Through our five-year research grant from the U.S. DOT, we are able to award up to $1,000,000 annually to major research projects that support our theme of improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities.
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NITC Research and Events
March 2019
Webinar: E-Bikes for Everyone: Electrifying Communities in New Ways
March 21, 2019 at 10AM (PDT)
Electric bicycle (e-bike) use is a rising phenomenon in North America. In 2018, John MacArthur of Portland State University (PSU) conducted NITC-funded National Electric Bike Owner Survey. In 2017, Forth launched the Community Electric Bike Project, which was designed to test the benefits of e-bikes for individuals who live in underserved communities and lack access to frequent transit service in Portland, Oregon. PSU is partnering with Forth to host this webinar which will present potential advantages of e-bikes over other mobility options for underserved communities.
Expanding Pedestrian Modeling Tools Beyond the Portland Region
Led by Kelly Clifton of Portland State University, researchers had previously created the the MoPeD pedestrian demand model as well as a pedestrian index of the environment (PIE) for forecasting pedestrian travel. The PIE index improved the sensitivity of walk trip models by incorporating contextual features of the built environment that affect walking behavior in the Portland, Oregon region. In this new report the team adapted the tools for transferability to other cities. The research team included Clifton and Jaime Orrego-Onate of Portland State University, Patrick Singleton of Utah State University and Robert Schneider of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

V2X Bikes: Tactical Urbanism for the Engineer
Most cyclists can think of "that one intersection"—the light where it's impossible to get a green without waiting. Even in the absence of cars, pedestrians or other bikes, you'll still have to stop and wait, sacrifice your momentum, and wish you could have given the signal advance notice that you were coming. Researchers at the University of Oregon have created an app for that. Lead investigator Stephen Fickas developed the app, along with a specially-designed Bike Connect ‘box’ that attaches to a traffic signal controller. This past year the box has been deployed on an intersection in Eugene, OR. This project is part of a larger goal to create and test a comprehensive, low-cost, ubiquitous system that brings cycling into the smart and connected communities’ framework
Call for Research Proposals: Prioritizing Multimodal Data and Land Use / Housing
Through our five-year research grant from the U.S. DOT, we are able to award up to $1,000,000 annually to major research projects that support our theme of improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities. Faculty at the six universities in the NITC research consortium are invited to submit abstracts by March 29, 2019. The NITC Advisory Board provided input on our 2019 RFP, and we are prioritizing the funding of proposals that directly address research questions related to multimodal transportation data and the transportation—land-use—housing connection. We've proposed some research questions of our own.
Student Spotlight: Erin Roark Murphy, University of Texas at Arlington
Erin Roark Murphy, LMSW, is a doctoral student in the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). She is a NITC scholar and a graduate research assistant on several NITC projects, including "Evaluating Improved Transit Connections for Ladders of Opportunity" and "How Can Interdisciplinary Teams Leverage Emerging Technologies to Respond to Infrastructure Needs? A Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Civil Engineers, Urban Planning, and Social Workers’ Perspectives." Before pursuing her PhD, Erin worked as a Guardianship Specialist and social worker, and consistently noted transportation disadvantage as a barrier among vulnerable populations.
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NITC University Partners
The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), is a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. NITC is one of five U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers. The NITC program is a Portland State-led partnership with the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and new partners University of Arizona and University of Texas at Arlington. We pursue our theme, improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities, through research, education and technology transfer.
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