Who We Are

OTREC is a university transportation center, based at Portland State University, that houses the National Institute for Transportation and Communities and the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation.


Our Mission

OTREC research and education programs foster livable communities, motivated by a vision of transportation furthering larger social and economic goals.

OTREC by the Numbers

  • Total value of projects funded: $12.2 million
  • Number of projects funded: 153
  • Number of faculty partners: 98
  • Number of external partners participating in OTREC: 46

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The National Institute for Transportation and Communities supports livable urban communities of all sizes through research and education.

Oregon Modeling Collaborative

Oregon Modeling Collaborative

This series of free archived seminars explains the basics of transportation modeling for decision makers and the general public.

Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles

Smart electric transportation plays a role in reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

Healthy Communities

Healthy Communities

Our projects look at the elements that make walking and cycling safe and practical.

Integration of Land Use and Transportation

Integration of Land Use and Transportation

We help Oregon earn its reputation for combining land use and transportation creatively.

Advanced Technology

Advanced Technology

OTREC looks at how technology can help transportation systems run better.

Research Program

Our research program supports innovations in transportation, including research on cycling, walking, transit and electric vehicles.
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Featured Project: Can we make our intersections safer for pedestrians and more convenient for drivers?

OTREC Researchers

OTREC supports 98 faculty members in 23 different disciplines at its four partner universities and beyond. Of the 131 projects funded, 78 have involved multiple investigators.

Liz Kaster

Graduate Student, Portland State University


NITC Round 3 RFP

Attention NITC PIs! Don't forget about the upcoming research deadlines:

Abstracts Due 3/15
Proposals Due 4/15

Recent News

OTREC gives “green light” to new hybrid electric vehicle
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Project develops new process for illustrating planning scenarios
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Bike-ped count Webinar marks expanded professional development offerings
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Upcoming Events

Assessing Impacts of Time Use on Children’s Physical Fitness in Relation to Obesity & Diabetes Risk: April 25th, 2014
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