This committee is concerned with information exchange and research on the processes and methods for technology transfer, and assisting the Transportation Research Board and other TRB committees in their role as an agent for technology transfer.
An EPIC Way to Move Transit into the Future: TriMet and the University of Oregon's Sustainable City Year Program
Marc Schlossberg, University of OregonShow Abstract
jeb doran, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District
Megan Banks, University of Oregon
The challenge for local transportation departments and transit agencies to continually innovate often comes not from an inability to put knowledge into practice effectively and efficiently, but from a lack of resources and fresh insight about novel solutions to pressing problems. Universities, on the other hand, typically do a good job in creating new knowledge, but less so in getting that knowledge into practice more quickly and in a useful way. In 2009, the University of Oregon launched a radically simple approach to address both challenges, called the Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP), which is based on leveraging existing courses across a university to work with a single community partner over an academic year to help resolve challenges within existing work plans. The model has since been replicated elsewhere and is known more generically as an Educational Partnership for Innovation in Community, or EPIC, partnership model. In 2017-18, for the first time, an EPIC program partnered directly with a transit agency: TriMet of the Portland, OR region. This paper describes how students and faculty from disciplines across the university engaged in a real way to help TriMet advance development of a regional expansion of light rail service and begin a broad conversation about the impacts that changing mobility options (autonomous vehicles, ride-hailing, bike-share, etc.) will have for the future of transit in the region.