TREC’s broad research program addresses complex transportation problems by drawing on multiple disciplines, including engineering, planning, economics and design, from across the Portland State University campus. Browse the featured projects below or use the search box at right to search for a specific project. NOTE: If you're looking for projects from our partner campuses, use the NITC research search.

Research Highlights

Transforming Land Use Regulations to Create Livable Communities that Support Physical Activity in Everyday Life

Jennifer Dill
Deborah Howe
This project seeks to develop a multi-faceted study of a wide range of US communities and their experiences in adopting and implementing land use policies and implementation tools that support active living. The essential aim is to develop an understanding of how to promote reformation of standard US land development policies to transform communities into environments that support active living. At its conclusion, this study will address the questions discussed below. What are the ess... Read More

Freight Distribution Problems in Congested Urban Areas: Fast and effective solution procedures to time-dependent vehicle routing problems

Miguel Figliozzi
Congestion is a common phenomenon in all medium to large cities of the world, and Portland is no exception. For example, the City of Portland Office of Transportation indicates that the growth in truck movement and traffic congestion is rapidly increasing on Portland’s street system. Freight traffic may grow even faster than passenger traffic. Between 2000 and 2020 the number of medium and heavy truck trips is expected to nearly double (COPOT, 2005). From the operational point of view, co... Read More