PacTrans serves as a collaborative platform for the consortium universities and transportation agencies in Region 10 to address regional transportation issues, envision future transportation needs, and develop sustainable solutions. As the Region 10 think tank, research engine, and training base for tomorrow’s transportation leaders, PacTrans ensures desired collaboration on important regional transportation issues, including research, education, and workforce development, through problem identification, proposal solicitation and review, project selection, funding tracking and outcome evaluation.
Over the years, participating research programs have developed strong relationships with transportation agencies, private industry, and research institutes. This is important for two reasons:
PacTrans is primarily funded through USDOT via RITA to operate as the Region 10 University Transportation Center (UTC). Matching funds are regularly provided by these strong partners.
The Center best ensures its continued utility by researching current issues of interest to practitioners in the real-world. These partnerships allow outside entities to regularly offer research topics and opportunities and help shape the direction of research and technology development.
Further, a key component in capitalizing quality research and technology development is making sure the results get to real-world practitioners. This is done through a process called Technology Transfer. PacTrans is committed to disseminating research results for real-world implementation. A monitoring panel involving many of our partners has been set up for each multi-institutional project to ensure potential practical value and facilitate technology transfer. PacTrans also offers additional funding for completed research projects deemed “Success Stories” to make sure the fruits discovered in those projects come to bear.
Partnerships and Technology Transfer Contents
Technology Transfer – Visit our technology transfer page to learn more about our process for ensuring that quality research and findings successfully reach the practical world educators, practitioners, and policy-makers.
Success Stories – This page outlines the success stories that we have selected to allocate additional funding for technology transfer, and reports on the completed products.