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

Impacts of Electric Vehicle Charging on Electric Power Distribution Systems

Robert Bass
This proposed research will use Electric Avenue as a platform for investigating the impacts electric vehicles (EVs) may have on electric power distribution systems. During the week of October 22-29, students from OTREC, under the direction of John MacArthur, performed a week-long survey of usage at Electric Avenue. The students monitored EV use along the Avenue and performed driver surveys. Concurrently, PGE installed a temporary power quality (PQ) meter on the main feeder into Electric Av... Read More

An Evaluation of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Environmental Streamlining Efforts: A Focus on CETAS

Connie Ozawa
Jennifer Dill
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) responded to the federal call in the late 1990s to streamline the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by (1) implementing organizational and procedural changes internal to the agency, (2) funding ODOT-dedicated staff positions in state and federal resource agencies, and (3) convening regular meetings with state and federal agencies with NEPA-related regulatory responsibilities. This latter effort evolved into the CETAS (Collaborative Environ... Read More