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The TRCLC aims to address the nation's critical transportation challenges through the prism of livable communities. The Center’s primary goal is to improve affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation options for conventionally underserved communities with special attention paid to non-motorized travel, pedestrian and bicycle safety, job accessibility and 'smart' transport technologies.

Recent news

2nd Annual Summer Conference on Livable Communities: Issues on Non-Motorized Transportation
July 23-24, 2015

The Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC) is hosting the 2nd Annual Summer Conference on Livable Communities. The conference will be held at Western Michigan University on July 23 - 24, 2015. There will be no registration fee for the conference and participants will receive PE credits. For additional information, you can download the Conference Announcement at here. To register, please complete the online registration form at http://goo.gl/forms/a1NLYrwAeN. Please find a list of topics and important dates at below. 


  • Non-motorized transportation promotion and safety
  • Transportation services for elderly and people with disabilities
  • Impact of transportation on human health
  • Enhancing public transit services
  • Big data analytics for transportation services
  • Transportation services for livable communities

 Important Dates: 

  • June 15 - 19:    Speaker  Registration  (by invitation)
  • June 15 - 26:    Attendee Registration (seats are limited) 
  • July 23  - 24:    Conference 

Livable Community Mobile App Challenge Winners
May 15, 2015

Two groups of students from Portage Central High School have been recently awarded the Winners of the "Livable Community Mobile App Challenge," hosted by the TRCLC at Western Michigan University. The theme of the challenge was for high-school students to design and develop mobile applications that can help improve sustainable transportation options for communities in Michigan, with special attention paid to non-motorized travel, public transit, safe routes to school and “smart” transport technologies. The winning teams received awarding certificates and cash prizes from the TRCLC. Detailed information can be found here.  

First place team: Kzoo Biking Buddy    Group Members: Kalyana Bobba, Eamaan Turk, Ryan Hansen, and Zach Marr

Second place team: Plug and Go (Electric Car Charging Solution)   Group Members: Kyle Wang, Katie Kring, Michael Wheeler, Shang-Bing Chang

Attention High-School Students
March 5, 2015

The Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC) at Western Michigan University is inviting high-school students to participate in “The Livable Community Mobile App Challenge.” The focus of this challenge is to design and develop mobile applications that can help improve sustainable transportation options for communities in Michigan with special attention paid to non-motorized travel, public transit, safe routes to school and “smart” transport technologies. For additional information, please download the Mobile App Challenge flyer here. To participate in this challenge, please send an email to TRCLC (trc-info@wmich.eduno later than March 31, 2015 at 5 p.m. (EST), including names of all team members, representative’s email address, and attach a proposal to the email. Important dates and deadlines are provided below.

  1. March 31, 2015: Registration and proposal submission deadline
  2. April 30, 2015: Submission deadline
  3. May 9, 2015 (tentative): Showcase and award ceremony


Attention Researchers
December 9, 2014

The Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC) is inviting its consortium members to submit research proposals for its second round of funding.  For additional information concerning review and selection criteria, format requirements, schedule and application please download the call for proposals document from this web page. Completed proposals are due no later than January 30, 2015 at 5 p.m. (EST). See tentative review deadline below.

  1. January 30, 2015: Deadline to submit research proposals
  2. April 15:   Expected release of review results
  3. May 1, 2015:  Earliest start of research projects

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MDOT teams up with TRCLC researchers and community partners
to host design charrette focused on complete streets
September 18, 2014 | Complete Streets Coalition of Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO—Between September 30 and October 3, city leaders and transportation professionals will evaluate Stadium Drive and Michigan Avenue between Western Michigan University and the Kalamazoo River. This vital transportation corridor connects WMU, Kalamazoo College, downtown, and adjacent neighborhoods. Using a placemaking-based approach, the study team will gather public input, evaluate alternatives, and present a feasible vision of potential future changes to the roadway to accommodate all users and drive economic development. Improvements could include traffic calming, pedestrian safety, bikeways, mobility, connectivity, parking, and streetscape. [...]
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TRCLC community partner invites non-motorized transportation
expert Dan Burden to Kalamazoo to conduct walkability audit
by Linda S. Mah
August 6, 2014 | MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette

KALAMAZOO—Dan Burden, founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, will present his walkability audit of Kalamazoo and the economic and social benefits of being a walkable community beginning at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites. The presentation is free and open to the public. The presentation wraps up a two-day visit by Burden, which is being organized by Disability Network Southwest Michigan. The Disability Network says Burden's work ties into the city's master plan work. [...]
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TRCLC hosts First Summer Conference on Livable Communities
July 16, 2014

TRCLC held its First Summer Conference on Livable Communities 15 July 2014 at the Parkview Room, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This meeting provided opportunities for TRCLC researchers to meet one another, discuss current projects and plan future proposals.  [...]
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Numerous TRCLC researchers present, win award at TRB's
93rd Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.
January 16, 2014 | Transportation Research Board

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting was held in Washington, D.C. January of this year. Several TRCLC researchers participated in the more than 4,500 presentations, 800 sessions and workshops at the conference. We are extremely pleased that the winner of this year’s Patricia F. Waller Award as the most outstanding paper submitted to the Pedestrian Committee in 2013 was the Effects of High-Visibility Enforcement on Driver Compliance to Pedestrian Yield Right-of-Way Laws by TRCLC researcher Ronald Van Houten and co-authors Brad Huitema, Louis Malenfant and Richard Blomberg. [...]
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Attention researchers

The TRCLC has completed its first round of funding for the 2013/2014 cycle. In total, the TRCLC awarded $888,511 in funding. Information concerning the expected research, education, technology transfer and collaboration outcomes for all funded projects were sent to principal investigators in addition to reporting guidelines. Stay tuned for submission instructions and deadlines for 2014/2015.