Strategic Research Projects


Multimodal Intersections: Resolving Conflicts between Trains, Motor Vehicles, Bicyclists and Pedestrians

The Oregon State Department of Transportation has commissioned the SCTL Center to study the multimodal conflicts and hazards found where pedestrian and bicyclists must cross railroad tracks and roads to continue on a trail next to the railroad tracks.

Safe Truck Parking in PacTrans Interstate Corridors: I-5 and I-90

Unresolved safety issues caused by truck parking shortages in high-demand locations are of keen import to the State Departments of Transportation participating in the Regional PacTrans Center, and to the thousands of trucking companies using the interstate 5 and interstate 90 corridors. This project will begin with a research scan of online reports to describe the lack of truck parking in high- demand locations in states along the I-5 and I-90 truck corridors in the PacTrans region, and in select metropolitan areas, cities and ports on those corridors such as the Cities of North Bend and Fife in Washington; Boise, Idaho; and near Portland, Oregon. 

Urban Goods Delivery

The Final 50 Feet: Urban Goods Delivery System

This research is analyzing processes, developing potential solutions, and piloting operational improvements in the final 50 feet of the urban goods delivery system. The Final 50 Feet is defined as the supply chain segment that begins when trucks pull into a parking space and stop moving—in public load/unload spaces at the curb or in an alley, or in a building’s loading dock or internal freight bay. It tracks the delivery process inside buildings, and ends where the customer takes receipt of their goods.

Freight Systems Performance Management

Urban Freight Score Research Project

Truck freight accessibility is a vital factor to growing economies in metropolitan areas. This research project will develop a quantitative measurement system called a "Freight Score" to evaluate the accessibility of various locations in the city for trucks.

Logistics Hubs and Ports

Improving Multi-Modal Terminal Efficiency

North American rail terminals need productivity improvements to handle increasing rail volumes and improve terminal performance.

Interested in Getting Involved?

UW graduate and undergraduate students interested in joining a SCTL Center research project: Attend a Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics Research Group (RG) meeting as the first step. RG is composed of an interdisciplinary group of graduate students who are engaged in research in various aspects of transportation, ports, and the movement of goods. For more information contact Haena Kim.

Companies looking to join the Urban Freight Lab: For more information, please contact Barbara Ivanov at