Jun 07, 2013

OTREC executive committee member Marc Schlossberg of University of Oregon will present a lecture June 19 for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration in Washington, D.C. Schlossberg will offer insights into the Sustainable Cities Initiative as part of the U.S. DOT's Transportation Innovation Series.

The Sustainable Cities Initiative at the University of Oregon promotes education, service, public outreach and research on the design and development of sustainable cities. The initiative's Sustainable City Year program puts the institutional resources of the University of Oregon to use solving the problems of a single Oregon city. Each year, the program connects around 30 courses across a dozen disciplines and involves more than 500 students. Students work to address projects identified by city staff.

Schlossberg's lecture will provide details on the educational model, explain how the model works and provide details on how it could change higher education to meet transportaiton needs.

Click here for details on the lecture.

More information on the Sustainable Cities Initiative is here.

Nov 10, 2010

Good transportation decisions rely on good models. Yet, despite advances in transportation modeling, there had been no dedicated training ground for the next generation of modelers. That all changed with the launch of the Oregon Modeling Collaborative Nov. 12. The collaborative will serve as a living laboratory to put the research from some of America’s top modelers into practice across Oregon.

On Nov. 12, we welcomed Peter Appel, administrator of the federal Research and Innovative Technology Administration, to Portland to kick off the collaborative with researchers, practitioners and policymakers from across the Northwest. Appel, confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator in 2009, has worked on U.S. Department of Transportation initiatives aimed at getting researchers and professionals to address safety, efficiency and environmental sustainability across all forms of transportation.

Groundbreaking research at the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium has already produced models to account for bicycle trips and greenhouse gas emissions and to predict earthquake risk to highway bridges. However, models don’t do any good if agencies can’t afford the staff time and resources to use them. The Oregon Modeling Collaborative helps fill this gap by educating the next generation of...

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Oct 22, 2010

Ten OTREC researchers, staff, and students participated in the Transportation Research Board and University Transportation Center Transportation Systems for Livable Communities Conference last week in Washington, D.C. The conference brought together researchers and practitioners from transportation, housing and public health.

Highlights of the conference included an insightful discussion on defining livability. Despite inconclusive debate on the definition, participants agreed that for the concept to be embraced it can neither be dictated nor prescribed.  Performance measures also were a recurring theme of the two-day conference. Concepts explored included: re-evaluating outdated measures such as volume-to-capacity ratio and level of service to better reflect different modes, shifting thinking from mobility to accessibility and proximity, and data standardization and measurement methodologies. To complete the livability picture, the multigenerational and socioeconomic considerations need to be included.

The following four OTREC research projects were highlighted during the conference poster session:

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