OTREC’s broad research program addresses complex transportation problems by drawing on multiple disciplines, including engineering, planning, economics and design, at our partner universities and beyond. The combined expertise allows OTREC to explore ways to move people and goods sustainably. Research projects also address broader transportation initiatives designed to investigate and build research capacity. Check out the featured projects below or use the search box at right to browse research or search for a specific project.
Rethinking Transportation in Suburbia
Suburban multifamily housing is the fastest-growing housing market in the country, with townhouses, condominiums and apartments adding density, often close to commercial areas. That provides a high potential for walking and cycling and mixed-use development, yet this potential rarely becomes a reality. University of Oregon professor Nico Larco explores why disconnected developments predominate in suburbia and considers ways to create more-livable, less-congested communities.
Read more: Overlooked Density: Re-Thinking Transportation Options in Suburbia
Freight travel-time reliability
Most supply chains cannot thrive without access to an efficient and reliable freight system. Since congestion in the highway system has a significant impact on the productivity and competitiveness of the Pacific Northwest Economy, the objective of this research is to evaluate travel time reliability in the main freight corridors connecting the Pacific Northwest to California, the Midwest, and Southwest.
Read more: Analysis of Travel Time Reliability for Freight Corridors Connecting the Pacific Northwest