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NITC Funds $926K in the Newest Slate of Research on Mobility for Strong Communities
Author: Posted by TREC at Portland State University
Posted: June 21, 2018

The National Institute for Transportation & Communities (NITC) research consortium, led by Portland State University, has awarded $926,000 in total funding for eleven research projects spanning five universities.

The General Research grant is NITC's flagship grant. Annually, we fund general research through a competitive, peer-reviewed RFP process for projects ($30,000 - $150,000) consistent with our theme of improving the mobility of people and goods to build strong communities.

Four of these new projects involve multi-university collaboration, and seven are advancing the transportation knowledge base by building upon an existing body of research. The new group of projects will help lead the deployment of innovative new technologies and practices to improve the safety and performance of transportation systems:

Led by Liming Wang of Portland State University with co-investigator Yao-Jan Wu of the University of Arizona
This multi-university collaboration expands upon previous research by Liming Wang, Incorporate Emerging Travel Modes in the Regional Strategic Planning Model (RSPM) Tool.
 
Led by Nathan McNeil of Portland State University with co-investigator Jennifer Dill of Portland State University
This project builds upon a 2010 Transit-Oriented Developments survey.
  
Led by Arthur C. Nelson of the University of Arizona, with co-investigators Kristina Currans and Nicole Iroz-Elardo of the University of Arizona
This project builds upon an existing body of work. The first two phases of this research, also funded by NITC, were National Study of BRT Development Outcomes and Updating and Expanding LRT/BRT/SCT/CRT Data and Analysis.
 
Led by Benjamin Clark of the University of Oregon with co-investigator Anne Brown of the University of Oregon
 
Led by Marc Schlossberg of the University of Oregon with co-investigator Heather Brinton of the University of Oregon
 
Led by Becky Steckler of the University of Oregon with co-investigator Rebecca Lewis of the University of Oregon
 
Led by Anne Nordberg of the University of Texas at Arlington with co-investigators Jaya Davis and Stephen Mattingly of the University of Texas at Arlington
 
Led by Xiaoyue Liu of the University of Utah with co-investigators Aaron Golub of Portland State University and Ran Wei of the University of California, Riverside
This multi-university collaboration will assist transit agencies in identifying the optimal deployment strategies for the Battery Electric Bus system.
 
Led by Reid Ewing of the University of Utah with co-investigators Yehua Wei of the University of Utah and Shima Hamidi of the University of Texas at Arlington
This multi-university collaboration builds upon previous research led by Reid Ewing examining trip generation and transit-oriented development.
 
Led by Xianfeng Yang of the University of Utah with co-investigator Mingyue Ji of the University of Utah
 
Led by Keith Bartholomew of the University of Utah with co-investigator Arlie Adkins of the University of Arizona
This multi-university collaboration builds on previous research, not funded by NITC, led by Keith Bartholomew.
                           
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The RFP for the General Research grant cycle opens in the spring of each year. The next NITC funding opportunity is our Small Starts grant which opens on August 1, 2018 (proposals due September 5, 2018). This grant programs assists researchers who are interested in transportation but have not yet had an opportunity to undertake a small project.  Faculty members and research faculty that are eligible to serve as Principal Investigators (PIs) are located at Portland State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, University of Utah, or University of Texas at Arlington.

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