Pooled Fund Research Grants

Our annual pooled fund program offers a process by which cities, counties, MPOs and other regional or local agencies can pool relatively small pots of research dollars to then leverage NITC matched funds for a single, collaborative project. Research statements were solicited from partner agencies in Spring 2018, and the two projects outlined below were selected by the NITC Executive Committee to move forward for funding.

 

Exploring Data Fusion Techniques to Derive Bicycle Volumes on a Network

Active transport modes such as bicycling are associated with many advantages including lower congestion and emission levels and improvement in personal health. Many cities are interested in increasing bicycle activity to take advantage of these benefits. This project will conduct research that explores how to combine data from different sources to establish bicycle volumes. Using the research output, cities will be better equipped to determine bicycle traffic and to evaluate their efforts.

Principal Investigators from NITC's consortium of universities are invited to submit proposals for this project. Read more and submit your proposal by October 1, 2018 here.


Equity Implications of Automated Payment Solutions for Public Transportation

Transit agencies are modernizing their fare collection systems in an effort to reduce the expense of collecting cash and increase operating efficiency. Yet, the equity implications for people who may be excluded or greatly inconvienienced by paying for transit through non-cash based collection technologies are not well understood. This project will address these equity concerns and will identify technology or solutions 'gaps' that need to be implemented to effectively address users excluded by automated "cashless" payment solutions and the equity groups.

Principal Investigators from NITC's consortium of universities are invited to submit proposals for this project. Read more and submit your proposal by October 19, 2018 here.


    This NITC grant is part of the University Transportation Center program, funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and is a partnership between Portland State University (PSU), the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech), University of Arizona (UA), University of Oregon (UO), University of Utah (UU), and University of Texas at Arlington (UTA).