Office of Research

Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)


Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) investigators conduct research in the areas of bridges, construction management, environment, ferry systems, freeway and arterial management, freight travel, geotechnical engineering, highway design, intelligent transportation systems, multimodal travel, pavements, technology transfer, traffic engineering, transportation planning, and vehicle design and operation, among others.

Nationally, TRAC has prepared proposals for and conducted research with the USDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, the National Science Foundation, the National Highway Institute, the National Traffic Safety Administration, the Transportation Research Board IDEA program, the Strategic Highway Research Program, and the US Forest Service.

Within Washington state, we have worked with the Puget Sound Regional Council, the Washington State Energy Office, the Washington State Patrol, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, the King County Department of Transportation (Metro), Snohomish County Public Works, and the City of Seattle.

TRAC has received private support and cooperation from numerous consultants, including Chaparral Systems Corp., ERES Consultants, Urban Systems, Inc., Cambridge Systematics, and PACCAR and has also worked with a number of public agencies from outside of Washington state.

Funding Information:

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
Children's Hospital.
National Network Plan for International Health (NNIH).
Sound Transit.
University of Texas Homeland Security.
Kittelson & Associates, Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jennigan.
Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Bullitt Foundation Applied Research Associates.
Cambridge Systematics.
Puget Sound Regional Council.

Reporting Structure:

David Notkin, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering.

Related UW Entities:

College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Technical Communication,
Information School, Department of Information Sciences,
College of Built Environments, Department of Architecture, College of the Environment, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences,
College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Geography

Center Details

Director: Hallenbeck, Mark
Location: 1107 NE 45th St.
Year Started: 1983
Administrator / Program Manager: Green, Bev
Administering College/School: College of Engineering 
Faculty Involvement: 22