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Working Paper

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Urban transportation -- Research -- Evaluation, Urban transportation -- Research -- Funding, Urban transportation -- Government policy

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34 pages


University-based research in transportation, particularly urban transportation is in disarray. This disarray stems from a major decline in research funding in real terms available to universities and from a lack of a consistent policy and practice with respect to research in transportation. As a result, university researchers are pursuing new options for both basic and applied research in transportation. This paper sets forth issues involved in developing university-based research programs in transportation. Particularly, it argues for a more open and peer review based process for a basic transportation research program. This paper provides a context for needed assessment of the university role in such research. The effort should also include u.s. DOT and TRB. There is also a need to distinguish among basic and policy research, training, and technology transfer and provide coherent programs for each.


Catalog Number DP87-2.

A product of the Center for Urban Studies, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University.

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