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From Complete Streets policy implementation to stronger community engagement, bus rapid transit expansion to waterfront redevelopment—and so much more!—Vancouver, Washington, is on the move. Directly across the river from Portland, Oregon, the City of Vancouver serves as the southern gateway to Washington State; the City encompasses over 50 square miles, and, with a population of nearly 185,000, Vancouver is the fourth largest city in Washington (behind Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma and just ahead of Bellevue). As Vancouver embarks on an update to the 15-year-old Transportation System Plan, learn about how the City is striving to transform the existing transportation system through more collaborative programs and more efficient measures. Smaller and suburban cities face unique challenges in growing metropolitan areas with economic and demographic shifts—and these communities must balance multiple, sometimes differing, expectations that the transportation system will provide everyone with an excellent level of service. In the changing landscape of ever-improving mobility options, advancing technology, and evolving best practices, find out how Vancouver is working to ensure that the transportation system operates as safely, efficiently, and innovatively as possible.

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Anna Dearman, AICP, is a Senior Transportation Planner with the City of Vancouver, Washington, where she manages the City’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program and many transportation grant pursuits. Anna also supports City transportation policy development and plan, program, and project implementation. Since graduating from the Portland State University Master of Urban and Regional Planning program in 2016, Anna has enjoyed working locally as a land use and transportation planner on a variety of projects in different contexts, as well as exploring the Pacific Northwest on foot and on bike (ideally with trekking poles or ice axe in hand).


Transportation -- Washington (State) -- Clark County -- planning


Transportation | Urban Studies | Urban Studies and Planning

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Transforming an Urban 'Burb: Transportation Innovations in Vancouver, Washington



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