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.
Our research is designed with the end users in mind: elected and appointed decisionmakers, transportation professionals, and the engaged public. We provide data, analytical tools and performance measures to allow communities make better decisions with limited transportation resources. Research deployment drives our technology transfer efforts.
Our education programs aim to produce a diverse, interdisciplinary workforce at all levels. Our programs are transferrable, allowing communities across the country to duplicate our successes. Our campuses are national leaders in experiential learning, involving students in their communities. Efforts extend past graduation, as we offer seminars, workshops and training efforts to educate transportation professionals throughout their careers. It is our hope that these combined efforts will help create a safe and efficient multimodal system that promotes economic opportunity, improves health, and reduces inequality, using innovative technology and effective, data-driven decision-making.
History of NITC
The program, originally called OTREC, had its beginnings in 2006 when Portland State joined with the University of Oregon and Oregon Institute of Technology to leverage Oregon’s transportation expertise to solve national problems. In 2012, Portland State successfully competed for a U.S. Department of Transportation grant to succeed the original OTREC grant, creating the NITC program. NITC joined the Oregon partners with new partners University of Utah and University of South Florida. In 2016 Portland State once again competed to expand the program, bringing in the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Arizona.
University Research Partners
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. Our university partners conduct research projects around our theme, and match money to each project.
Dozens of partners, including universities, utilities, governments, businessess, and nonprofit organizations have supported NITC projects with cash matches or in-kind assistance.
The NITC program is a member of the Council of University Transportation Centers. CUTC provides a forum for universities and centers to interact with government and industry.
Annual and Progress Reports
Our semiannual progress reports provide information on the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, or NITC, grant. We also maintain annual reports from NITC's predecessor grant, OTREC. Download a report to learn some of our history and the impacts of our research and programs.