The Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans) is the new Region 10 University Transportation Center (UTC) established in January 2012 with a $3.5 million grant from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). PacTrans is a coalition of transportation professionals and educators from Oregon State University (OSU), the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), University of Idaho (UI), University of Washington (UW), and Washington State University (WSU). With dual themes of safety and sustainability, PacTrans serves as an engine and showcase for transportation research, education, and workforce development in the Pacific Northwest.
The goal of PacTrans is to create an environment where consortium universities and transportation agencies within Region 10 work together synergistically. The solutions that we develop will meet the needs of the Region and provide direction for the five strategic goals of the US Department of Transportation:
- State of good repair
- Livable communities
- Environmental sustainability
- Economic competitiveness
The Pacific Northwest offers a unique blend of opportunities to examine a variety of transportation issues, including those related to urban centers, rural communities, diverse geographic features (e.g., coastal plains, mountain ranges), and a growing population of pedestrians and bicyclists. This diversity makes the Pacific Northwest a natural laboratory in which to investigate transportation solutions that are applicable both locally and nationally. PacTrans is dedicated to collaborating with transportation agencies, companies, and research institutions to jointly develop safe and sustainable solutions for the diverse transportation needs of the Pacific Northwest.
The UW serves as the lead institution. The PacTrans Center is located at More 112 on the UW campus. Dr. Yinhai Wang, Professor of transportation engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, serves as Director of PacTrans.