Connected Streetcar Project

This project will create a foundation for deploying connected vehicle infrastructure and facilitating connected vehicle research for the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) University Transportation Centers (UTC). Connected Vehicle (CV) technology and the associated data has the potential to help us better understand vehicle, streetcar, and transit performance as well as improve safety for vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists. Specifically, this project will deploy the Multi Modal Intelligent Traffic Signal System (MMITSS) — a Dynamic Mobility Application that provides traffic signal priority for multiple modes of travelers, developed at the University of Arizona in Portland, OR. Data from the MMITSS platform will be integrated into the PORTAL data archive. The connected vehicle deployment will begin with the Portland Streetcar and include four intersections along the “Art Museum Corridor”. In parallel to the CV technology deployment, the project team will investigate user needs, usage of the data and will design visual analytics for the CV data aimed at evaluating and improving Streetcar performance. The long-term vision of this project includes analyzing the data to determine which modes of travel should be given a higher level of priority. For example, during commute times, buses, light rail, and bicycles may be given higher priority than passenger vehicles. Additional research projects based on this platform could include the addition of smartphone capabilities for pedestrians and bicycles and the capture of high fidelity data from connected travelers (pedestrians, bicycles, passenger vehicles, transit, trucks, and emergency vehicles) to study the ability to impact traffic flow using priority policy based control and other CV applications. This project is a top-to-bottom implementation of a foundational platform for connected vehicle research within the NITC UTC that will enable connected vehicle research by NITC researchers and regional agency staff, including City of Portland staff, and in the longer-term national researchers.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $657,896
  • Contract Numbers:

    NITC 1182


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    City of Portland

    1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 800
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97204

    Portland State University

    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201

    University of Arizona

    College of Engineering
    1209 East 2nd Street
    Tucson, AZ  United States  85721
  • Managing Organizations:

    TREC at Portland State University

    1900 SW Fourth Ave, Suite 175
    P.O. Box 751
    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201
  • Project Managers:

    Hagedorn, Hau

  • Performing Organizations:

    Portland State University

    Portland, Oregon  United States  97201

    University of Arizona, Tucson

    PO Box 210072
    Tucson, AZ  United States  85721
  • Principal Investigators:

    Tufte, Kristin

    MacArthur, John

    Head, K

  • Start Date: 20180501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20221231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01674930
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Institute for Transportation and Communities
  • Contract Numbers: NITC 1182, 69A3551747112
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 10 2018 6:44PM