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University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Transportation Informatics Tier I University Transportation Center

Director: Adel W. Sadek, Ph.D.
ph. (716) 645-4367

Secondary Contact: Panagiotis (Panos) Anastasopoulos, Ph.D.
ph. (716) 645-4362

Primary Research Goals: The volume, variety, quality, and resolution of transportation-related “Big Data” currently present the transportation community with an unprecedented opportunity for improving system performance. Specifically, the wealth of data can be studied, analyzed, and mined for insights and applications that can improve the efficiency, safety, sustainability, resiliency and reliability of the transportation system, and can inform and guide transportation policy. It is to this goal that the Tier I Transportation Informatics University Transportation Center (referred to herein as TransInfo UTC) activities are dedicated. TransInfo’s mission will be to undertake research, education, training, and technology transfer activities aimed at realizing the full potential of “Big Data” and Transportation Informatics in:

  1. Improving transportation system performance; and
  2. Guiding investments

TransInfo is a consortium of four National Universities led by the University at Buffalo (UB), the State University of New york (SUNY) located in Buffalo, New York. The three other universities are: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) located in Troy, New York; George Mason University (GMU) located in Fairfax, Virginia; and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez (UPR-M) located in Mayagüez, PR. In addition, the Universities are partnering with CUBRC, a not-for-profit, Research Corporation headquartered in Buffalo, NY, which serves as a non-member partner.

Facilities:

  • Transportation Systems Engineering Lab
  • Integrated Traffic-Driving-Communications Simulator(ITDNS) for Testing Connected and Automated Vehicles
  • 6-Degree of Freedom Driving Simulator
  • Statistics and Econometrics Research Lab
  • Traffic Control Laboratory

University of Alabama

University of Alabama

University Transportation Center for Alabama

Director: Jay Lindly, Ph.D.
ph. (205) 348-1724

Secondary Contact: Connie Harris
ph. (205) 348-9925

Primary Research Goals: The theme of the University Transportation Center for Alabama is “Management and Safety of Transportation Systems.” Our research concentrates on developing more efficient and sustainable highway systems and on helping reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and deaths on roadways. Several research concentration areas follow:

  • Applications of the “Highway Safety Manual”
  • Assisting the Alabama DOT with its Highway Performance Monitoring System work
  • Improving traffic signal systems to reduce corridor congestion

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Alaska University Transportation Center

Director: Billy Connor, Ph.D.
ph. (907) 474-5552

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Primary Research Goals: The Alaska University Transportation Center (AUTC) seeks to improve transportation in cold regions through research, education and outreach. Our research is focused on results. Each of our activities has a specific outcome in mind. As a result, the work here at AUTC provides staff, faculty and students an opportunity to make a difference in the world around them.

Transportation in cold regions has unique challenges and opportunities. While more temperate climates are only discussing climate change, we in arctic and Antarctic regions are experiencing climate change. We have an opportunity and obligation to take the lead in adapting our transportation systems to those changes. Climate change impacts include warming permafrost, changes in precipitation patterns, changes in animal habitat and changes in plant species. In order to understand the impacts of climate change, AUTC includes vulnerability reviews for our roadways, airports, railways, bridges, ports, and pipelines into each of our projects. We work with both private and public agencies to evaluate planning, design and maintenance in transportation; our common goal is to ensure the sustainability of our transportation systems.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC)

Director: Jenny Liu, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (907) 474-5764

Secondary Contact: Joe Alloway
ph. (907) 474-7330

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Primary research goals: The Tier 1 Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC) is a consortium of three universities, led by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), and including Montana State University (MSU) and Washington State University (WSU).

The consortium offers unique abilities to ensure a successful UTC that addresses national, state and local needs in sustainable transportation and “advance environmentally sustainable policies and investments that reduce harmful emissions from transportation sources”. It brings together programs with unique strengths and capabilities well matched to achieve the USDOT goal of Environmental Sustainability through an integrated, holistic approach to sustainable transportation and through accelerated research implementation and technology deployment.

The CESTiCC theme “systematic approaches to environmental sustainability in transportation for cold regions and beyond” presents a unique opportunity to enable cross-disciplinary research, education, and technology transfer —which is valuable in light of the cross-cutting nature of today’s transportation challenges in cold regions. Our Center goal is “to systematically engineer environmentally sustainable transportation infrastructures in cold climates, considering the entire life cycle of transportation planning, design, materials selection, construction, maintenance and operations, preservation, and recycling through the collaboration of academia, industry and other stakeholders.”

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Maritime Transportation Research and Education Center

Director: Heather Nachtmann, Ph.D.
ph. (479) 575-3484

Secondary Contact: Amy Shell, M.S.
ph. (479) 575-6021

Primary Research Goals: MarTREC’s theme is building economic competitiveness through efficient, resilient, and sustainable maritime and multimodal transportation systems. Our vision is to be recognized as the Nation’s premier source for expertise on maritime and multimodal transportation research and education. Our MarTREC consortium was formed based on nationally-renowned expertise supporting the MarTREC theme, strategic location along a major navigable river or in a coastal area, and dedication to transferrable research and inclusive education and workforce development.

There are three MarTREC Research Domains, with two sub-domains each:

Maritime and Multimodal Logistics Management: Multimodal Supply Chain Efficacy
Economic Competitiveness through Waterborne Freight

Resilient and Sustainable Multimodal Infrastructure: Multimodal Infrastructure Asset and Material Resiliency
Sustainable Multimodal Infrastructure

Livability and Emergency Management of Coastal and River Valley Communities: Livability and Transit‐Oriented Development (TOD)
Evacuation and Emergency Logistics

Facilities:

  • University of Arkansas
  • Jackson State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of New Orleans

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley

Institute of Transportation Studies

Director: Alexandre Bayen, Ph.D.
ph. (510) 642-3586

Secondary Contact: Laura Melendy
ph. (510) 642-3587

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Primary Research Goals: Mobile internet applications (location based services), participatory sensing, inverse modeling and data assimilation, control, estimation and optimization of distributed parameter systems.

Applications specific to traffic: traffic management and traffic operations, mobility management and mobility interference.

Facilities:

  • Traffic Safety Research Center (SafeTREC); Tech Transfer
  • UC Pavement Research Center (PRC) – Berkeley ; Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC)
  • NEXTOR Program (FAA Consortium in Aviation Operations Research) – UC Berkeley
  • California PATH (Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology)
  • UC CONNECT (University of California Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation)

University of California, Davis

University of California, Davis

Institute of Transportation Studies

Director: Prof. Daniel Sperling
ph. (530) 752-7434

Secondary Contact: Susan Handy, Ph.D.
ph. (530) 752-5878

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Primary Research Goals: The mission of the Institute of Transportation Studies, Davis (ITS-Davis) is to serve the needs of society by organizing and conducting multidisciplinary research on emerging and important transportation issues disseminating this research through conferences and scholarly publications, and enhancing the quality and breadth of transportation education. ITS-Davis is internationally recognized for its multidisciplinary approach to transportation studies, with sustainability as a key underlying theme. To address today’s challenges, ITS-Davis has built strong research programs in three areas:

  • Travel behavior and transport systems modeling
  • Environmental vehicle technologies and fuels
  • Climate change, air quality, and other environmental impacts We are partnering with government, industry and non-governmental organizations to inform policy making and business decisions, and advance public discourse on key transportation, energy and environmental issues. The Institute is focused on issues important to society.

Facilities: ITS-Davis has access to a wide range of facilities from meeting rooms to laboratories including facilities at centers established by ITS-Davis such as the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, UC Davis Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways program, Urban Land Use and Transportation Center, and the China Center for Energy and Transportation. The Center also benefits from facilities at affiliated centers and laboratories, including the UC Pavement Research Center, a vehicle energy storage and fuel cell laboratory, and the Hyundai Center of Excellence in Vehicle Dynamic Systems & Control.

University of California, Irvine

University of California, Irvine

Institute of Transportation Studies

Director: Stephen G. Ritchie, Ph.D.
ph. (949) 824-4214

Secondary Contact: Anne Marie DeFeo
ph. (949) 824-6564

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Primary Research Goals: A fundamental goal of the Institute is the stimulation of interdisciplinary research on contemporary transportation issues. ITS research at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) involves faculty and students from The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Social Ecology, the Paul Merage School of Business, the School of Law, and the Bren School of Information and Computer Science. The Institute also hosts visiting scholars from the U.S. and abroad to facilitate cooperative research and information exchange, and sponsors conferences and colloquia to disseminate research results. ITS is also part of the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC), one of ten federally designated centers for transportation research and education, and a member of the Council of University Transportation Centers, (CUTC).Research at ITS covers a broad spectrum of transportation issues. Current funded research projects at Irvine focus upon: Intelligent transportation systems, particularly advanced transportation management systems; Freight transportation system modeling, planning and outcome analysis; Analysis and simulation of urban traffic networks; Transportation system operations and control; Travel demand forecasting and analysis of complex travel behavior; Transportation/land use interactions, particularly those which encourage alternative modes of travel; Planning and evaluation of advanced public transit systems; Transportation pricing and regulation; Energy and environmental issues, particularly demand for alternative fuels; Effect of land-use on transportation demand; Growth of automobile use in the U.S. and other countries

Facilities: Facilities include meeting and seminar rooms, a statewide video teleconferencing facility, computer lab, and equipment for advanced traffic detection, monitoring and analysis. The ATMS Laboratories include advanced traffic signal controllers and a variety of traffic data collection devices. These laboratories form the backbone of California’s research initiative in ATMS and, together with the California ATMS Testbed established in Orange County as part of that initiative, provide unparalleled opportunity for the development and testing of applications of advanced technology in the management of transportation systems.The transportation research program at Irvine is also supported by computerized access to the ITS Transportation Library at UC Berkeley, and ITS-Irvine subscribes to the major transportation research journals and offers a variety of computer-based information retrieval services. ITS-Irvine is linked to the broader professional community through a series of research colloquia and specialty conferences. The latter programs attract an international audience.

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Los Angeles

Institute of Transportation Studies

Director: Brian D. Taylor, Ph.D.
ph. (310) 903-3228

Secondary Contact: Madeline Brozen
ph. (310) 487-6598

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Primary Research Goals: Advance transportation research and education in support of economic competitiveness, environmental sustainability, and livable communities in Los Angeles, California, the nation, and the world. Our current initiatives include: The UCLA Complete Streets Initiative; The Local Government Climate and Transportation Planning Initiative; The Spatial Analytics Initiative; and the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Transportation – Land Use – Environment Symposium Series.

Facilities: The UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies maintains dedicated research and office space consisting of five office suites with 35 workstations. We also have three conference rooms with state-of-the-art sound and projection systems, a multi-functioning smart board and projector, and team work space suitable for collaborative meetings. We also maintain a secure data facility with code-based lock system for projects requiring confidential data management and storage; workstations and printers are off-network and have secure encrypted partitions. The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (of which the Institute of Transportation Studies is part) recently underwent renovations outfitting the School with the latest information, communications, presentation, and computing technologies. The remodel included enhanced audio-visual technology in our School’s two large lecture halls and four primary classrooms, providing them with the capacity to teleconference and podcast lectures.

University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

Center for Advanced Transportation Systems Simulation

Director: Dr. Essam Radwan
ph. (407) 823-4738

Secondary Contact: Dr. Mohamed Abdel-Aty
ph. (407) 823-2841

Primary Research Goals: Vision: Internationally recognized centers of excellence, fully integrated within institutions of higher learning, that serve as a vital source of leaders who are prepared to meet the nation’s need for safe, efficient and environmentally sound movement of people and goods Mission: To advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through the mechanisms of education, research and technology transfer at university-based centers of excellence. Active Research Areas: Traffic safety, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Traffic Operations, Freight Modelling, Traffic Simulation, Electric Vehicle Technologies and Energy Needs

Facilities:

  1. Office Suite to accommodate faculty and Research Associates
  2. Educational laboratory that houses work stations and meetings space
  3. High Bay Driving Simulator Laboratory

University of Central Florida

University of Central Florida

Florida Solar Energy Center and Electric Vehicle Transportation Center

Director: David Block
ph. (321) 638-1001

Secondary Contact: Kevin Schleith
ph. (321) 638-1486

Primary Research Goals:

The Electric Vehicle Transportation Center (EVTC) supports the U.S. Department of Transportation’s strategic goal of planning for near-term integration of alternative fuel vehicles as a means to build a sustainable transportation system. Electric vehicles (EVs) provide the unique capability of being able to store energy, thus, this feature allows EVs to both use and supply energy to the nations electric grid. New “smart-grid enabled” inverters and chargers will feature real time, two-way communication, providing live network access and the ability to control system power output remotely. The new transportation network will now be capable of both using and feeding the electric transmission network. Project research objectives are to evaluate technologies, standards and policies to ensure seamless integration of electric vehicles (EVs) into a complex transportation network and electricity grid. The EVTC will bridge the gap between deployment of electric vehicles and the traditional transportation system. The EVTC research effort consists of 21 separate projects that include integrating auto and charging technologies combined with data measurements.

Facilities:

Electric Vehicle Control and Communications Laboratory

Wireless Charging Laboratory

University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut

Center for Transportation and Livable Systems

Director: Nicholas E. Lownes, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (860) 486-2717

Secondary Contact: Stephanie Merrall
ph. (860) 486-0352

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Primary Research Goals: Three key topics drive transportation research at the University of Connecticut: Safety, Public Transportation and Urban Planning. Safety: Over 30,000 people die on U.S. Highways each year. This sad fact has many causes – among them being unsafely designed roadways. Transportation engineers and scientists at UConn are working to reduce this number by designing roadways and highways so that people will use then in a safer way. UConn is also leading major efforts to manage and analyze safety data to allow engineers, planners and lawmakers to develop policy and design that will reduce the toll of fatality and injury in our transportation system. Public Transit: Public transit helps to create vibrant, sustainable communities and is a critical part of the transportation planning toolbox. In many places around the world, strong public transit systems correspond to high-quality places to live. Public transit can provide efficient mobility and help decrease congestion and emissions. The transportation faculty at UConn conducts research on optimizing public transit and integrating it into the communities it serves. From equity in transit service provision to the influence of real-time information on travel behavior, the UConn transportation faculty is on the cutting edge of transportation research for public transit system users, planners and operators.Urban Planning: Urban planning is the design, planning and development of communities. The skillful blending of transportation systems into the urban fabric helps limit transportation energy use and carbon emissions. UConn urban planning research is highly interdisciplinary and involves close collaboration with professionals in such diverse fields as geography, sociology, political science, and computer science.

Facilities: The Center for Transportation and Livable Systems (CTLS) theme engages multi-disciplinary engineering and planning activities that promote a sustainable transportation system and livable communities connected by this system. The UCONN Center for Resilient Transportation Infrastructure (CRTI) is dedicated to the development of novel technologies to enable the next generation of sustainable and resilient transportation infrastructure. The Connecticut Transportation Safety research Center (CTSRC) at UCONN supports the Connecticut Department of Transportation by developing and maintaining a state of the art crash data entry, collection, and safety analysis system which provides efficient tools for the collection and analysis of crash data, tracks and documents safety improvements and needs in the state, develops outreach programs to target Connecticut specific/identified safety concerns, and conducts transportation safety research that has state, national and global implications and applications. The Transportation Systems Laboratory (TSL) at UConn combines an interactive educational environment with the cutting edge of simulation, GIS and transportation planning software. The lab also houses the Connecticut Photolog libraries in a high-volume (48TB) Network Attached Storage server to be used to hold and manage Photolog libraries. Photolog libraries have been collected annually since the 1970’s by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and provide unrestricted virtual access to the entire state highway system in Connecticut.

University of Delaware

University of Delaware

Delaware Center for Transportation/University Transportation Center

Director: Sue McNeil, Ph.D.
ph. (302) 831-6578

Secondary Contact: Ellen Pletz
ph. (302) 831-1446

Primary Research Goals: The mission of the DCT is to improve the movement of people, goods, and ideas, and be viewed as a valuable resource for transportation-related issues and challenges within the state, the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

Facilities: Transportation Engineering Laboratory

University of Florida

University of Florida

University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI)

Director: Lily Elefteriadou, Ph.D.
ph. (352) 392-9537, Ext. 1452

Secondary Contact: Ines Aviles-Spadoni, M.S.
ph. (352) 392-9537, Ext. 1409

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Primary Research Goals: The UFTI aims to advance the transportation state-of-the-art, disseminate research results, and provide educational opportunities related to transportation across the lifespan. Research at the UFTI focuses on the following areas: Autonomous and connected vehicles, traffic operations, safety, planning and policy, logistics, economics, and materials and infrastructure. UFTI is home to the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education (STRIDE) Center, a Regional University Transportation Center (UTC) funded by the US DOT. STRIDE focuses on safety, livable communities, and economic competitiveness. Additional information on research activities is provided at the UFTI website (www.transportation.institute.ufl.edu).

Facilities: The UFTI has a variety of laboratories and data collection resources to meet educational and research goals and needs. It has a Traffic Signal Laboratory, several Computer Laboratories, an Instrumented Vehicle for on-the-road data collection, a laboratory for Autonomous Vehicle development, a Driving Simulator, and many other resources for data collection and analysis.

University of Idaho

University of Idaho

National Institute for Advanced Transportation Technology

Director: Ahmed Abdel-Rahim
ph. (208) 885-2957

Primary Research Goals: Our mission is to: Develop engineering solutions (knowledge and technology) to transportation problems for the state of Idaho, the Pacific Northwest, and the United States, and to; Prepare our students to be leaders in the design, deployment, and operation of our nation’s complex transportation systems. We are nationally known for our capabilities in Traffic Signal Operations and Controls, Clean Vehicles and Renewable Fuels, and Transportation Engineering Pedagogy.

Facilities: Traffic controller lab; Driver Simulator;Vehicle/engine research lab including engine dynamometers and emissions equipment, Combustion analysis lab

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago

Urban Transportation Center

Director: P.S. Sriraj, J.D.
ph. (312) 413-7568

Secondary Contact: Paul Metaxatos, Ph.D.
ph. (312) 996-4713

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Primary Research Goals: The Urban Transportation Center (UTC) is a research unit dedicated to innovative transportation research and education that provides technical assistance on urban transportation planning, policy, operations, finance and management. Part of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the UTC is a nationally-recognized innovator in research, education and engagement that benefits transportation networks in cities and metropolitan areas across America. The mission of the UTC is to deliver strong local research and achieve national and international prominence to advance solutions for emerging transportation challenges. The UTC was established as a campus unit in 1079. During the past 35 years, the unit has been an acknowledged leader in research that provides practical solutions in these four core clusters:

  1. Transit planning, operations and management.
  2. Transportation funding and financing.
  3. Freight planning operations and management.
  4. Data development for transportation planning and analysis.

Researchers also have proven experience in intelligent transportation systems, asset management, land use and the environment, paratransit and human services transportation. The UTC participates in two US DOT national transportation research consortia: The National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) and the National University Rail Center (NURail.)

Facilities: The UTC research staff is comprise of eleven transportation research experts – including four Ph.D. researchers – and is supported by 15 UIC affiliated faculty from other colleges and departments. Each professional brings a broad range of transportation experience and specialized skills to every research projects. The UTC is rounded out by a staff of five professionals. Researchers are supported by More than 30 UIC students who work closely with UTC research staff and affiliated faculty.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT)

Director: Imad L. Al-Qadi, Ph.D.
ph. (217) 265-0427

Secondary Contact: Waad Ayoub
ph. (217) 244-5583

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Primary Research Goals: The Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) produces groundbreaking multi-modal transportation research that directly impacts policies and specifications, bringing positive changes to the daily lives of the traveling public and the transportation of goods. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) conducts much of its pavement research at ICT’s Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory (ATREL), a state-of-the-art facility located on 47 acres just 15 miles north of the UIUC campus. The complex includes 67,000 square feet of laboratories, high-tech distance learning/continuing education classrooms, office space, a technical library, and a computer facility. ATREL’s goal is to provide high-quality education and research in the area of transportation and to advance the state of knowledge by developing innovative, economical, and reliable technologies for airport, highway, and rail systems. Since its inception in the fall of 2005, ICT has grown rapidly and become of the largest engineering centers at UIUC. ICT is an innovative partnership between the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and UIUC. It builds on the experience of renowned experts in transportation and related fields at Illinois, IDOT, and other universities worldwide by providing the appropriate tools and support required for objective research. ICT facilitates the development and timely implementation of cost-effective technologies that improve safety and reliability, reduce congestion and impact on the environment, optimize the utilization of the state transportation infrastructure, and maximize the return from taxpayers’ dollars. ICT serves the needs of IDOT, the State of Illinois, and the nation through research, education, and outreach.

Facilities: ATREL is staffed and equipped to accommodate the investigation of a wide range of projects from basic science and theoretical research to full-scale field-testing and transportation infrastructure evaluation, including pavements, bridges, railroad traffic, and transportation systems. The lab is AASHTO accredited in the categories of quality systems, hot-mix asphalt (HMA), and aggregate. ATREL houses several laboratories and an unequaled collection of equipment. It is home to several laboratory areas for testing large- and small-scale material samples with state-of-the art equipment, including several servo-hydraulic testing machines; asphalt binder and mixture equipment; concrete and aggregate equipment; vehicle-mounted equipment such as falling weight defelectometer (FWS) and ground penetrating radar (GPR); and imaging and noncontact stain measurement, among many other advanced systems. ATREL is also home to the Accelerated Transportation Loading Assembly (ATLAS), which was acquired through funding from the State of Illinois in 1993. The $2 million investment can evaluate full-scale transportation systems subject to real-life traffic and environmental conditions and can stimulate aircraft, truck, or rail traffic distributions, testing all types of pavement systems, and applying load levels exceeding those of highway and airfield limits. The Traffic Operations Laboratory (TOL) is a valuable resource for hands-on instruction and research. It was established at ATREL to train IDOT personnel and contractors in the integration and working relationship of railroad and highway signal systems and has been continually updated since then. It is located in a 7,400-square-foot building that houses equipment to evaluate traffic signal components and fiber optic communications and includes an extensive collection of traffic signal control hardware, including controllers, detector units, and conflict monitors.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The National University Rail (NURail) Center

Director: Christopher P.L. Barkan
ph. (217) 244-6338

Primary Research Goals: The National University Rail (NURail) Center is the first University Transportation Center solely dedicated to the advancement of North American rail transportation. It is a consortium of seven partner colleges and universities with strengths in railway transportation engineering, research and education. NURail partners are: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan Technological University, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

The primary objective of the NURail Center is to improve and expand rail education, research, workforce development, and technology transfer in the US. Rail education is being enhanced through development of new, full-semester courses, continuing education programs and on-line educational opportunities.

The NURail Center is focused on the U.S. DOT’s goal of Economic Competitiveness and identified six thematic research areas that are the subject of strategic development planning and ongoing technical research:

  1. Integrated Railroad Vehicle/Track Interaction and Dynamics
  2. Railroad Safety and Risk
  3. Rail Network Capacity Analysis and Planning
  4. Urban, Regional and High-Speed Passenger Rail Implementation
  5. Multimodal Freight Transportation
  6. Funding, Finance, Community and Economic Development

The objective of the NURail Center technical research plan is to sustain and expand U.S. freight railroad transportation safety, capacity, efficiency and reliability, while at the same time developing commuter and intercity passenger rail systems. The divergent needs of freight and passenger trains on shared corridors present complex infrastructure, rolling stock, operational and institutional problems, and drives research towards critical cutting-edge challenges and solutions that have a strong relevance to the rail community.

Facilities: The NURail Center consortium has an extensive array of labs and equipment both on and off their campuses to conduct railway research.

The University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign facilities include the Research and Innovation Laboratory that houses a full-scale experimental track loading bed, a full-scale pulsating load test machine and several other machines to test track components. UIUC is also has the Newmark Structural Engineering Laboratory, a full size civil engineering testing lab with an array of large-scale, experimental materials and structural research capabilities with a full service mechanical shop, and the Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory that has 60,000 square feet of laboratories, continuing education classrooms, office space, technical library, computer facility, and a full service mechanical shop. The Traffic Operations Laboratory, also located at UIUC , maintains sophisticated research equipment for transportation operations and safety studies, provides wide range of traffic control devices.

University of Illinois Chicago facilities include the Dynamic Simulation Laboratory, a computational facility for dynamic modeling of complex multibody mechanical systems involving interconnected rigid and flexible components, the Urban Data Visualization Lab for GIS analysis, data management, and instruction on data formatting and communication, and the Center for Urban Economic Development which conducts research, policy analysis and evaluation on urban and regional workforce development issues.

Michigan Technological University facilities include the MTU Benedict Lab and the Peter Grant Structural Engineering Lab which contains equipment for both structural component testing and infrastructure material testing and evaluation. The Michigan Tech Foundry is used for designing metallic alloy systems, pouring castings up to 300 lbs., and characterizing microstructure and mechanical properties.

University of Iowa, The

University of Iowa, The

Safety Research using Simulation Center (SAFERSIM)

Director: Dawn Marshall
ph. (319) 335-4774

Secondary Contact: Kathy Holeton
ph. (319) 335-6804

Primary Research Goals: The Safety Research using Simulation Center (SAFERSIM) brings together transportation safety research leaders who have a long history of using and developing cutting-edge simulation tools We use a variety of simulation techniques to address the safety issues prioritized by the US DOT. The simulation capabilities of consortium institutions include passenger cars, heavy trucks, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Each institution has strengths in both transportation safety engineering and human factors. The consortium consists of: The University of Iowa, University of Central Florida, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Facilities: University of Iowa-Within the College of Engineering, NADS-1 a high-fidelity driving simulator with a 13-degree-of-freedom motion base and largest motion envelope of any driving simulator in an academic setting, NADS-2 a fixed-base simulator, several lower-fidelity MiniSim™ portable driving simulators, and an instrumented on-road vehicle that can be attached to a simulator system. Operated jointly by the Departments of Computer Science and Psychology is a pedestrian simulator and a bicycle simulator using a stationary bicycle that is unique in the capability to have two riders on separate bicycles interacting in the same virtual world.

University of Central Florida- Between CATSS, housed in the Civil Engineering Department, and the Institute of Simulation and Training there are more than ten simulators available for education and research. This widespread use of simulation across UCF creates an atmosphere of innovation in developing new simulation technology and is a reflection of UCF’s location in Orlando, home to the largest modeling, simulation, and training technology cluster in the nation.

University of Massachusetts-The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL), in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering hosts a state-of-the-art driving simulator with a full cab similar to Wisconsin’s.

University of Wisconsin- The Traffic Operations and Safety (TOPS) Laboratory provides facilities and equipment for research and education in microsimulation, field studies, and statistical modeling of traffic safety. Wisconsin’s driving simulator, a partnership of the TOPS Lab and the Cognitive Systems Lab, has a full-sized cab and uses software from Realtime Technologies, Inc.

University of Kansas

University of Kansas

Transportation Engineering Analysis Laboratory, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering

Director: Steven D. Schrock
ph. (785) 864-3418

Secondary Contact: Eric Fitzsimmons

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Primary Research Goals: The Transportation Engineering Analysis Laboratory (TEAL) solves engineering problems related to safety, operation, and efficiency of our local, state, and national transportation network. TEAL provides education and outreach opportunities to the broader public and KU students, and strives to prepare the next generation of transportation leaders. Primary research goals include examining ways to incorporate innovative ITS safety systems into work zone and highway environments,and examining improvements in highway capacity.

Facilities: TEAL supports transportation research by providing graduate and undergraduate research assistants with a collaborative learning environment with individual high-end computing power, small group meeting areas and traffic engineering equipment to aid in sponsored research projects including: pneumatic road tubes, video and Wavetronix vehicle data collection equipment, LIDAR and Doppler speed guns, and typical highway safety equipment.

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Kentucky Transportation Center

Director: Joe Crabtree, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (859) 257-4508

Secondary Contact: Clark Graves
ph. (859) 247-7388

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Primary Research Goals: The Kentucky Transportation Center (KTC) provides services to the transportation community through Research, Technology Transfer, and Education. The Center creates and participates in partnerships to promote safe and effective transportation systems. KTC’s charter (established by the University’s Board of Trustees in 1979) calls for the Center to address all aspects and all modes of transportation. KTC’s primary research client is the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, for whom the Center serves as the “research arm,” but KTC also provides services for numerous other state and national entities in both the public and private sectors. KTC employs approximately 100 people (including 25-30 students) and has an annual budget exceeding $10 million. Primary areas of research include Pavement Design and Construction; Pavement Preservation; Roadway Drainage; Materials; Geotechnology; Structural Design and Analysis; Bridge Preservation; Construction Engineering and Project Management; Roadway Geometric Design; Traffic Safety; Traffic Operations; Intelligent Transportation Systems; Commercial Vehicle Operations; Highway Incident Management; Transportation Planning; Economics and Finance; Transportation Policy; Environmental Analysis and Sustainability; GIS and Visualization; Structured Public Involvement; and Multimodal Freight Transportation. KTC includes an outstanding Technology Transfer Program, which is also designated as Kentucky’s Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP). This program provides training, technical assistance, numerous publications, and the state’s only transportation library. KTC provides over 200 training sessions each year, with over 5,500 attendees and over 33,000 participant-hours.

Facilities: KTC’s Administrative Offices, as well as the bulk of the Center’s office and laboratory space, are housed in the Oliver H. Raymond Building, which is part of the Engineering Complex on the main campus of the University of Kentucky. KTC also occupies office and laboratory space in four other on-campus facilities: the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems, the Engineering Annex, the S.J. Whalen Building, and the F. Paul Anderson Tower.

University of Maryland – College Park

University of Maryland – College Park

National Transportation Center

Director: Lei Zhang, Ph.D.
ph. (301) 405-2881

Secondary Contact: Stephanie Peters
ph. (301) 405-5193

Primary Research Goals: Center Theme: Strategic Transportation Policies, Investments & Decisions for Economic Competitiveness Center Focus Areas:

  1. Freight efficiency and reliability for domestic shipping and for our international ports;
  2. Congestion mitigation with multi-modal strategies;
  3. Smart investments in nationally critical transportation facilities such as high speed rail.

Facilities: The Maryland National Transportation Center is hosted in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park campus.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Massachusetts Transportation Center

Director: Michael A. Knodler, Jr., Ph.D.
ph. (413) 545-0228

Secondary Contact: Kris Stetson
ph. (413) 577-3199

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Primary Research Goals: The UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) is responsible for promoting transportation research, education, and training throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Theme of the Center is “Improving Mobility and Safety with Innovative Technologies and Strategies.” The Center’s operations are supported by University funds and through contracts with state and federal agencies as well as with industry partnerships. Historically, the majority of the Center’s activities have involved faculty and staff on the Amherst Campus, although more recently faculty and staff from other university and state college campuses have become involved. The current focus of the Center’s research, education, and training efforts encompasses the following major programs: the Center is a collaborative member in the following USDOT funded University Transportation Centers – Region 1 New England UTC, the Ohio State University Tier 1 UTC, and the University of Iowa Tier 1 UTC; the UMTC/Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Cooperative Transportation Research Program; the Baystate Roads Program (LocalTechnical Assitance Program); the Massachusetts Technical Assistance Program (MTAP); the UMass Traffic Research Safety Program (UMassSafe); and the Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC).

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University of Memphis, The

University of Memphis, The

Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute

Director: Stephanie Ivey
ph. (901) 678-3286

Secondary Contact: Mihalis Golias
ph. (901) 678-3048

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Primary Research Goals: Perform cutting-edge freight transportation research of regional and national significance. Establish cooperative research programs with other leading universities. Concentrate transportation and transportation related research to policy, modeling, simulation, workforce development livability in freight centric communities and sustainability. Support private sector research initiatives. IFTI offers an administrative home for a wide range of multi-disciplinary research and curricular initiatives as as public-private partnership endeavors collectively designed to provide national leadership on issues related to intermodal freight transportation. IFTI addresses critical issues affecting the planning, design and operation of the nation’s intermodal freight transportation systems with an emphasis on the intermodal issues that have local significance with national and international implications.

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Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute is housed at the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis. IFTI is the umbrella organization for several other University recognized programs and centers on campus: Freight Transportation Leadership Academy, National Center for Freight & Infrastructure (C-FIRE Consortium), Center for the Advancement of Female Transportation Professionals, Southeastern Transportation Workforce Center and the Society of Female Transportation Professionals. The University has several state-of-the-art facilities, meeting rooms and on campus housing choices to host meetings ranging from a few people to several hundred.

University of Michigan

University of Michigan

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Director: Peter F. Sweatman, Ph.D.
ph. (734) 764-6505

Secondary Contact: Jane C. Ritter
ph. (734) 936-2070

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Primary Research Goals: The Transportation Research Institute at The University of Michigan is committed to interdisciplinary research that will ultimately increase driving safety and further transportation systems knowledge. UMTRI is currently operating a research program with $13.7 million in expenditures, with funds received from federal and state government agencies, motor vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, and other organizations.

Facilities: In order to conduct high quality research in the field of transporation, UMTRI staff members utilize an extensive array of labs and equipment. Whether it is testing the biomechanics of injury mechanisms, investigating heavy-duty vehicle dynamics, or analyzing the interface between driver and vehicle interior, UMTRI’s physical and virtual facilities get the job done. When existing materials will not do the job, researchers and support staff excel at fabrication and programming to create what is necessary to achieve reliable and consistent results. We operate a capable fixed-base driving simulator, a fleet of test vehicles fitted with advanced safety and data acquisition systems, and a sled lab for occupant restraint testing. In addition, UMTRI’s library houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of literature on traffic safety.In addition to the contract research conducted at UMTRI, we also provide for-fee services to interested parties who wish to evaluate child safety seat performance, test wheelchair and wheelchair tiedown/restraints, request crash data analysis, conduct publication searches and prepare reproductions, or request automotive test drive evaluations.

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota

Center for Transportation Studies

Director: Laurie McGinnis
ph. (612) 625-3019

Secondary Contact: Max Donath, Ph.D.
ph. (612) 625-2304

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Primary Research Goals: Transportation research at the University of Minnesota covers a wide spectrum from basic to applied research, drawing on the many transportation-related disciplines within the University. The Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) actively supports the formation of multidisciplinary research teams, working with over 30 departments and 150 faculty and researchers on over 125 research projects annually. Key research topics include:

  1. Transportation Infrastructure: materials, pavement performance, bridge design and maintenance, construction practices and contracting, deicing and corrosion.
  2. Transportation Planning and the Economy: land use, urban design, community and human issues, transportation modes, funding and finance, economic development, freight and logistics, public policy, the global economy.
  3. Environment and Energy in Transportation: air quality, alternative fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, stormwater management, and roadside vegetation management.
  4. Safety and Traffic Flow: intelligent transportation systems, traffic detection, traffic control, crash analysis, vision systems, in-vehicle communications, wireless communications, human factors, injury and crash prevention. Housed within CTS is the Roadway Safety Institute, the Region 5 University Transportation Center (UTC) funded through the MAP-21 federal transportation bill passed in 2012. The Institute focuses on traffic safety system approaches by researching design- and operation-related safety solutions that reduce fatalities and life-changing injuries across the nation, particularly for high-risk road users. In addition, the Institute addresses the following MAP-21 priorities to improve highway safety: rural road safety measures, human factor studies and measures, data collection and analysis, and safety policy studies.

Facilities: Several transportation-related research facilities are available at the University of Minnesota, including the Center for Distributed Robotics, the HumanFIRST Program, the Minnesota Traffic Observatory, the Multi-Axial Subassemblage Testing Laboratory, and the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory. The Center for Distributed Robotics is at the forefront of research in robotics, with expertise in both hardware design and algorithms. With nearly 100 robots of varying sizes, locomotion, computational and sensing capabilities, the lab has platforms for a variety of research and real-world applications. In addition, we work very closely with the Computer Vision Lab towards creating cutting-edge robotic applications that use sensors effectively. The HumanFIRST Program operates one of the most advanced driving environment simulation systems at any academic institution in the United States. This system is used to conduct research on human interaction with complex technical systems, specializing in the simulation of real-world environments to study driver control and behavior. The driving environment simulator operates with a 2002 Saturn SC2 full vehicle cab with realistic operation of controls and instrumentation including force feedback on the steering and realistic power assist feel for the brakes. The simulator provides high fidelity simulation for all sensory channels to generate a realistic presence within the simulated environment. The Minnesota Traffic Observatory (MTO) is a transportation laboratory focusing on the testing and evaluation of new transportation management and operational strategies and traveler information technologies. The MTO features a complete simulation and modeling center, equipped for any project from a single intersection to a metropolitan area. The Regional Transportation Management Center (RTMC), part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), supplies 16 switchable video feeds to the lab, which give researchers the ability to monitor any of the approximately 300 MnDOT cameras throughout the metropolitan freeway network. The MTO also hosts an archive of MnDOT’s freeway traffic data, which contains volume and density data from over 7000 imbedded pavement detectors throughout the Twin Cities. The Multi-Axial Subassemblage Testing (MAST) Laboratory, the largest of its kind in the world, provides a powerful tool for investigating the effects of earthquakes, hurricanes, and other extreme events on large structural components up to several stories tall. Its equipment enables evaluation of existing structures, investigation of the effects of retrofitting those systems, and evaluation of new systems and materials. The St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) overlooks historic St. Anthony Falls in the heart of the bustling downtown Minneapolis riverfront district. This unique location allows SAFL to divert Mississippi River water from the upper pool of the falls so that it flows through the building’s many experimental facilities, then rejoins the river’s main flow below the falls. SAFL is ideally suited to support a variety of innovative research and educational activities, including hydraulic structures, sediment transport, bridge scour, hydrokinetic energy production, and effects of turbulence on biogeochemical processes.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Mid-America Transportation Center

Director: Laurence Rilett, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (402) 472-1992

Secondary Contact: Laviania Thandayithabani, MBA
ph. (402) 472-0141

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Primary Research Goals:The Mid-America Transportation Center’s research goals are to identify and complete important research initiatives as guided by the US DOT’s strategic goals of enhancing safety and reducing risk on the multi-modal transportation system in the US as well as address the specific needs of Region 7 transportation stakeholders. The Center’s research programs incorporate the strengths and interests of the consortium members, and complement the goals of MATC’s educational, workforce development, technology transfer, and diversity programs. Our researchers produce results to be published in national and international transportation peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, presented at major national and international conferences, and adopted for use and practice in federal and state transportation entities, by peer institutions, and by the private sector. Our research will advance the state of knowledge in the Center’s thematic thrust area and have a positive impact on surface transportation in Region 7 and the nation as a whole. Additionally, MATC aims to have sponsored work continue to appear in all major transportation venues (e.g., journal papers, conference proceedings, and technology transfer workshops) and be held in high regard among peer institutions and the national transportation community. MATC strives to to increase the number of affiliated faculty members in leadership positions in leading transportation professional organizations, both nationally and internationally.

Facilities: University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s (UNL) Structural Laboratory, Nebraska Transportation Center’s (NTC) At-Grade Railway Test Bed, the Mobile Test Bed Facility, Mobile Driver Stress and Traffic Conditions Monitoring, the Peter Kiewit Institute Structural Laboratory, NTC’s Midwest Roadside Safety Facility, and NTC’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Laboratory. MATC also has access consortium member’s facilities such as the Accelerated Pavement Testing Facility at Kansas State University, the Structural Laboratory at Iowa State University, the National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) at the University of Iowa, the Traffic Safety Laboratory at Kansas University, the Intelligent Systems Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and the TransLab at Missouri University.

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Nevada University Transportation Center

Director: Pushkin Kachroo
ph. (702) 895-4926

Secondary Contact: Donald Hayes
ph. (702) 895-1338

Primary Research Goals: Perform research to advance expertise and application of technology in traffic operations and management in rapidly growing urban areas. Assist national, state, and local transportation agencies in meeting their needs to provide safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation systems. Educate and train leaders and professionals to be prepared to meet the region and nation’s need for safe, efficient, sustainable transportation systems. Seek collaborative research efforts with institutions and organizations with similar goals. Provide extension and outreach services to public and private sector organizations.

Facilities: The NUTC at UNLV is currently housed in the Science and Engineering Building (SEB) and the Thomas Beam Engineering Building (TBE) located on the UNLV Main Campus. We currently have a driving simulator lab housing the APEX sc830 full motion simulator from SimCraft, and a computer lab holding up to 24 students. The labs have various instrumentation for measurement and reporting of ultra-fine particles, and various computer software.

University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno

SOLARIS (Safety and Operations of Large-Area Rural/Urban Intermodal Systems) Institute

Director: Zong Tian, Ph.D.
ph. (775) 784-1232

Secondary Contact: Erika Marquez
ph. (775) 784-6529

Primary Research Goals: SOLARIS strives to conduct applied research to produce methodologies and tools, which can be readily implemented to tackle long-standing and emerging transportation issues. Our three main research areas are:

  1. Traffic Safety Data Management and Crash Mitigation
  2. Technologies for Safe Traffic Operations and Management
  3. Sustainable and Safe Transportation Infrastructure

We promote intermodal transportation systems for efficient, safe, and economical movement of goods and people. Additionally, the tri-states have abundant solar and other renewable energy resources, which could potentially be used as alternative energy sources for the transportation industry.

Facilities: The SOLARIS Institute consists of a consortium of five outstanding research and higher educational institutions located in the desert southwest that are uniquely qualified to address regional and national transportation safety issues. It includes the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of New Mexico, Arizona State University, Desert Research Institute and the University of Nevada, Reno. SOLARIS is housed under the Center for Advanced Transportation Education and Research (CATER) at the University of Nevada, Reno.

University of New Orleans

University of New Orleans

Merritt C. Becker, Jr., University of New Orleans Transportation Institute

Director: Bethany Stich, Ph.D.
ph. (504) 280-6520

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Primary Research Goals: The Merritt. C. Becker, Jr., University of New Orleans Transportation Institute incorporates applied and scholarly research with education and outreach initiatives to support advancement in both passenger and freight transportation systems. The Institute promotes Technology transfer through strategic partnerships with the public and private sectors to advance innovative policies and practices for the users and providers of transportation. Faculty and staff associated with the Institute are recognized for their expertise in: Transportation Policy for Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency, and Disaster Recovery; Evacuation Planning for Carless and Vulnerable Populations; Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning; Transit-Oriented Development; Megaregion Research and Development; Maritime and Port Planning; Globalization Planning and Development;Public Transit Planning, Project Financing and Implementation Strategies; Freight-based Economic Development.

Facilities: The University of New Orleans has a large number of facilities and resources directly related to maritime and intermodal transportation. The university also has access to additional local facilities and resources at other educational institutions as well as through partnerships with private companies in the transportation industry. The Institute, which is housed in the College of Liberal Arts, is comprised of faculty and staff offices, classrooms, a comprehensive intermodal transportation research library and a modeling and computer lab designed to use the latest advances in GIS technology, including digital mapping, topographic charting, satellite imagery,aerial photographs, and other forms of spatially related data.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Center for Transportation Policy Studies

Director: Edd Hauser, Ph.D.
ph. (704) 687-5953

Secondary Contact: Hazel Sarmiento
ph. (704) 687-5952

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Primary Research Goals: The Center for Transportation Policy Studies is dedicated to the transportation-related issues and policy for programs nationwide, with emphasis on the 1.5 million people who live in the greater Charlotte area. The overall goal is to provide resources to assist transportation policy-makers in the 15 counties in the NC/ SC region. Specific objectives are: Address issues that are relevant and timely in order for research objectives to influence informed relevant programs. Conduct high quality, multidisciplinary research that is both scholarly and practical. Prepare output of research products that affect future transportation investments and development patterns. Disseminate completed research to professionals, students, practitioners, and policy makers. Facilitate collaboration among researchers in various disciplines. Form partnerships among the university, local and state governments as well as the business community.

University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

Southern Plains Transportation Center

Director: Musharraf Zaman, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (405) 325-4682

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Primary Research Goals: With an inclusive and sharing to gain culture, the University of Oklahoma leads the Southern Plains Transportation Center (SPTC) to bring the most talented and experienced faculty, researchers and students together to address the impact of climate extremes and severe weather on our transportation infrastructure and safety of users. Climate adaptive transportation and freight infrastructure is the primary focus of our research, education, and workforce goals. In the United States, severe weather – including tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms, flash floods, hail storms, and high intensity wind events – not only results in hundreds of fatalities each year, but also cause the greatest economic and societal disruption. To develop severe weather-resilient transportation infrastructure, a designer must include the effect of day-to-day as well as long term weather variability in estimating design forces, selecting structure type, materials and construction methods, and devising maintenance and preservation measures. Region 6 states serve as a laboratory for understanding and solving these pressing and complex problems. As the USDOT Region 6 UTC, the SPTC is developing innovative, cost-effective and imminently implementable solutions, while preparing transportation professionals for leadership roles in technical and research careers. The education and outreach components of SPTC are focused on developing innovative programs with a strong diversity-building component that encourages K-12 students, college students or adult learners to become transportation professionals. Developing creative professional programs for training transportation professionals to work and lead in a diverse workforce is important to SPTC.

Facilities: For more than 50 years, OU and its Norman-based partners at NOAA have been international leaders in research, technology development, and forecasting applications for severe weather and extreme climate events. Today’s high-quality and timely severe weather forecasts result, in part, from pioneering successes of the Norman weather community, including: (i) Application of Doppler and phased-array radar to weather phenomena; (ii) Creation of thunderstorm-scale supercomputer-based weather prediction; (iii) Understanding of the atmosphere’s fundamentals; and (iv) Maturation of warning decision technologies. OU is the home of the renowned National Weather Center (NWC). It is also home to the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP), the Oklahoma Mesonet, the Oklahoma Climatological Survey (OCS), NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed, National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL), Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC), Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms (CAPS), Center for Risk and Crisis Management, and the recently formed South Central Climate Science Center (SC-CSC) – one of eight regional centers in the country. Both regional centers (SPTC and SC-CSC) have consortium members, partners, and stakeholders in all states in Region 6, including some SPTC consortium members (OU, Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University (TTU), and University of Arkansas). The SPTC members have considerable history and resources to address weather related issues, e.g., TTU’s long history in wind research through its internationally renowned Wind Science and Engineering (WISE) Research Center. OU ITS Lab has developed and implemented innovative technologies to enhance safety on our roads and increase productivity of law enforcement agencies. Examples include Statewide Analysis for Engineering and Technology (SAFE-T), Traffic and Criminal Software (TraCS), and Police Automated Records Information System (PARIS)

University of Oregon

University of Oregon

Sustainable Cities Initiative

Director: Marc Schlossberg
ph. (541) 346-2046

Secondary Contact: Nico Larco
ph. (503) 412-3732

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Description: The Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) is an applied think-tank focusing on sustainability in cities. We work across disciplines inside and out of academia to re-define the delivery of higher education, conduct applied and policy-relevant research, and serve the public in the design and development of sustainable, resilient, and livable cities. Our work is consistently applied, multi-disciplinary, and sustainability focused, matching the complexity of cities with the disciplinary expertise to match. We focus on everything in cities, from sustainable architecture to transportation to engaging marginalized communities to impacting the larger, relevant policy frameworks at the local and state levels.

University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh

Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure

Director: Mark J. Magalotti, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (412) 624-8618

Secondary Contact: Radisav D. Vidic, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (412) 624-9879

Primary Research Goals: The Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure’s (CSTI) vision is to advance the state of sustainable transportation research through collaborative, multi-disciplinary efforts, education, and dissemination of new technologies and knowledge. The path of the Center’s success is centered on achieving established goals and objectives both in the short-term and long-term, and the partners and support needed to realize the vision. CSTI was created in August 2007. In total, we have secured over $5.5 million in external funding. In 2013 we completed 6 projects totaling over $954,000 in research funds. In 2013 CSTI sponsored the Transportation Forum at the University of Pittsburgh on March 27 Th. CSTI, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), held this one-day forum to explore advanced learning on the performance measures of transportation systems. In 2013 CSTI continued participation in Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council. Mark Magalotti, Co-Director, serves on the council representing CSTI. Faculty members also serve on the technical advisory groups for design, ITS, safety, materials, technology and maintenance.

University of South Florida

University of South Florida

Center for Urban Transportation Research

Director: Dennis Hinebaugh
ph. (813) 974-9797

Secondary Contact: Joel Volinski
ph. (813) 974-9847

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Primary Research Goals: Research is conducted in the areas of safety, management, increasing ridership and revenue, location aware software,bus rapid transit, and other subjects of interest to operating transit agencies. In addition, NCTR also researches issues associated with transportation demand management such as ridesharing, carpooling, telecommuting, and pedestrian and bicycle subjects. In addition to research, NCTR engages in extensive training of transit and commuter assistance professionals and manages communication forums that have over 10,000 subscribers. NCTR also hosts a bi-annual conference on Geographic Information Systems in Transit and publishes the only academic peer reviewed professional journal focused on public transit issues.

Facilities: The National Center for Transit Research is part of the Center for Urban Transportation Research at USF which operates from a dedicated facility with 20,000 square feet, offices for 45 faculty, 20 students, and12 administrative staff. There are classrooms, meeting rooms, and a GIS laboratory.

University of Southern California

University of Southern California

METRANS Transportation Center

Director: Genevieve Giuliano, Ph.D., University of Southern California
ph. (213) 740-3956

Secondary Contact: Thomas O’Brien, Ph.D., California State University, Long Beach
ph. (562) 985-2875

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Primary Research Goals: METRANS’ mission is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach. The METRANS Transportation Center has three primary objectives: foster independent, high quality research to solve the nation’s transportation problems; train the next generation workforce; and disseminate information, best practices, and technology to the professional community. We accomplish these objectives through a comprehensive and collaborative program of research, education, and technology transfer organized around three topical focus areas: integrated management of freight and passenger systems; sustainable and efficient urban freight transportation, and mobility of urban populations.

University of Tennessee, The

University of Tennessee, The

Center for Transportation Research

Director: David B. Clarke, P.E.
ph. (865) 974-1812

Secondary Contact: Stephen H. Richards
ph. (865) 974-0724

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Primary Research Goals: As an interdisciplinary research center and lead institute for the US DOT Region 4 UTC, the University of Tennessee’s Center for Transportation Research (CTR) brings together experts in many fields—engineering; urban and regional planning; logistics and supply chain management; economics; geography; and education. Center researchers address technical and policy-related issues through sponsored research in highway transportation safety, railway and inland waterway systems, transportation economics, goods movement, transportation planning, traffic demand modeling, and STEM education.Everyone—the region, state, and nation—benefits from CTR’s program of research with its overarching theme of comprehensive transportation safety. Research results inform initiatives in education, technology transfer, workforce development, training, and community outreach. Our work touches the lives of many by improving safety on our highways; influencing and informing transportation policy; educating drivers on safe practices; advising on regional economic impacts; promoting environmentally sound and sustainable alternatives to move freight; improving personnel safety in roadway work zones; and improving transportation infrastructure.

Facilities: The state-of-the-art UT Driving Simulator Laboratory is a fully integrated, immersive, high fidelity driving simulation system designed for use in ground vehicle research and training applications. It is an integral component of a study to determine how mild cognitive impairment affects drivers. CTR’s Traffic Signal Laboratory is a fully functioning closed-loop traffic control system. It includes a NEMA TS-1 and a NEMA TS-2 cabinet, high performance loop based detection as well as video detection and multi-mode fiber and spread-spectrum wireless communication. The laboratory demonstrates the complexities involved in setting up and maintaining traffic signal cabinets, detection and communication systems.The University of Tennessee just completed the state-of-the-art, five-story, 110,000 square foot John D. Tickle Engineering Building, which houses the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

University of Texas at Austin, The

University of Texas at Austin, The

Center for Transportation Research

Director: Chandra R. Bhat, P.E., Ph.D.
ph. (512) 471-4535

Secondary Contact: C. Michael Walton, Ph.D.
ph. (512) 471-1414

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Primary Research Goals: (1) To serve the public through transportation research, and the linking of research with practice, to promote a safer, happier, and healthier society. (2) To contribute to the development of the transportation work force through research-based and experiential learning. (3) To promote transformative developments in the field of transportation engineering and planning through an integrated systems approach that embraces technology advancements and proactive policy developments. (4) At a fundamental knowledge creation level, the Center will integrate the engineering focus underlying the design of transportation infrastructure systems with a broader social, economic, and behavioral science perspective that frames the needs of individuals and society as a whole to inform the development and management of resilient, life-cycle design-oriented, quality of life-enhancing transformative intelligent transportation systems.The Center has many initiatives to meet the goals, including seeking out international collaborations and building the bridges for proposals funded by Science and Technology offices of the U.S. and other countries, fostering multi-disciplinary and multi-modal research through Lunch N Learn sessions to foster cross-pollination of ideas among researchers from different disciplines, and organizing symposiums and the Texas Distinguished Lecture series in Transportation.

Facilities: In addition to the vast resources and expertise of the CTR Library, our faculty and staff researchers and students utilize the research facilities of UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering and affiliated research centers, including Ferguson Structural Engineering Laboratory, the International Center for Aggregates Research, the Center for Electromechanics, the Construction Industry Institute, the Construction Materials Research Group, and the Center for Research in Water Resources.

University of Texas at El Paso, The

University of Texas at El Paso, The

Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems

Director: Soheil Nazarian, Ph.D.
ph. (915) 747-6911

Secondary Contact: Imad Abdallah
ph. (915) 747-907

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Facilities: The laboratory facilities available to the CTIS researchers are comprehensive and modern. CTIS is equipped with a modern soil and pavement materials research test facility for conducting the most advanced dynamic and static laboratory tests, on soils, asphalt, asphalt concrete and Portland cement concrete. CTIS, in partnership with Geophysics colleagues, has developed the Laboratory for Engineering and Environmental Geophysics (LEEG). LEEG is equipped with most devices used in modern geophysical engineering (e.g., ground penetrating radar, resistivity, conductivity, and variety of seismic testing equipment).

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS)

Director: Constantine Tarawneh, Ph.D.
ph. (956) 665-2607

Secondary Contact: Robert A. Freeman, Ph.D.
ph. (956) 665-2381

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Primary Research Goals:The research conducted at UTRGV focuses on dynamic and thermal analyses of suspension components of freight railcars in an effort to provide comprehensive condition monitoring systems. Projects undertaken involve one or more of the following: bearing and wheel condition monitoring, vibration and thermal analyses of rolling stock, thermal and structural finite element analysis (FEA) of rolling stock components, polymer research, innovative onboard condition monitoring sensor technologies, energy harvesting devices, tribology studies, development of auxiliary hydraulic
suspension systems, improved railcar steering and suspension systems, rolling stock component material characterization, service life testing of railroad bearings, effects of steel cleanliness and rolling contact fatigue (RCF) on railroad bearing component life.

The overall goal of the research performed at UTRGV is to assist in the development and enhancement of products, devices, and systems that will improve the safe passage of freight railcars across the United States. The objectives and initiatives of the Railroad Research Group at UTRGV are driven by freight-railroad industry demands and needs.

The UTRGV Railroad Research Group is also focused on enhancing student education and training through engagement in a variety of center activities including STEM summer camps, research experiences, and community outreach projects. The opportunity to contribute to the research of new technologies with practical value attracts students and faculty to join this research group. The training of a sophisticated workforce which is thoroughly grounded in the specific demands of rail service will have a long term effect on system safety through improved safety assessments, counter-measures, and decision-making tools.

Facilities: (1) The UTRGV Railroad Research laboratory facilities currently include: (a) two railroad bearing testing laboratories (~1655 sq. ft. in total area) which house a total of four test rigs capable of testing all AAR bearing classes, and (b) an environmental chamber in which the ambient temperature can be controlled from -35°F to 150°F. (2) The Mechanical Testing of Materials and Components Laboratory at UTRGV is equipped with: (a) an MTS 810 servo-hydraulic dynamic tester with a load capacity of 22,000 lb, (b) an Instron table-mounted materials testing system,
(c) a Sintech 65G electromechanical frame with a capacity of 65,000 lb, and (d) a large four post hydraulic press with a 600,000 lb capacity.

University of Utah, The

University of Utah, The

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department/Mountain Plains Consortium

Director: Richard J. (R.J.) Porter, P.E., Ph.D.
ph. (801) 585-1290

Secondary Contact: Chris Pantelides, P.E., Ph.D.
ph. (801) 585-3991

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Primary Research Goals: The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Utah is a member of the Mountain Plains Consortium,a regional UTC for Region 8 (http://www.mountain-plains.org/). The department currently has 15 faculty members that have conducted or are conducting transportation related research, education, and technology transfer through the Mountain Plains Consortium. There are eight faculty members very heavily involved in transportation research, education, and technology transfer,and who are the key researchers in the Mountain Plains Consortium: Dr. Steven Bartlett, Associate Professor (Geotechnical); Dr. Amanda Bordelon, Assistant Professor (Pavements and Materials); Dr. Daniel Fagnant, Assistant Professor (Connected and Autonomous Vehicles); Dr. Cathy Liu, Assistant Professor (Transportation Planning and Operations); Dr. Chris Pantelides, Professor (Structures); Dr. R.J. Porter, Assistant Professor (Transportation Design and Safety); Dr. Pedro Romero, Associate Professor (Pavements and Materials); and Dr. Milan Zlatkovic, Research Assistant Professor (Traffic and Transit Operations). Detailed faculty profiles are available at http://www.civil.utah.edu/faculty

Facilities:

Utah Traffic Lab (http://www.trafficlab.utah.edu/)

University of Utah Structures Laboratory (http://www.civil.utah.edu/structures)

Bituminous Materials Laboratory at the University of Utah

Concrete Laboratory at the University of Utah

Geotechnical Laboratory at the University of Utah

University of Virginia

University of Virginia

Center for Transportation Studies

Director: Brian L. Smith, Ph.D.
ph. (434) 243-8585

Secondary Contact: Emily Parkany, Ph.D.
ph. (434) 982-2695

Primary Research Goals: The University of Virginia Center for Transportation Studies supports high-quality innovative research that leads to application. We count the Virginia Department of Transportation’s research arm, the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR), as a major partner that supports our research and outreach programs as well as providing specific support for new faculty and our university transportation centers. Our Center is supported by five full time staff, seven part-time staff, ten faculty, and over twenty graduate students. Our faculty and researchers include transportation engineers ,concentrating in traffic and operations, infrastructure engineers studying bridges and geotechnical facilities, water resources engineers and transportation planners. We are filling a new faculty position in sustainable transportation in Spring 2015. We have been active participants in the Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure University Transportation Center and the Mid-Atlantic University Transportation Center. Now we are leading the newly established regional UTC: Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center (MATS UTC) with the environmental sustainability sub-themes of Sustainable Freight Movement, Coastal Infrastructure Resiliency, Energy Efficient Urban Transportation, Enhanced Water Quality Management, and Sustainable Land-Use Practices (please see www.matsutc.org). Our Transportation Training Academy, Virginia’s Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP), offers 130 full-day or longer courses a year to over 3500 transportation practitioners. Other major programs in our Center include the administration of FHWA’s Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study and the Transportation Project Management Institute (a two-week program held each May). More about our Center and its research and programs can be found on our newly updated web site: http://www.cts.virginia.edu/.

Facilities: Our Center is home to the Smart Travel Lab, a joint effort of UVA CTS and VDOT. Other labs include our Mobile Laboratory for Rapid Evaluation of Transportation Infrastructure and the Resilient and Advanced Infrastructure Laboratory (RAIL). We are currently affiliated with three university transportation centers: Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability UTC, Mid-Atlantic UTC, and Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure UTC. We administer the Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study and Virginia’s LTAP.

University of Washington

University of Washington

Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans)

Director: Yinhai Wang, Ph.D.
ph. (206) 616-2696

Secondary Contact: Meghan MacKrell
ph. (206) 685-6648

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Primary Research Goals: The goal of PacTrans is to create a collaborative platform for consortium universities and transportation agencies in Region 10 to work together. Its research activities both meet the needs of the Region and align with the five strategic directions of the Secretary of Transportation: safety, state of good repair, livable communities, environmental sustainability, and economic competitiveness. This initiative has been well received by the participating universities and transportation agencies in this region. The UW serves as the lead institution and works in close coordination with the other four consortium universities: Oregon State University (OSU), Washington State University (WSU), University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF), and University of Idaho (UI). The Pacific Northwest is a region known for its sustainability, deployment of advanced technologies, collection and proactive use of the data derived from those technologies, and continuing population and employment growth. Hence, PacTrans research focuses on using advanced technologies to develop data-driven, sustainable solutions for the diverse transportation needs of the Pacific Northwest.The current PacTrans project portfolio is composed of projects of small, medium, and large scopes. The small projects are designed to help foster pilot projects within each consortium university. The medium and large sized projects are designed to include two or more partner institutions to jointly address critical transportation issues of regional importance. Details of these projects can be found at http://depts.washington.edu/pactrans/research/.

Facilities: The PacTrans consortium has many state-of-the-art facilities to conduct research in Environmental Sustainability as well as the other four strategic directions of the USDOT. PacTrans has extensive structural, seismic, materials, and environmental labs to study the interaction of roadway infrastructure and the surrounding environment. Our consortium has four driving simulators (UW, OSU, UI, and WSU), one bicycle simulator (OSU), and one instrumented vehicle (UW) for work on safety and road user behavior. There are also two traffic labs (UW and UI) with state-of-the-art data collection tools and traffic control equipment to examine issues with traffic operations. Premier labs within our partnership are briefly described below.The UW includes three research labs that provide hands-on experience for undergraduate and graduate students. Smart Transportation Applications and Research Laboratory (STAR Lab) serves as the remote training center and data management center for Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). It has five powerful server computers to host some of the most sought after data on traffic management and operations, and provides hands-on training instruments and software applications for students. Human Factors and Statistical Modeling Laboratory conducts basic and applied research in driver behavior, driver safety, and crash risks and includes a driving simulator and instrumented vehicle. The Urban Form Lab (UFL) has conducted research on land use and non-motorized travel behavior since 1994. With grant support from a variety of sources, the UFL is currently investigating the combined influences of the transportation network and the built environment on the level of active travel using objective travel behavior data.

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison

National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education

Director: Teresa M. Adams, Ph.D.
ph. (608) 263-3175

Secondary Contact: Gregory E. Waidley
ph. (608) 262-2013

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Primary Research Goals: The theme of the CFIRE consortium is Making Multi-modal Freight Systems Work for Economic Recovery and Quality of Life. CFIRE researchers are national leaders in freight planning and policy for truck, rail, waterway, and intermodal freight transportation and draw expertise from a wide array of fields: civil and transportation engineering, urban and regional planning, economics, public policy, sociology, business, and geographic information systems. CFIRE research focuses on freight transportation planning, economic competitiveness, OSOW transport, transportation asset management, developing survey instruments, interviewing, agency coordination, data modeling, geospatial analysis, policy analysis, statistical analysis, and data analysis.

Facilities: CFIRE’s research, education, and outreach efforts advance technology, knowledge, and expertise in the planning, design, construction, and operation of sustainable freight transportation infrastructure and systems. CFIRE also coordinates the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC), a consortium of ten states that cooperate on planning, operating, preserving, and improving of freight transportation infrastructure and networks in the Midwest. CFIRE also administers the Transportation Management and Policy (TMP) program, an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program that integrates the study of the environment, transportation and land use planning, engineering, economics, freight mobility, multi-modal systems, spatial analysis, and decision making with the study of political, legal, environmental, and social factors that shape transportation management. A new effort affiliated with CFIRE is the Midwest Transportation Workforce Center (MTWC), which is a regional surface transportation workforce center funded by the US Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.

University of Wisconsin-Superior

University of Wisconsin-Superior

Transportation and Logistics Research Center

Director: Richard D. Stewart, Ph.D.
ph. (715) 394-8547

Secondary Contact: Mei Cao, Ph.D.
ph. (715) 394-8281

Primary Research Goals: The mission of the TLRC is to provide applied transportation, and logistics research, education, and advisory services that advance the economy of the region. Primary transportation research focus areas include: marine, rail, pipeline, trucking, Intermodal, air, terminal management, transportation planning and policy The TLRC is a consortium member of Center for Freight Infrastructure, Research and Education, (CFIRE) and of the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute.

Facilities: The UW-Superior Transportation and Logistics Research Center has three full time Ph.D. faculty a program administrator and two research assoiciates. The center has seven offices, an inteactive conference room and a computer laboratory.

Utah State University

Utah State University

Utah Transportation Center

Director: Paul C. Barr, Ph.D.
ph. (435) 797-8249

Primary Research Goals: The center has conducted research in Structural Engineering, Non Destructive Testing, Bridge Monitoring, Transportation Engineering, Transportation Ecology, Transportation Economics, and Asset Management.

Facilities: SMASH Lab (Structural Analysis Lab), TIMELab (Transportation Operations Lab), Utah Water Research Laboratory

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt Center for Transportation Research (VECTOR)

Director: Robert Stammer
ph. (615) 343-3436

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Director: Tom Dingus, Ph.D.
ph. (540) 231-1500

Secondary Contact: Leslie Harwood
ph. (540) 231-9530

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Primary Research Goals: The mission statement of the Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure University Transportation Center (CVI-UTC) is to conduct research that will advance surface transportation through the application of innovative research and using connected-vehicle and infrastructure technologies to improve safety, state of good repair, economic competitiveness, livable communities, and environmental sustainability. The goals of the CVI-UTC are:

  • Increased understanding and awareness of transportation issues
  • Improved body of knowledge
  • Improved processes, techniques and skills in addressing transportation issues
  • Enlarged pool of trained transportation professionals
  • Greater adoption of new technology

Facilities: Smart Road, Northern Virginia Test Bed in Merrifield, VA, National Transportation Center at Morgan State, Center for Transportation Studies at UVA, VTTI laboratories and data processing centers.

Washington State University

Washington State University

Freight Policy Transportation Institute

Director: Ken L. Casavant
ph. (509) 335-1608

Secondary Contact: Jeremy Sage, Ph.D.
ph. (509) 335-4358

Primary Research Goals: Improve understanding of the importance of efficient and effective freight transportation to both the regional and national economy. Address the need for improved intermodal freight transportation, as well as policies and actions that can be implemented to lower operating costs, increase safety and lower environmental impacts of freight transportation nationwide. Improve freight transportation performance to specific industries and sectors of the economy.

Facilities: The Freight Policy Transportation Institute is part of the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University and has all the benefits of being part of a large research university.

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University

Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities

Director: Jun-Seok Oh
ph. (269) 276-3216

Secondary Contact: Valerian Kwigizile
ph. (269) 276-3218

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Primary Research Goals: 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. The central mission of this Center is to engage in esearch that helps to achieve more balanced, affordable and environmental sustainable transportation systems for all. Such systems will foster the development of livable communities where people can enjoy their daily lives without having to drive a car. In particular, the Center will concentrate on “bringing technological advances into livable communities” by coordinating efforts between researchers, practitioners and advocates. Toward this end,the TRCLC aims to achieve three objectives: 1) improve public transit systems and alternative transportation modes; 2) provide better and safer pedestrian and bicycle networks; and 3) enhance transportation accessibility for people with disabilities, older adults, and lower income populations.

Facilities: Intelligent Transportation Lab – Traffic and pedestrian signal system, traffic sensors, simulation models Sustainable Transportation Lab – Driving simulator, Traffic database system Telecommunication Lab – Routers, Access point, Embedded Development Board, RFID kis, IMU, MOTO-MESH