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

Oregon Freight Data Mart

Miguel Figliozzi
Robert Bertini
Increasing freight volumes are adding pressure to the Oregon transportation system. Monitoring the performance of the transportation system and freight movements is essential to guarantee the economic development of the region, the efficient allocation of resources, and the quality of life of all Oregonians. Freight data is expensive to collect and maintain. Confidentiality issues, the size of the datasets, and the complexity of freight movements are barriers that preclude the easy access and... Read More

Evaluation of the Effect of Supportive Services on the Success of Apprentices in a Highway Trade

Maura Kelly
This project evaluates the impact of a Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) initiative that provides supportive services (i.e., child care subsidies; fuel assistance; support for overnight travel; and tools, clothing, and personal protective equipment) to promote retention of apprentices in the highway trades, with particular concern for increasing the retention of women and people of color. This research project specifically focuses on the Knife ... Read More