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Research Helps City Improve Crash-Prone Bike Lane

Dozens of cyclists have crashed on a slice of railroad tracks in Knoxville, Tennessee. Researchers at the Southeastern Transportation Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), developed a cost-effective solution.

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Transport & Health, Professor Chris Cherry, with Ziwen Ling and Nirbesh Dhakal, found that most of these accidents occur when cyclists cross railroad tracks at an angle that causes a bike tire to become...

Research Helps Local Agencies Predict Accidents to Make Rural Highways Safer

New data collection methods and computing techniques are powerful tools for improving the safety of the nation’s roads. Researchers and road agencies use those tools to predict accidents so they can focus efforts on designing highways and making improvements that minimize crashes.

Researchers at the University of Wyoming, a member of the Region 8 Mountain-Plains Consortium led by North Dakota State University, have developed procedures that allow those general tools to be calibrated...

Surtrac for the People: Upgrading the Surtrac Pittsburgh Deployment to Incorporate Pedestrian Friendly Extensions and Remote Monitoring Advances

With research funding from the Traffic21 Institute’s Mobility21 University Transportation Center Program, Dr. Stephen Smith, Director of the Intelligent Coordination and Logistics Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, developed the Scalable Urban Traffic Control (Surtrac), the world’s first decentralized smart adaptive traffic signal system. This system significantly improves traffic throughput, trip delays and pollution along congested roads controlled by traffic lights.  The...

Q&As about Notice of Funding Opportunity for Two National UTCs

Documentation of Federal Funds under 23 U.S.C. § 504(b) and 505 as Matching Funds  (11/28/2018)

Question:  Per the guidelines, Federal funds under 23 USC § 504(b) or 505 may be used as match.   I reviewed all of our awards that flow down from the Federal Highway Administration but nowhere could I find references to 23 USC or “local technical assistance and state planning and research programs”.  All of the awards fall under the CFDA 20.205...

MATC Helps Prepare the Next Generation of Native American Leaders in Transportation

In support of the United States Department of Transportation’s mission to recruit, educate, and train workers from underrepresented groups, the Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC), located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been working to close the gap for underrepresented groups since the center’s inception. MATC addresses the specific needs of Native American students through the implementation of three educational outreach activities: the Scholars Program, the Sovereign...

Managing Cyber Risks & Business Exposure in the Surface Transportation Ecosystem

 Transportation technology has progressed by leaps and bounds in the past few years and more and more of the physical elements of surface transportation systems are now controlled via Internet connections. But with legitimate remote access comes malicious attempts to gain illegitimate control through cybersecurity breaches. If these attempts are successful, then whole transportation systems have the potential to be compromised.

A recent project by the Mineta Transportation...

Transportation in a Liquefied Natural Gas Rich World

The University of New Orleans (UNOTI) is conducting several
phases of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) research concerning
the US shale revolution and its effect on the energy sector
and various transportation systems. UNOTI initially assisted
the Port of New Orleans with LNG bunkering research. Phase
II continued with LNG energy policy and export analysis.
Phase III is currently analyzing: (1) challenges to US LNG
exportation, (2) value added alternative LNG uses such as
...

Vulnerable Road User Mobility Assistance Platform

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and North Carolina A&T State  University (NC A&T) are collaborating on an innovative project sponsored by the Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility (CATM) Tier 1 UTC. The goal of the Vulnerable Road User Mobility Assistance Platform (VRU-MAP) project is to improve the safety and efficiency of mobility for people with disabilities who walk and use transit in urban and suburban environments. We are...

Context-Specific Modeling Supports Strategic, Multimodal Investments

In recent decades, cities have become increasingly motivated to invest in infrastructure that supports multimodal options like walking, biking and public transit. Trip generation, the first step in conventional four-step forecasting models, is a central figure in determining how those investments are made.

However, when considering pedestrian and bicycling travel, the current practice is usually to either leave those trips out of the model altogether, or to simply present them as a...