We are pleased to issue our first pooled-fund RFP. The NITC pooled-fund grant program is intended to help maximize implementation of U.S. DOT’s commitment to livable communities while providing regional and local agencies, such as metropolitan planning organizations, transit agencies, and municipalities, more opportunity to be invested in research. Research statements were solicited from partner agencies this fall, and the following research need was selected by the NITC Executive Committee to move forward for funding.
Making non-motorized count data accessible online with visualization tools that are useful to both researchers and practitioners can address two needs: first, to improve the practice of planning and designing for non-motorized transportation activity; and, second, to expand the ability of transportation professionals to share rigorous and quantitative metrics associated with bicycling and walking. The objective of this pooled-fund research is to develop an online data archive for non-motorized traffic count data. NITC and our partners are issuing a Request for Proposals for qualified research teams to respond to this need. The project budget is $175,000 with research completed within a time period of 19 months. Research teams do not need to provide project match. Proposers interested in submitting proposals must email Hau Hagedorn (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their intent to submit a proposal by December 16, 2013. The email should include name(s) and contact information of investigators including university affiliation. Full proposals are due January 31, 2014. Download the full RFP.
Faculty members and research faculty eligible to serve as Principal Investigators (PIs) at Portland State University, the University of Oregon, the Oregon Institute of Technology, or the University of Utah may submit proposals.
The project partners include: The Modeling Program Coordination (MPC) subcommittee of the Oregon Modeling Steering Committee (OMSC) which includes representatives from all the Metropolitan Planning Organizations within Oregon, including:
Lane Council of Governments (Eugene, OR)
Metro (Portland, OR)
Rogue Valley Council of Governments (Medford, OR)
Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (Corvallis, OR)
Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization (Bend, OR)
Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments (Salem, OR)
In addition, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the transportation departments of the cities of Boulder, CO; Austin, TX; and Bend, OR and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA, Office of Planning) are providing financial support for the project. If you are an agency that would like to participate in this project, please contact Susan Payne at email@example.com.