Faculty receive transportation research grants
Four University of Oregon projects were recently awarded grants from the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), formerly the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC). The research grants total more than $325,000.
A summary of each project:
• PPPM Associate Professor Marc Schlossberg and architecture Associate Professor John Rowell have been awarded $122,601 for their research “Making Streets into Complete Streets: An Evidence Based Design Manual.” This research will document a variety of existing and implemented “Complete Streets” from around the country, analyze their design and context, and compare auto mobility in order to develop a design toolbox for planners and traffic engineers. This research is to be completed by September 30, 2013.
Above: PPPM Associate Professor Marc Schlossberg; Architecture Associate Professor John Rowell
• PPPM Assistant Professor Yizhao Yang and economics Professor William Harbaugh have been awarded $98,285 to conduct research entitled “Encouraging Active School Travel by Making it ‘Cool,’ A quasi-experimental study using Boltage, Phase II.” This research expands on an existing project by assessing what motivates and sustains parents and students to use active transportation. The research design will use Boltage, a solar-powered scanning device that can track students’ school commuting trips and use information collected as a basis for incentives and/or rewards. This research is to be completed by December 31, 2013.
Above: PPPM Assistant Professor Yizhao Yang; Economics Professor Bill Harbaugh
• PPPM Assistant Professor Gerardo Sandoval has been awarded $80,024 to conduct comparative research entitled “Latino Immigrant Communities and Equity in Transit Oriented Development.” This research will compare and contrast development and the community and equity impacts of three large transit oriented development (TOD) projects in low-income Latino immigrant communities. The TODs are MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, California, centered around a new subway station; Fruitvale Transit Village in Oakland, California; and Rockwood Station in Gresham, Oregon, involving revitalization around light rail stations. This research is to be completed by August 1, 2013.
Above: PPPM Assistant Professor Gerardo Sandoval
• Oregon Leadership in Sustainability (OLIS) Program Director Vicki Elmer received $39,053 to develop sustainable transportation curriculum for the nine-month graduate certificate program, which trains students in concepts and skills of sustainability. The sustainable transportation class will become a core course for the program.
Above: OLIS Program Director Vicki Elmer
NITC is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. It is one of 22 university transportation centers designated by the U.S. DOT. The program includes the University of Oregon, Portland State University, Oregon Institute of Technology, and the University of Utah. Visit the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) website for more information about the NITC’s research grants.
Story by Joe McAndrew