PacTrans News

  • February 12, 2013

    PacTrans Newsletter – Issue #1, 2013

    Read the first issue of the PacTrans Newsletter!

  • January 27, 2013

    PacTrans Seminar Series: Electric Vehicles and Life Cycle Assessment

    Jointly organized by PacTrans and the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the UW

    Speaker: Dr. Chris T. Hendrickson, Duquesne Light Company University Professor of Engineering and Co-Director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

    Abstract: With an increasing number of states mandating the sale of zero emissions vehicles, manufacturers are responding in part by developing electric or battery hybrid vehicles. While widespread use of electric vehicles has the potential to reduce tailpipe emissions, the full environmental cost of producing and operating battery powered vehicles must be considered. This talk discusses the potential environmental impacts of battery powered motor vehicles, including earlier lead acid battery versions and new battery chemistries. Barries to widespread adoption are also discussed.

    Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

    Talk: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.                   Location: Electrical Engineering 105, UW Campus

    Reception: 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.         Location: More Hall 101, UW Campus

    PacTrans_Feb. 27 2013 Seminar (Details)

  • January 25, 2013

    PacTrans Call for Collaborative Regional Proposals

    PacTrans is soliciting REGIONAL proposals for the second-year of funding for the PacTrans Region 10 University Transportation Center (UTC) based on the following theme:

    Safe and Sustainable solutions for the diverse transportation needs of the Pacific Northwest

    We anticipate funding to be available around July 1, 2013 and all work should be completed by Nov 1, 2014. All proposals need to be uploaded onto the PacTrans website at the “Proposal Submission” link.

    Each proposal can be for up to $200K of federal funds (with a required 1:1 non-federal match).

    Due dates:

    • Two page proposal: March 1, 2013
    • Decisions to bidders (rejections or request for full proposals): April 1, 2013
    • Full proposal: May 1, 2013
  • January 4, 2013

    Region 10 Transportation Consortium Reception at the TRB

    When: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
    Where: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. at the Stone’s Throw Restaurant and Bar

    View the PDF here

    The Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), in partnership with AUTC, TranLIVE and OTREC, invites you to a reception for friends and alumni during the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 92nd Annual Meeting.
    For more information, please contact:

  • November 14, 2012

    PacTrans Seminar Series: Calibration of Micro-Simulation Models Using ITS Data: Lessons Learned

    When: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
    Where: In UW Seattle Campus – HUB 332
    View the PDF here

    In order for a traffic micro-simulation model to be effective, it must be able to replicate both supply and demand characteristics, as well as their interaction. That is, the simulation model must be properly calibrated. The recent widespread deployment of ITS in North America has provided an opportunity to obtain significant amounts of traffic related data on a point, link, and trip basis. In addition, there has been a corresponding increase in the quality and quantity of micro-simulation models that can be used to model transportation systems. A methodology for calibrating traffic micro-simulation models so that the simulation results, such as travel time, represent the observed distributions obtained from the field will be presented. The focus of the talk will be on lessons learned from various calibration-related research projects over the past ten years. The seminar will conclude with a discussion of current and future research initiatives in this area.

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