National Institute for Transportation and Communities

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Improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities — through research, education and technology transfer.

The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) is one of five U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers.

Housed at Portland State University, NITC is a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC). This Portland State-led research partnership includes the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and new partners University of Arizona and University of Texas at Arlington.

Urban populations are increasing, yet so is income inequality. As the second-largest household expense, transportation is a significant contributing factor. Demographic shifts, along with efforts to address climate change and other policy challenges, are contributing to the demand for multimodal solutions. Rapid advances in technology and shared mobility have the potential to address these challenges, yet they also pose new ones in implementation and equity. With constrained resources, we need better data and tools to optimize mobility for all.

To address these challenges, our consortium of six leading universities focuses on research to:





Our research is designed with end-users in mind: elected and appointed decision-makers, transportation professionals, and an engaged public. We disseminate our research through education programs and toolkits in order to produce a diverse, interdisciplinary workforce at all levels and ages.

Our shared goal is a safe and efficient multimodal system that promotes economic opportunities, improves health, and reduces inequality - through innovative technology and effective, data-driven decision making.

The Origin of NITC
Portland State University, the University of Oregon, and the Oregon Institute of Technology jointly formed OTREC in 2005 - one of the first national university transportation centers to be designated and funded by the U.S. DOT. The partnership outgrew Oregon’s borders to welcome the University of Utah in 2012, adopting the NITC name, and again in 2013 with the addition of the University of South Florida. The NITC program continued its national expansion through the University of Arizona and the University of Texas at Arlington and in late 2016 successfully competed for five years of funding as one of five national centers in the U.S.

Our Team at Portland State University

Jennifer Dill, Ph.D.
Professor, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
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Director of TREC and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), Jennifer is also a professor of urban studies and planning. She is an internationally cited researcher on sustainable transportation. Among her research projects are Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S., Understanding Types of Cyclists Nationally, Pedestrian Observation and Data Collection Curriculum and more. See her researcher profile here.

Hau Hagedorn
Associate Director

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Hau is the Associate Director of TREC at Portland State University and is responsible for the day-to-day management, operations and provides overall direction for the TREC's peer-reviewed research and technology transfer programs, and shaping workforce development efforts. She actively participates in national efforts on conducting and implementing research. She also oversees programming and delivery of professional development workshops through the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI). She is co-Chair of the TRB Conduct of Research Committee, and member of the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (OBPAC) and Region 1 Area Commission on Transportation (R1ACT). Hau has over 20 years of public and private sector experience in transportation. In her spare time, she runs to escape juggling the busy lives of three active kids.  

Anna Archer
Transaction Specialist
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Anna is a Transaction Specialist who supports the Departmental Research Administrator by coordinating new hires, travel, contracts, and student support for grant funded activities at TREC. She is a Portland State graduate, with a bachelor's in Business Administration, focusing in HR Management. She recently moved back to Portland after teaching abroad in South Korea and China.

Lacey Friedly
Communications Coordinator

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Lacey is the communications coordinator for TREC. She connects with researchers, writes articles, and documents (through pictures, videos, and model towns) the value of the transportation research being done at TREC and through the NITC program. Before TREC, Lacey was the acquisitions editor for Dark Discoveries magazine. She also managed the editing department at Ooligan Press, Portland State University's student-run publishing house. She graduated from PSU in 2013 with a master's in book publishing. In her spare time Lacey enjoys swimming, reading, and making stop-motion animation videos. she/her/hers

Cheyanne Kalainoff
Financial Research Administrator

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Cheyanne focuses on the financial administration of grants for the TREC department, including their NITC grant. She has extensive experience in budget development, financial monitoring, and award management. She serves as the liaison between TREC, our partner’s administrative offices, and PSU’s Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA). She has been at PSU since 2015. Prior to coming to PSU, she was a Financial Analyst/Program Administrator and Contract/Internal Auditor at Sandia National Laboratories. She has a Masters in Accounting from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelors of English from the University of Iowa. She and her husband have two children and two Siberian Huskies.

Tammy Lee
Transportation Data Program Administrator

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Tammy is working on a variety of projects for TREC, including documentation, data synthesis, analysis, and visualization supporting ongoing work with PORTAL and Bike-Ped Portal. Tammy received a BS in Genetics & Plant Biology from UC Berkeley before earning a PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences from WSU. Prior to joining TREC she worked as a data scientist for a political digital media consulting firm. When not working she's either hiding in the forest or experimenting in the kitchen.

John MacArthur
Sustainable Transportation Program Manager

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Mr. MacArthur currently manages a complex Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant to Develop and Test an Emergency Transportation Recovery Plan for the Portland, Oregon Region. This project requires close coordination and collaboration with a variety of public agency partners including city of Portland emergency management and transportation bureaus in addition to transit and other agencies critical to the region’s emergency transportation recovery efforts. In addition, this project is creating national training program that will be tested in six cities in early 2018. MacArthur is the Principal Investigator for TREC's electric bicycle research initiatives. His research also includes low-/no-emission vehicle infrastructure in Portland metro, as well as a climate change impact assessment for surface transportation in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Before joining the TREC staff, John was the Context Sensitive and Sustainable Solutions Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation’s OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program.

Cait McCusker
Communications Director
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Cait joined the TREC team in fall 2017 with an extensive background in event planning and strategic communications for green building policy and design. An avid biker and long-time volunteer with pedestrian advocacy group Oregon Walks, she is excited to tackle the dissemination of the center's progressive portfolio of transportation research on mobility. Storytelling is a critical piece to moving research from the theoretical realm to practical application, and Portland is the perfect landscape for this. Off-hours she spends her time with Tomato the Dog, tending to her 82 house plants, or advocating for more equitable infrastructure in Portland.

Lisa Patterson
Technology Transfer and Workforce Development Program Manager
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Lisa enjoys working with researchers, students, faculty and practitioners to create a transportation community and network that connects our research with practice and fosters the development of current and future transportation professionals. She graduated from PSU with a masters in Civil Engineering and worked in the transportation and construction management industry for 7 years before returning to PSU to work at TREC. Her passion for professional development and student success also shows through her board involvement on WTS and ITE, transportation professional organizations and Minds Matter Portland, an after school program for accomplished high school students from low income families. In the evenings and weekends, you'll find her chasing after her three kids (two dogs and a toddler), playing volleyball, running, taking random art classes or trying new local restaurants.

Maria Sorcia Sandoval
Student Office and Events Admininstrator
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Maria is the Student Office and Events Admin. Responsible for supporting event logistics, assisting and coordinating events as well as daily office administration. She is an incoming transfer student from Portland Community College where she obtained her Associate of Science to Portland State University. She is on her path to obtain her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and two minors in Social Innovation and Spanish. Her passion stems from working alongside community members to create more equitable environments, especially within the education system. She enjoys creating environments and resources to tackle barriers first generation students face. Outside of her work with her community, she loves hiking, going to coffee shops and exploring new places.

Brendan Williams
Research and Grants Program Administrator
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Brendan is responsible for TREC’s day-to-day research project management and metrics tracking from inception to close-out. Also, he administers the competitive, peer-reviewed, project selection process including the annual Request for Proposal, Pooled Fund, small starts, and dissertation fellowships. Prior to this, he provided financial management and project coordination for Oregon State University’s Precollege Programs. Brendan enjoys playing soccer, going on long bike rides, traveling to other countries, or, most often, making pizza.

Hui Zhang
Web Developer

Hui moved to the Portland area in 2014, attracted by the green scenery and friendly environment. He has been working in the software engineering field for many years, and believes learning is a lifelong experience. He loves to learn new things and enjoys the process.


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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.

Project Cosponsors

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.

Executive Committee

Arlie Adkins, PhD

Assistant Professor

School of Landscape Architecture and Planning

University of Arizona

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Keith Bartholomew, JD

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

College of Architecture + Planning

University of Utah

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Roger Lindgren, PE, P.Eng, PhD

Professor & Graduate Program Director

Civil Engineering Department 

Oregon Institute of Technology

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Stephen P. Mattingly, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

University of Texas at Arlington

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Marc Schlossberg, PhD

Co-Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI)

Professor, Planning, Public Policy & Management (PPPM)

University of Oregon

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Avinash Unnikrishnan, PhD

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science

Portland State University

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NITC Advisory Board

The NITC advisory board comprises transportation professionals from various regions and organizations throughout the United States whose role is to lend guidance in NITC's research, education and technology transfer programs.

Diana Alarcon, Director of Transportation, City of Tucson

Michael Baltes, Federal Transit Administration

Michael Bufalino, Research Section Manager, Oregon Department of Transportation

Wendy Cawley, Safety Engineer, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation

Jen Duthie, Division Manager, Arterial Management, City of Austin

Kate Fillin-Yeh, Director of Strategy, National Association of City Transportation Officials

Toshi Forrest, Program Manager, Moovel

Susan Handy, Director, National Center for Sustainable Transportation

Cameron Kergaye, Director, Planning, Utah Department of Transportation

Bill Keyrouze, Technical Programs Director, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Ted Knowlton, Sustainability Director, Wasatch Front MPO

Brian Lagerberg, Director, Public Transportation Division, Washington State Department of Transportation

Alan Lehto, Director of Planning & Policy, TriMet

Ivan Marrero, Division Administrator, FHWA-Utah Division

Hugh Morris, National Association of Realtors

Gabe Rousseau, Safety Operations Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration

Brian Saelens, Principal Investigator, Seattle Children's Hospital

Tom Schwetz, Planning & Development Director, Lane Transit District

David Straus, Executive Director, Association for Commuter Transportation

Leah Treat, Managing Director, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

Yinhai Wang, Director, PacTrans

Wayne Kittelson, Senior Principal Engineer, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.


Written for our U.S. DOT grant reporting, our semi-annual Program Progress Performance Reports (PPPR) share the activities and impacts of the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) research consortium. We also maintain the annual reports from our predecessor grant OTREC. 

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