UW Research

Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)



The Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC) is a cooperative, interdisciplinary transportation research agency. Its broad overall mission is to help connect the University with public agencies and private firms, both local and national, that are involved in transportation, while also performing a variety of research for those organizations.

Core Services Offered

TRAC investigators conduct research, and TRAC provides research support services, in the areas of bridges, construction management, environment, ferry systems, freeway and arterial management, freight travel, geotechnical engineering, health and transportation, highway design and safety, intelligent transportation systems, maintenance, multimodal travel, pavements, security, technology transfer, traffic engineering, transportation planning, and vehicle design and operation, among others.

Funding Information

Washington State Department of Transportation
City of Seattle
Federal Highway Administration
Federal Transit Administration
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
King County Department of Transportation
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
National Cooperative Highway Research Program
National Heart, Lung and Blood institute
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institutes of Health
National Science Foundation
Puget Sound Regional Council
The Real Estate Institute
Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Seattle Department of Transportation
US Department of Transportation
US Forest Service
Sound Transit
King County Metro
Challenge Seattle
Mobility Innovation Center

Reporting Structure

Bart Nijssen, Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Related UW Entities

College of Engineering; Departments of: Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Human Centered Design and Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

College of the Environment; Department of Atmospheric Sciences

College of Built Environments; Departments of Construction Management, Runstad Center for Real Estate, Urban Design and Planning

Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

School of Medicine

Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans)

External Partners

Applied Research Associates
Cambridge Systematics
DKS Associates
MORR Transportation Consulting