Student Leadership Training on April 20, Anderson Bomar critically examined the way language can work for and against us, the communication differences between men and women, and what students can do now to build skills to grow as strong leaders.

    Of particular focus were the challenges faced by women in light of different communication styles. For instance, Anderson Bomar explained that women “often start off with words that weaken what we say, even if we’re sure.” I think, I believe, I guess all become disclaimers in the way women introduce ideas.

    “If the idea is even worthy of being spoken, don’t undermine it,” said Anderson Bomar. She offered a more confident way of posing an idea: “I have an idea I would like to run by you. It may need some refining, but it’s good.”

    In addition to gender, generational differences offer an opportunity to bridge the language style divide. Anderson Bomar cited sports as a galvanizing force of the baby boomer generation. By using sports-oriented terms such as “game plan,” one can appeal to and incite action in this age group, particularly with men.

    Anderson Bomar also offered suggestions for how students can prepare for leadership now, including practicing public speaking. Also, when the opportunity for volunteering to participate on a project arises, say yes. Eventually, volunteer to lead a project and in the process, Anderson Bomar explained, students will simultaneously learn and build confidence.


  • April 15, 2015

    PacTrans Newsletter – Issue #11 now available

    Read the April 2015 PacTrans newsletter here.

  • April 14, 2015

    Region 10 Transportation Safety Workshop

    Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm on May 5, 2015

    Location: Talaris Conference Center
    4000 NE 41st Street
    Seattle, WA 98105

    Register for the webinar, 8:30 am – 12:15 pm


    This Region 10 Transportation Safety Workshop is jointly organized by PacTrans, ITE Washington, ITE Oregon, ITE Idaho, and ITE Alaska. PacTrans is the Region 10 University Transportation Center funded by the US Department of Transportation with approximately $2.6 million per year. The main purposes of this workshop include:

    1. Bring agency, industry, and university people together to identify the most critical regional transportation safety issues that should be on the PacTrans’ research agenda
    2. Exchange success stories and ongoing efforts in addressing critical safety problems
    3. Set up collaborative partnerships in transportation safety research and education.

    The final product of this workshop will be a list of prioritized research topics under each research category (safe user, safe infrastructure, and safe operation). This list will be an important document for setting up PacTrans’ future research directions.


    The current PacTrans center theme is Developing Data Driven Solutions and Decision-Making for Safe Transport. PacTrans will spend funds to address the safety and security needs of our road users (vehicle occupants, pedestrians, bicyclists), road infrastructure (pavement, bridges, tunnels), and multi-modal operations (intersection, freight, rural, and urban mobility). All workshop participants will be assigned into one of the three working groups: safe user, safe infrastructure, and safe operations for the afternoon breakout sessions. We encourage workshop participants to discuss with your colleagues the critical safety problems your agency or company wants to address and bring them to our group discussions.

    8:00 – 8:30AM Networking Continental Breakfast
    8:30 – 9:00AM Welcome and Overview of PacTrans Safety Projects
    9:00 – 9:30AM Transportation Safety Priorities – Federal Perspective
    9:30 – 10:00AM Transportation Safety Priorities – State Perspective
    10:00 – 10:15AM Break
    10:15 – 11:15AM Transportation Agency Panel
    11:15 – 12:15PM ITE Panel
    12:15 – 1:15PM Lunch – Transportation Technology/Safety Updates
    1:15 – 3:10PM Breakout Sessions Addressing Specific Research and Education Needs
    3:10 – 3:25PM Break
    3:25 – 3:55PM Summarize Discussions from Breakout Sessions
    3:55 – 4:00PM Closing Remarks
    4:00PM Adjourn


  • April 13, 2015

    PacTrans and WSTIP Form Research Partnership

    The Washington State Transit Insurance Pool (WSTIP) consists of 25 Washington public transit agencies that pool their resources in order to provide and purchase insurance coverage, manage claims and litigation, and receive risk management and training. Nearly $7 million a year is paid for third party property damage and bodily injury claims against WSTIP members. In order to mitigate transit related collisions and enhance traffic safety, WSTIP and PacTrans are establishing a collaborative research partnership to test transit vehicle collision avoidance systems. As part of this effort, Mr. Jerry Spears, Deputy Director of WSTIP, invited PacTrans Director, Professor Yinhai Wang, to attend the WSTIP Board’s Executive Meeting on March 26. Dr. Wang delivered a speech at the Work Session to introduce PacTrans and its past and active research on transportation safety. There is a clear need for WSTIP and PacTrans to partner for transit related safety research. Dr. Wang’s introductory presentation helped the WSTIP board understand PacTrans and its research strengths, and laid a foundation for future collaborative activities.


  • April 2, 2015

    PacTrans Regional Safety Workshop


    Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) Regional Safety Workshop

    University Transportation Center for Federal Region 10

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015
    9:00AM to 3:30PM

    Talaris Conference Center
    Cedar and Maple Room
    4000 NE 41st Street Seattle, WA 98105
    Tel: 206.268.7091

    More information to come.

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