Transportation / Intermodality / Complete Streets

Education Session - Panel Format

FRI-C06 - Catch the Orange Line! Portland’s Innovative Approach to Multimodal Transit Design

Friday, October 20
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Portland’s Orange Line light rail is vital to linking the region’s livable communities. Presenters will examine the complex planning and design of this multimodal transportation system. They’ll explain the catalytic forces that are transforming urban neighborhoods and how leadership by landscape architects resulted in distinctive, artistic, human-scaled, sustainable infrastructure.

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Brian C. McCarter

Brian McCarter, Principal
ZGF Architects

Brian McCarter, FASLA, is a Principal with ZGF Architects. He focuses on urban design, landscape architecture and planning for urban, mixed-use and transportation projects including projects in Portland, Denver, Los Angeles and Calgary. Brian’s extensive experience with public agencies, advisory committees, engineering colleagues and stakeholders has enabled him to find exceptional solutions that meet aesthetic, urban design, operational and cost requirements. Under his leadership, the Portland Mall Revitalization garnered the highest national awards for urban design from the ASLA and AIA. Brian was the Urban Design Lead for the West Segment of the Orange Line.


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Robert Hastings

Robert Hastings, FAIA

Robert Hastings, FAIA, is the Agency Architect with TriMet, the public entity that operates mass transit in the Portland region. Bob oversees architecture, urban design, and sustainability initiatives for light rail projects. He’s responsible for coordinating architecture, station and urban design, signage and public art. His sustainability initiatives that include renewable energy opportunities for transit projects have won recognition from transportation agencies from across the nation. Bob also leads TriMet’s research and knowledge-sharing activities with numerous academic institutions, as well as national and international delegations that include other transit agencies, policy makers, A & E firms and private developers.


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Carol Mayer-Reed

Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA, Principal
Mayer/Reed, Inc.

Carol Mayer-Reed, FASLA, is a Principal with Mayer/Reed, Inc., a Portland, Oregon-based inter-disciplinary design firm. She works on sustainable, multi-modal urban design and landscape architecture projects in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. She undertands the importance of parks, campuses, public works and transportation infrastructure projects as catalytic forces in guiding future growth of cities and communities we, as landscape architects, touch. She particularly enjoys complex, multi-disciplinary urban projects that require a collaborative approach. Carol was the Urban Design Lead for the East Segment of the Orange Line, overseeing design of the station areas, platforms, landscape and public arts components.


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Jean Senechal Biggs

Senior Project Manager
DKS Associates & Oregon Chapter of ASLA

Jean Senechal Biggs, ASLA, is a Senior Project Manager with DKS Associates, a transportation planning and engineering firm. Her career spans over 20 years of planning, designing, and building transit and transportation projects. Jean recently served as project manager at the Portland Bureau of Transportation and was Field Project Manager for the MAX Orange Line, collaborating with design and construction staff on a daily basis to ensure that the project met agency requirements and stakeholder expectations while successfully navigating agency decision-making processes. She is president of the Oregon Chapter of ASLA and is communications coordinator for ASLA’s Transportation PPN.


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FRI-C06 - Catch the Orange Line! Portland’s Innovative Approach to Multimodal Transit Design

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