NITC Awards $485,456 in Funding for Seven New Research Projects

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The National Institute for Transportation & Communities (NITC) research consortium, led by Portland State University, has awarded $530,419 in total funding for seven new research projects spanning five universities. With the extension of the FAST Act, NITC received one additional year of funding, and given this limited time frame, we emphasized projects that were relatively short in length, relied on existing expertise, and would yield specific outputs and outcomes. Several of the projects have an equity focus, and much of the research aims to make it easier to get around multimodally and/or by walking. The seven new projects are:

Led by Danya Rumore of the University of Utah and Philip Stoker of the University of Arizona
  • Rumore and Stoker focus on the unique transportation challenges of 'gateway' communities, or small towns adjacent to natural areas that attract large populations. Their previous NITC project, "Planning in Gateway and Amenity Communities," has been covered by media outlets including Forbes and the BBC.
Led by Diane Mitschke, Anne Nordberg and Stephen Mattingly of the University of Texas at Arlington
Led by Ladd Keith, Kristina Currans and Nicole Iroz-Elardo of the University of Arizona
  • Ash Avila, a 2022 TRB Minority Student Fellow featured in a recent NITC student spotlight, worked on this project during the summer of 2021.
Led by Sirisha Kothuri and Nathan McNeil of Portland State University, and Kate Hyun and Stephen Mattingly of the University of Texas at Arlington
Led by Andy Hong and Xiaoyue Cathy Liu of the University of Utah
Led by Yizhao Yang and Rebecca Lewis of the University of Oregon
Led by Anne Nordberg, Jaya Davis and Stephen Mattingly of the University of Texas at Arlington
Led by John MacArthur of Portland State University, Chris Cherry of University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and Luke Jones of Valdosta State University

Photo courtesy of Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)/Laura Sandt

The National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) is one of seven U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers. NITC is a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. This PSU-led research partnership also includes the Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of Texas at Arlington and University of Utah. We pursue our theme — improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities — through research, education and technology transfer.

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