The National Institute for Transportation and Communities, or NITC, is a program of OTREC at Portland State University and one of 22 university transportation centers designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Portland State leads the program in partnership with the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, the University of Utah and the University of South Florida.

NITC research and education support livable urban communities of all sizes, motivated by a vision of transportation fostering larger social and economic goals:

  • Improving health and safety for all users
  • Increasing the efficiency and understanding of cycling, walking and transit
  • Making the best use of data, performance measures and analytical tools
  • Integrating multimodal transportation with land use
  • Taking long-term action on transportation emissions and climate change.

Achieving this vision requires research that provides decision makers with better data and information systems and measures of system performance. NITC also strives to encourage meaningful public involvement that engages residents in decisions that affect their lives.

Research Project Descriptions:

The most recent round of projects was selected through a competitive peer-review process in July 2014. Eight projects, totaling $800,000, were selected. Information on the request for proposal process is here.

The NITC program's first round of projects was selected in July 2012. A second round of projects was selected in November 2013.

Final Research Reports

Final reports are listed upon completion.


Request for Proposals