NITC program awards funding for new round of research, education projects

The executive committee of the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, or NITC, program has selected a third round of research, education, and technology transfer projects for funding. This grant is part of the University Transportation Center (UTC) program funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Research and Technology, and is a partnership between Portland State University, the University of Oregon, the Oregon Institute of Technology, and the University of Utah. The committee chose eight projects, totaling $800,000, under the NITC theme of safe, healthy and sustainable transportation to foster livable communities. 
The projects are national in scope and support innovations in priority areas including public transit and active transportation. 
Projects selected include:
  • An analysis of the effects of commuter rail on population deconcentration.
  • A look into prioritizing pedestrians at signalized intersections.
  • A study of cyclist-vehicle interaction.
  • An evaluation of an eco-driving intervention.
The eight projects were chosen from among 20 proposals with a total request of over $2 million. 
A complete list of projects and principal investigators is below:
2. Exploiting New Data Sources to Quantify Arterial Congestion and Performance Measures, Miguel Figliozzi and Robert Bertini, Portland State University
5. Evaluation of an Eco-driving Intervention: Changing Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior by Means of Supervisor Support, Donald Truxillo, Leslie Hammer, John MacArthur, Talya Bauer, Portland State University
6. Modeling, Analysis and Implementation of Pedestrian Priority at Signalized Intersections, Chris Monsere and Sirisha Kothuri (Portland State University) and Ed Smaglik (Northern Arizona University) 
7. Assessing State Efforts to Integrate Transportation, Land Use and Climate, Rebecca Lewis and Rob Zako, University of Oregon 
8. Understanding Cyclist-Vehicle Interaction via Analysis of Ego-centric Video, Feng Liu, Wu-chi Feng, Miguel Figliozzi, Portland State University 
OTREC and the NITC program are funded by the University Transportation Centers program of U.S. DOT's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology. Project partners and sponsors include Utah Transit Authority, Wasatch Front Regional Council, Utah Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Transportation, Ivory-Boyer Real Estate Center, and Northern Arizona University.

Share this: