Jan 02, 2019

This page serves as a homebase for our coverage of the 2019 Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual conference. Check back here for ongoing updates, as well as our Twitter and Facebook.

  • NITC GUIDE TO TRB (PDF): Our printable schedule of where all of our NITC researchers will be presenting at lectures, poster sessions, and workshops

  • NITC RECEPTION AT TRB: Join us for transportation bingo and networking on Tuesday, January 15 (7:30–10:30pm) nearby at Fado Irish Pub

  • NITC STUDENT AWARD AT CUTC BANQUET: We’ll be celebrating our 2018 NITC “Student of the Year,"  Travis Glick of Portland State University, at the annual CUTC Banquet. Travis is a NITC scholar and graduate research assistant, and will present work in three TRB sessions.

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2019 annual NITC Reception at TRB 2019 on January 15 from 7:30 - 10:30 PM at Fado Irish Pub
Oct 29, 2018

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM EST

The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) invites you to join us for our annual reception at the 98th Annual TRB Meeting for a night of networking, fun, and bingo made especially for you transportation wonks.

Once again, we've bought out the whole bar (Fado Irish Pub)!

We'll be running networking bingo (transportation style), and handing out big and small prizes provided by our research consortium of six universities (Portland State University, University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and new partners University of Arizona and University of Texas at Arlington).

Please RSVP so that we can plan for your attendance and email you a reminder. Complimentary appetizers (at limited capacity) will be provided.

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Jan 05, 2018

Join us for the 2018 TRB Aftershock event, sponsored by the Portland Chapter of Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) and Portland State University's transportation student group, Students in Transportation Engineering and Planning (STEP)!

Each January, Portland State graduate students travel to Washington, D.C., to present their research in front of a national audience at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board. The aftershock gathering, a PSU tradition, is a chance for fellow students to see the research they presented and hear about the conference.

Refreshments will be provided, and student TRB posters will be on display.

RSVP HERE

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Dec 07, 2017

tr*NEW* LOCATION: Karl Miller Center at PSU, 631 SW Harrison St., Room 465
*NEW* REGISTRATION: Sign up through GoToWebinar

Portland State University students share the work they presented at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 2018:

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Nov 29, 2017

7:00 PM – 10:30 PM EST

The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) and TransitCenter invites you to join us for our annual reception at the 97th Annual TRB Meeting for a night of networking, fun, and bingo made especially for you transportation wonks.

And this time, we've bought out the whole bar (Fado Irish Pub)!

We'll be running networking bingo (transportation style*), and handing out big and small prizes - provided by our research consortium of six universities (Portland State University, University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and new partners University of Arizona and University of Texas at Arlington), TransitCenter, and PeopleForBikes.

Please RSVP so that we can plan for your attendance and email you a reminder. Complimentary appetizers (at limited capacity) will be provided.


 

*You might be wondering, "What does 'transportation style' mean?"
It means you'll be charged with finding someone who:

*Has been yelled at during a public meeting...

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Oct 24, 2017

*NEW* LOCATION: Karl Miller Center at PSU, 631 SW Harrison St., Room 465
*NEW* REGISTRATION: Sign up through GoToWebinar

Portland State University students will share the work they presented at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 2018:

SEMINAR VIDEO

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Jan 25, 2017

Six students in the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter of the Oregon Institute of Technology had an in-person meeting earlier this month with Congressman Greg Walden, Representative of the 2nd District of Oregon.

The students, along with Faculty Advisor Dr. Roger Lindgren, were in Washington DC attending the 2017 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting. Funding for the student travel was provided by NITC.

Students Andrew Wixon, Alex Antonaras, Ryan Kelly, Kevin Baker, Jason Millar and Jordan Preston had the opportunity for a brief conversation with the congressman as part of their TRB experience. Students at Oregon Tech have a strong tradition of participating in NITC projects and events.

Oregon Tech has partnered with the university transportation center at Portland State since its 2006 inception as OTREC, and continues this collaboration by being a part of the expanded NITC program grant established in 2016.

The ITE student chapter at Oregon Tech, since its establishment in 2002, has provided its student members with a variety of transportation learning activities including field tours, webinars, traffic bowl participation and travel to conferences.

One of the group's main priorities is putting engineering students in contact with practicing engineers and real-world projects...

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Jan 10, 2017

Proponents of advanced bikeways will point out a growing body of research on these facilities’ safety and benefits for cycling. They can now add another benefit: higher home values.

Research led by Jenny Liu of Portland State University looked at property around advanced bikeways in Portland, defined as bicycle boulevards, protected bike lanes and buffered bike lanes. She found positive effects on property values close to one of these bikeways and an even stronger effect where the network was denser.

Liu presents her research Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. Learn more or download the research paper.

For single family home sales, being a quarter mile closer to an advanced bikeway translated to a $686 premium, while increasing the density by a quarter mile represented a $4,039 premium. For multi-family homes, the effect of being close to a bikeway wasn’t statistically significant on sale price, but increasing the density of bikeways translated to $4,712 of value.

The research can inform policymakers who may question how much residents value bikeways and provide insight into siting decisions. “My results don’t necessarily say to put one here or not, but it does show there is indeed a...

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Jan 07, 2017

Saddling transit-oriented developments with parking requirements better suited to typical suburban developments can make housing and office space near transit scarce and overly expensive. That’s one implication of a NITC research report examining driving and parking at these centers.

It makes sense that transit-oriented developments—dense, walkable centers close to transit that combine residential, commercial and office uses—would generate fewer car trips and need less parking than other development types. But until now, no one has found out how much less parking.

NITC researcher Reid Ewing of the University of Utah took up the challenge and reveals the answer in a report: a lot less. The developments Ewing’s team studied generally generated less than half the driving, and required fewer than half the parking spaces, than standard guidebooks predict. They presented some of their findings Jan. 10 during the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the conference or download the paper.

Ewing’s team studied transit-oriented developments in five United States metropolitan areas and found the...

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