NITC program awards $1.5 million for transportation livability research

The National Institute for Transportation and Communities program awarded $1.5 million in its latest round of funding for transportation research projects that foster livable communities.

The NITC program’s executive committee has awarded around $1.5 million in funding for 16 research projects. The projects reflect NITC’s theme as the national university transportation center for livable communities: safe, healthy and sustainable transportation choices to foster livable communities.

This funding round included a special focus on research examining economic effects of transportation. Funded projects on this focus area looked at urban greenways, location affordability in shrinking cities, transportation affordability in developments near transit, smart-parking programs and effects of bus rapid transit on surrounding property values.

Principal investigators on funded projects represent four of the five NITC program campuses: eight projects from Portland State University, three each from the University of Utah and the University of Oregon and two from the University of South Florida. The Oregon Institute of Technology is also a NITC member campus.

Eleven projects involve collaboration between multiple researchers, with two projects involving multi-campus collaboration. 

This funding round yielded 39 proposals, requesting more than $4 million, nearly doubling the 20 proposals submitted in last year’s funding round.

Projects funded in this round:

Funded projects begin research August 1 and are scheduled for completion by the end of 2016.

NITC is a program of TREC at Portland State. Selected projects show strong potential to move transportation research into practice, inform other researchers, shape national conversations on transportation research and respond to the needs of practitioners and policymakers.

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