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

Development, Deployment, and Assessment of a New Educational Paradigm for Transportation Professionals and University Students

Ashley Haire
This project is a part of the Region X Consortium’s plan to deliver a new educational program to a target audience of university students and transportation professionals in the Pacific Northwest in order to address pipeline, training, and retention issues in the transportation industry. The program is based on a new paradigm for educational content delivery—an active, problem-based learning environment conducted at a distance. Supported by educational research and the expertise of the facult... Read More

Value of Reliability

Miguel Figliozzi
David Levinson
The issue of travel time reliability is becoming more critical for the movement of people and freight. In order to examine issues related to the value of travel time reliability, we plan to test drivers’ preferences for alternate commuter routes in a real world setting. The research participants will drive on three different routes in two cities: (1) primarily freeway, (2) primarily arterial roads, and (3) other streets. Freeways have a possible trade-off between high speeds and congestion ... Read More