Oregon Modeling Collaborative

Principal Investigator

Kelly Clifton, Portland State University

Summary

The Oregon Modeling Collaborative (OMC) brings together the technical, policy and scholarly expertise of faculty at four institutions comprising the Oregon University System (OUS) and the agencies that comprise the Oregon Modeling Steering Committee (OMSC). Collectively, these institutions and agencies provide modeling tools and methods in support of Oregon's transportation and land use planning and policy efforts. In its ultimate form, OMC will also engage the private sector to participate and contribute to its mission, thereby forming a resource-diversified three-way partnership with its educational institutions and public agencies. Oregon is a leader nationally in the development of sophisticated…

The Oregon Modeling Collaborative (OMC) brings together the technical, policy and scholarly expertise of faculty at four institutions comprising the Oregon University System (OUS) and the agencies that comprise the Oregon Modeling Steering Committee (OMSC). Collectively, these institutions and agencies provide modeling tools and methods in support of Oregon's transportation and land use planning and policy efforts. In its ultimate form, OMC will also engage the private sector to participate and contribute to its mission, thereby forming a resource-diversified three-way partnership with its educational institutions and public agencies. Oregon is a leader nationally in the development of sophisticated methods and analytical tools for transportation, land use, economic and environmental planning and analysis. OMC is intended to support and enhance this nationally acclaimed program by bringing together Oregon’s expertise and talent, fostering ideas and innovation, and providing the resources for applied research and implementation to continue to advance the state of the art and state of the practice. This modeling initiative will enhance Oregon's cutting-edge analytical methods and tools and a major statewide data collection program underway to meet the challenges of planning for a sustainable future. Oregon and other states in the US are challenged to address both persistent and emerging transportation policy questions. The current state of practice does not provide adequate tools to confidently address many of the current policy debates occurring at varying spatial and temporal scales. These issues include: long-term climate change and greenhouse gas emissions; land use strategies to support alternative modes; performance measures for livable, sustainable and healthy communities; and behavioral change in response to pricing strategies, new technologies, and economic shifts. The OMC will provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to the research and development needs of the modeling and planning community in Oregon in support of the innovative and expanding Oregon modeling program. OMC will bring together the various expertise and resources of the OUS university partnerships around the state. It will also draw upon the existing institutional structure of the OMSC, a consortium of federal, state and local agencies with transportation and land use responsibilities and interests that provides a forum for discussion, research and partnerships. OMC will be directed by Kelly Clifton, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Portland State University and guided by a Steering Committee, comprised of two representatives of the OMSC, a representative from each of the four OUS schools, two representatives of the private sector and a representative from OTREC. The programming of OMC will include education and training, research and development, and outreach. Initially, OMC will focus on organizing interested faculty, academic institutions, public agencies and private firms around the development of transportation and land use planning modeling data, tools and analysis and integrate this development into the educational opportunities at institutions of higher education in Oregon. Over the long-term, OMC intends to leverage its resources to become self-sustaining through external grants from sources such as the National Science Foundation, US Department of Transportation and other federal agencies and private foundations, as well as continuing to pursue research and educational opportunities with local agencies. Additionally, OMC hopes to expand its focus to link transportation modeling with broader multi-disciplinary issues, such as those related to the economic, environmental, social equity, and health fields. The initial impact of the OMC will be three-fold. First, the modeling tools developed by OMC will build on Oregon's tradition of innovation in transportation modeling and have direct application to transportation planning and policy questions in Oregon and beyond. Second, the educational component will provide hands-on training for students, staff, post-doctoral researchers and faculty in engineering, planning, policy, geography, mathematics, and computer science. These learning opportunities will provide interns and a future workforce that is well versed in appropriate theory, skills and perspective to work on complex transportation problems. Finally, the OMC will provide the institutional structure to expand on the creative and collaborative exchange on transportation issues that currently exists in the State of Oregon.

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Project Details

Year: 2010
Project Cost: $217,650
Project Status: In Progress
Start Date: October 1, 2010
End Date: August 31, 2013
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TRB RiP: 26879

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  • Various, 2012-03-15, Portland State University.

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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