Eight transportation research programs, one integrated team addressing RURAL MATTERS
We use laboratories to support our research efforts.
Finding sustainable solutions for improving rural highway safety and operations in key areas including human factors in crashes on rural highways, road safety culture and integration of rural ITS.
Providing national leadership in understanding the interaction between roads, natural resources and the ecological environment. The solutions we develop and implement address concerns of road ecology including wildlife migration near highways and animal-vehicle collisions.
Improving the design and maintenance of rural highway infrastructure. Rural transportation agencies need new solutions to increase infrastructure longevity and to ensure that new designs are adequate to meet increasing demands.
Advancing rural transportation with its research on integrating hardware, software and communication systems into rural transportation systems. We analyze, engineer and develop solutions by utilizing numerous technologies such as Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
Providing a comprehensive approach to the issues facing rural transit agencies. We focus on offering research, outreach and education/training for concerns such as rural public transportation and rural mobility. We also facilitate rural transportation coordination among stakeholders.
With a comprehensive approach to researching economics and rural transportation, the Logistics and Freight Management program solves the problems of timely and cost-effective management of freight, inventory and transportation assets.
Our Transportation Planning and Economics program assists implementers and policy makers in the creation of more sustainable rural transportation systems by researching the impacts of and relationships between transportation, land use, planning and policy and economies.