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Center unveils new name, website for Portland State transportation expertise
Author: Justin Carinci
Posted: October 31, 2014

(Portland, Ore.) October 28, 2014— Portland State University has earned a reputation for innovative transportation programs that span multiple disciplines, all in service of livable communities. That expertise is now available in a single place through the newly renamed TREC, Portland State’s transportation research and education center.

Growing out of OTREC, TREC is the steward of Portland State’s participation in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers program. The program has awarded Portland State more than $30 million since 2006, with a nonfederal match requirement amplifying the effect of the federal investment and touching more community partners.

The new website, http://trec.pdx.edu, lets visitors search for transportation research and researchers across campus by topic or browse by research area.

Founded in 2006 as a four-campus consortium, OTREC expanded into a broader transportation center based at Portland State. The original OTREC grant ran until 2014, funding 237 research, education and technology transfer projects. In addition to carrying on this legacy, TREC also:

  • Builds on the Center for Transportation Studies, established in 1966. The longstanding Friday Transportation Seminar Series that began with this center continues under TREC.
  • Incorporates the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation, IBPI, created in 2007. IBPI offers a full range of professional development activities focused on walking and bicycling.
  • Houses Portal, a multimodal transportation data archive that makes data accessible to researchers and practitioners to make our entire transportation system better understood and more efficient.
  • Administers the National Institute for Transportation and Communities, or NITC, program, which joins Portland State with University of Oregon and Oregon Tech, University of Utah and University of South Florida. The NITC program is the U.S. DOT’s national center for livable communities.

TREC uses Portland as a “living laboratory,” focusing on the role of transportation in fostering such vibrant communities. We seek to improve the safety and efficiency of walking, cycling and transit, while using data, analytical tools and emerging technologies to help decision-makers better serve all users. We look deeply at how our transportation system affects our land use, our environment, our health and quality of life.

“We’re proud of the contributions from the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Urban and Public Affairs and all the transportation innovation across the Portland State University campus,” said TREC Director Jennifer Dill, a professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. “We’re pleased to move forward as TREC to address the challenges for the future of transportation together.”

TREC is the transportation research and education center at Portland State University. We produce timely, practical research useful to transportation decision makers and practitioners and support education of the future transportation workforce. Our training and outreach provide transportation professionals the latest tools and techniques and bring together academics, practitioners and the public to further the Portland State motto: “Let Knowledge Serve the City.”

Information on TREC research and programs is at http://trec.pdx.edu