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Fish Passage Research Highlighted at National and International Forums

Posted on June 26th, 2017

WTI Research Scientist Matt Blank has been on the road this spring, presenting findings of fish passage research at several leading conferences. Along with his colleagues from the MSU Ecohydraulics Research Group and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, he was invited to speak at both the Annual Meeting of the Western Division of the American Fisheries in May, and at the International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage in June. Topics for these presentations included: · A Baseline Swimming Assessment for Arctic Grayling: Characterizing the Volitional Swimming Performance of Arctic Grayling to Inform Passage Studies · Arctic Grayling and Denil Fishways: A Study to Determine How Water Depth Affects Passage Success of Arctic Grayling through Denil Fishways · Swimming Performance of Sauger in Relation to Fish Passage The research team conducts studies at MSU, at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center, and in the field. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News

Learn about the ITE Vision Zero Virtual Toolbox

Posted on May 22nd, 2017

The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) are co-hosting a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar about ITE's new Vision Zero Toolbox. The toolbox showcases best practices, analytical techniques, policy guidance, and communication and educational tools for Vision Zero (the goal of zero traffic fatalities among all road users) to make them easily accessible to practitioners. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Training Event

Road Ecology researcher, Rob Ament invited to India.

Posted on May 22nd, 2017

Rob Ament has just returned from a week long meeting in India hosted by the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP). India currently faces numerous wildlife protection challenges; for example, protected areas are often too small to support viable populations of wide-ranging species, such as elephants and tigers, especially if highways and other development severs habitat connectivity between protected areas.  Rob was invited by the Landscape Connectivity in India Working Group to give a presentation and provide his expertise for the workshop, during which participants developed strategies to address the impact of transportation systems on ecological connectivity surrounding various protected areas in the region. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Outreach, Tech Transfer

New Publication: “Effectiveness of Liquid Agricultural By-products and Solid Complex Chlorides for Snow and Ice Control,”

Posted on May 18th, 2017

The Journal of Cold Regions Engineering has published “Effectiveness of Liquid Agricultural By-products and Solid Complex Chlorides for Snow and Ice Control,” authored by Anbu Muthumani and Xianming Shi. The article summarizes their work to conduct a laboratory investigation of the thermal properties, ice melting behavior, and corrosivity of agro-based deicers, in order to compare their effectiveness to traditional deicers. Muthumani, Anburaj and Shi, Xianming (2017). View Full News Post »

Posted in: Publication

WTI transit project spotlight in Rural Connections Magazine

Posted on May 15th, 2017

A WTI project on developing viable transit options in Wyoming is the subject of a feature article in the Spring 2017 issue of Rural Connections Magazine. David Kack, Jaydeep Chaudhari, and Taylor Lonsdale authored “Exploring Transit Feasibility in Park County, Wyoming,” which highlighted their collaboration with the Powell Economic Partnership, Inc. and the Forward Cody, Inc. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News

Center for Health and Safety Culture announces webinar on Positive Culture Framework.

Posted on May 15th, 2017

 The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) will host a webinar entitled “What is the Positive Culture Framework?” which will introduce the Center’s approach to improving health and safety at the community level.  This framework builds on the shared values, beliefs, and attitudes that already exist in a culture to promote health and safety, and uses a process that can be adapted to address any public health or safety issue. Presenter Katie Dively will share examples of how PCF has been applied in areas such as traffic safety, substance abuse, and violence prevention. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Training Event

CESTICC Announces Summer Workshop

Posted on May 1st, 2017

The Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC) will hold its annual Summer Workshop on Thursday, August 10 in Pullman, Washington at Washington State University. The workshop will provide an opportunity for exchange on each of CESTiCC's research thrusts and will feature a student poster competition and lectern sessions on a variety of topics related to environmentally sustainable transportation issues and research. If you would like to submit an abstract for presentation or a poster title, please follow the instructions on the event's flyer. View Full News Post »

Connected Vehicles Presentation Featured at Statewide Traffic Education Conference

Posted on May 1st, 2017

Craig Shankwitz spoke to the Montana Traffic Educators Association conference in Great Falls, Montana last week, delivering a presentation on emerging vehicle technologies.  In his remarks, he stated that the connected vehicle technologies are more likely to be widely deployed before autonomous (or driverless) vehicles. Connected vehicles communicate to other vehicles or to roadside infrastructure, which enables important updates and alerts about safety, traffic, or road conditions that can be sent directly to one’s car. View Full News Post »

Bozeman Commuter Challenge starts today!

Posted on May 1st, 2017

Got your bike, walking shoes, or bus schedule ready? May 1 is the first day of the Bozeman Commuter Challenge. Special thanks to the Montana State University News Service for highlighting the event last week in a story on the MSU website.  WTI will use Bike Walk Montana's Commuter Challenge website to keep track of miles and compete both statewide and locally. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Event, News

Rob Ament Invited to Gabon by World Bank to speak on wildlife connectivity.

Posted on April 26th, 2017

Road Ecology Program Manager Rob Ament just returned from a week in the West African nation of Gabon. The World Bank Group invited Rob as an expert speaker for a special meeting of its Global Wildlife Program, which provides more than $130 million in grants to reduce human-wildlife conflicts. Representatives from 19 countries in Asia and Africa that will be receiving funds participated in the meeting. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Outreach, Presentation

WTI Partners with Moscow State University to Improve Transportation Accessibility

Posted on April 25th, 2017

The West Region Transportation Workforce Center at WTI and Moscow State University for Transport Engineering (MIIT) in Russia have completed a unique, year-long collaboration designed to make transportation in rural communities more accessible to people with disabilities. In both countries, rural transit agencies struggle to meet accessibility requirements because of limited funding and large service areas. After recognizing their mutual goals, the two institutions realized that both would benefit from sharing research findings and other resources. View Full News Post »

New York Times Gives Shout Out to WTI’s Unpaved Roads Report

Posted on April 6th, 2017

Start spreading the news… Recently, the New York Times published a feature article titled “Omaha’s Answer to Potholes? Go Back to Gravel Roads,”describing cities that are choosing to maintain low usage streets in disrepair by converting them back to gravel roads as a lower-cost alternative to repaving. The article cites the NCHRP study on unpaved roads authored by WTI Program Manager Laura Fay, which documented similar conversions in 27 states across the country, as well as best practices for this type of road project.. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News

WTI Co-hosts “Dream Big” Film Event in Bozeman

Posted on April 5th, 2017

On Saturday, March 4, students and families had the opportunity to experience a free showing of Dream Big: Engineering Our World at the Ellen Theatre in downtown Bozeman as part of the Bozeman Film Society Science on Screen Film Series. The film showcases the creativity, commitment and compassion of four engineers through an exploration of amazing engineering accomplishments around the world. Dr. View Full News Post »

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Craig Shankwitz presents at MSU's first 10x10 Innovation Road Show

Posted on March 27th, 2017

WTI’s Craig Shankwitz was part of the 10x10 MSU Innovation Road Show: From Tiny Houses to Honey Bees. Sponsored by the Office of Reasearch and Economic Development, the event provided 10 researchers the opportunitiy to present their expertise on a particular topic in 10 minutes. Shankwitz’s presentation focused on, Driverless Cars: The Evolution of the REVolution was dynamic and engaging. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Outreach, Presentation

Rob Ament's work featured in Mountain States Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association newsletter

Posted on March 21st, 2017

In its March newsletter, the Mountain States Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association highlighted the release of Rob Ament’s recent task reports on using woolen products for erosion control.  “Evaluation of Effectivenss and Cost-Benefits of Woolen Roadside Reclamation Products” is a research partnership among the Montana Department of Transportation, WTI, and KC Harvey Environmental, LLC. The release of the reports was also announced by the Transportation Research Board’s Daily New Service. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News, Research

WTI Has Second Highest Research Expenditures on MSU Campus

Posted on March 20th, 2017

Montana State University has released its research expenditures for 2016, and WTI had the second highest expenditure level among all academic departments and research units.  WTI’s research expenditures for the year totaled $6.3 million, and we were just edged out of the top spot by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemestry ($6. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Research

WTI Selected to Host International Conference

Posted on March 7th, 2017

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Low Volume Roads Committee has selected the Western Transportation Institute to host the 12th TRB International Conference on Low Volume Roads in Montana. WTI proposed the Flathead Valley of northwest Montana (Kalispell/Whitefish) as the venue for the Spring/Summer 2019 meeting, which will bring 150-300 participants and presenters to the area. The Flathead Valley provides an ideal location for conducting field tours of local low volume roads within a 30 minute drive, not to mention the proximity of Glacier National Park. View Full News Post »

Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences publishes journal article co-authored by Matt Blank

Posted on February 27th, 2017

The Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences has published the journal article “Swimming Performance of Sauger Sander Canadensis in Relation to Fish Passage” on its website.  The article, authored by David Dockery, Thomas MaMahon, Kevin Kappenman, and Matt Blank, discusses research to study the swimming abilities of sauger, a migratory species, in order to inform the design of fish passage strutures and help prevent habitat fragmentation for this species.  The research is a collaboration among WTI, the MSU Department of Ecology, and the U. View Full News Post »

Montana State University highlights WTI research.

Posted on February 27th, 2017

Montana State University is highlighting WTI research on its website this week.  MSU News posted a feature article about Natalie Villwock-Witte’s research on the transportation preferences of rural Millennials, and the publicity it has received by national publications including Wired Magazine. If you missed it, you can read the article here. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News, Research

MDT Highlights WTI Research Projects

Posted on February 22nd, 2017

The Montana Department of Transportation selected multiple MDT/WTI collaborative research projects to highlight in its Winter 2017 Research Newsletter.  Eli Cuelho’s project to develop a standard specification for a new gravel base course design was featured on the front page (“Development of a ¾-inch Minus Base Course Type A Specification for Montana”).  The newsletter also provides an update on the Traffic Safety Culture Transportation Pooled Fund, which is a joint effort by the Center for Health and Safety Culture, WTI, MDT and nine other states. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News, Research

Journal Article Proposes Global Remote Camera Networks to Preserve Biodiversity

Posted on February 13th, 2017

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the journal of the Ecological Society of America, has published “Scaling-up camera traps: monitoring the planet’s biodiversity with networks of remote sensors,” which was co-authored by Tony Clevenger of WTI’s Road Ecology program, and 15 colleagues from the United States and Canada. The article documents the growth of remote-camera technology in environmental conservation, and proposes that integrating systems of camera networks on a global scale has the potential to advance many international biodiversity and ecosystem preservation goals. Citation: Robin Steenweg, Mark Hebblewhite, Roland Kays, Jorge Ahumada, Jason T Fisher, Cole Burton,Susan E Townsend, Chris Carbone, J Marcus Rowcliffe, Jesse Whittington, Jedediah Brodie, J Andrew Royle, Adam Switalski, Anthony P Clevenger, Nicole Heim, and Lindsey N Rich. View Full News Post »

Center for Health and Safety Culture releases report for “An Assessment of Traffic Safety Culture Related to Engagement in Efforts to Improve Traffic Safety.”

Posted on February 13th, 2017

Are you a good (traffic safety) citizen? The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) has released the final report for “An Assessment of Traffic Safety Culture Related to Engagement in Efforts to Improve Traffic Safety.” Conducted in partnership with the Transportation Pooled Fund on Traffic Safety Culture, this research explored the specific aspects of traffic safety culture that predict engagement in traffic safety citizenship behaviors. Examples of “safety citizenship” behaviors include asking someone to put on a seat belt or to refrain from using a cell phone while driving. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Publication

New Publication: A Comparison of the Effects of Continuous versus Discontinuous Movement Patterns on Parkinsonian Rigidity and Reflex Responses to Passive Stretch and Shortening

Posted on February 10th, 2017

Anbu Muthumani co-authored an article for the Journal of Nature and Science with colleagues in the MSU Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. “A Comparison of the Effects of Continuous versus Discontinuous Movement Patterns on Parkinsonian Rigidity and Reflex Responses to Passive Stretch and Shortening” summarizes a project to study the effects of stretching on the movement of patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Citation: Powell D, Muthumani A, Xia R. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Publication

New Publication: Traffic Safety along Tourist Routes in Rural Areas.

Posted on January 30th, 2017

The Transportation Research Record has published “Traffic Safety along Tourist Routes in Rural Areas,” authored by Yiyi Wang, David Veneziano, Sam Russell and Ahmed Al-Kaisy. The article is based on research that investigated the contributing factors for crash severity and crash likelihood of visiting drivers in or near three national parks in rural areas, and whether there were diffences in crash risk for local and tourist drivers.  The abstract is available on the MSU Publications website, and the full article is available through TRB. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Publication

Natalie Villwock-Witte's Millennial research featured in WIRED magazine

Posted on January 30th, 2017

Last week, WIRED magazine published a feature article on its website about one of WTI’s projects documenting Millennial transportation trends. “Rural Millennials Still Dig Driving. They Have No Choice” highlighted the findings of WTI’s survey of Millennials in four states (Minnesota, Montana, Washington, and Wisconsin) to determine whether there are differences in transportation preferences between Millennials in urban and rural areas. View Full News Post »

WTI's Tony Clevenger interviewed about reduction in wildlife collisions on Trans-Canada Highway

Posted on January 23rd, 2017

Last week, Tony Clevenger was interviewed by Newstalk 770 out of Calgary, Canada for the morning news report. The story highlighted the findings from research in Banff National Park that conclude that wildlife crossings on the Trans-Canada Highway have reduced collisions with wildlife by as much as 80% over the last 10 years. Tony was also interviewed on this topic for a feature story by the Calgary Herald. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News

Stateline Highlights Unpaved Roads Research

Posted on January 23rd, 2017

Stateline, a national website covering trends in state policy, published a feature story on a recent WTI project on the pros, cons, and costs of converting low-volume paved roads to unpaved roads. In “Dirt Roads Help Some Cities, Counties Drive Down Costs,” Stateline interviewed Principal Investigator Laura Fay about her research for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which sought to explore how commonly and under what conditions transportation agencies are converting paved roads to unpaved roads. Through a national survey, the project identified 48 agencies that have completed conversions, 70 conversion projects, and 550 miles of converted roadway. View Full News Post »

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New Publication: Understanding the Cultural Influences related to Driving After Cannabis

Posted on January 18th, 2017

Understanding the Cultural Influences related to Driving After Cannabis: The Center for Health and Safety Culture completed a research project with the Transportation Pooled Fund on Traffic Safety Culture. The purpose of this research project was to understand which specific aspects of traffic safety culture predict the decision to drive under the influence of cannabis (DUIC). As more states decriminalize and legalize medical and recreational use of cannabis (marijuana), traffic safety leaders and public health advocates have growing concerns about DUIC. View Full News Post »

Road Ecology in Latin America

Posted on January 16th, 2017

WTI’s Road Ecology program is building a growing presence in Latin America.  Recently, researchers have been invited to present at several high profile conservation conferences and workshops, with more collaborations on the horizon for 2017. In November, Tony Clevenger attended and gave the keynote presentation at the 1st Iberoamerican Congress on Biodiversity Conservation and Transportation at the Federal University in Lavras, Brasil. View Full News Post »

USDOT designates WTI “Beyond Traffic Innovation Center” serving rural areas following competitive process.

Posted on January 11th, 2017

Breaking News – WTI named “Beyond Traffic Innovation Center” by USDOT Map indicating Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers This morning, the US Department of Transportation announced that the Western Transportation Institute has been selected as one of its new “Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers.”  These Centers will build on the Department’s Beyond Traffic 2045 Report, which outlined critical transportation trends for the next 30 years.  According to USDOT, the selected centers were recognized as “forward-thinking and influential institutions that are capable of driving solutions to the challenges identified in Beyond Traffic through research, curriculum, outreach, and other activities. View Full News Post »

Posted in: News

Final Report: US 93 North Post-Construction Wildlife Vehicle Collision and Wildlife Crossing Montioring on the Flathead Indian Reservation Between Evaro and Polson, Montana.

Posted on January 10th, 2017

The Montana Department of Transportation has released the final report for “US 93 North Post-Construction Wildlife Vehicle Collision and Wildlife Crossing Montioring on the Flathead Indian Reservation Between Evaro and Polson, Montana.” This report summarizes 14 years of research conducted between 2002 and 2015. The research focused on the effectiveness of the wildlife crossing structures installed along 56 miles of US 93, aimed at reducing collisions with large mammals. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Research

New Publication: Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks

Posted on January 9th, 2017

The USDOT Federal Highway Administration has released “Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks,” a report developed by the Small Urban and Rural Livability Center (SURLC) at WTI, Alta Planning and Design, and the National Association of Counties through SURLC’s Street Guide Project.  The report is intended to provide ideas and guidance to small towns and rural communities who wish to enhance active travel networks for modes such as bicycling and walking.  The guide also provides innovative examples of successful projects that are applicable to rural communities. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Publication

WTI releases mobile version of Weathershare real-time traffic tool.

Posted on December 19th, 2016

Just in time for wintry holiday road trips over the river and through the woods, WTI has released a mobile version of the award-winning One-Stop Shop online traffic tool for travelers looking for up-to-the-minute information on weather and road conditions. Montana State University News Service released an extensive feature article on the project, which was highlighted on the MSU webpage last week, and has been picked up by several news organizations. You can read the article here, or try out the tool yourself at http://oss. View Full News Post »

Tony Clevenger’s Wolverine Research Featured in Canadian Geographic Magazine

Posted on December 12th, 2016

Sneak Peak! Wolverine Research featured in Canadian Geographic Magazine. In November, Newswire shared a link to an online article about Tony Clevenger’s wolverine research in the Canadian Rockies. The magazine is publishing a feature article in its December 2016 issue, and WTI has received an advanced copy (CanGeo Wolverine_Dec16 - LR). View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News, Research

New Center Attracts Local Media Attention

Posted on December 12th, 2016

Small Urban, Rural and Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM), led by WTI was selected by USDOT as Tier 1 University Transportation Center, and will receive approximately $1.5 million a year for up to five years to lead research that improves the mobility of people and goods. Montana State University published a feature article about the selection on its website, and the story was also picked up by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News

Article Published in Journal of Transport Geography

Posted on December 12th, 2016

The Journal of Transport Geography has published an atricle by Yiyi Wang and her colleagues: “Does bicycle network level of traffic stress (LTS) explain bicycle traffic behavior?” The article summarizes a case study in Oregon, and draws on census data, mode choice, and regional household travel survey data to investigate the relationship between the varying levels of traffic stress (LTS) routes and bicycle travel behavior. Citation: Wang, H., Palm, M. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News, Publication

Expansion of the One Stop Shop for Traveler Information

Posted on December 9th, 2016

The One Stop Shop for Traveler Information now includes Montana – and Idaho, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming! OSS has been providing travelers in California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada access to route-oriented, real-time and near real time weather and road information through a single website, and now the Rocky Mountain States have access to this valuable traveler tool. Developed in partnership by WTI and Caltrans, OSS won an International award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of America for Best New Innovative Practice earlier this fall. Visit the OSS site at http://oss. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News, Research

Tony Clevenger's Wolverine Research Highlighted in Canadian Geographic

Posted on December 7th, 2016

A reporter for Canadian Geographic spent the day with Road Ecology researcher Tony Clevenger, to learn more about his research on wolverine populations in the Canadian Rockies. In “How Highways are Hurting the Wolverine’s Genetic Diversity,” journalist Fraser Los describes how Tony collects and studies hair samples left behind by wolverines, to better understand where they live and move through the mountain ecosystems, and how the movements have changed over time. Read the full article here. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News, Research

Rob Ament's India Trip focuses on Elephant Conservation

Posted on December 7th, 2016

Rob Ament with the Kaziranga National Park Anti-Poaching Team Road Ecology Program Manager Rob Ament recently returned from an international conservation forum in Kaziranga National Park in Assam, India. Rob was invited to participate in a meeting of the IUCN’s (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Asian Elephant Specialist Group, as a support specialist on transportation mitigation and wildlife corridors. This was the first time the world’s leading experts have gathered in 14 years, and representatives from all 13 countries with existing wild Asian elephants attended. View Full News Post »

Bozeman Area Bicycle Advisory Board

Posted on November 21st, 2016

Hello Friends and Constituents, The Montana Department of Transportation is conducting a corridor study of the Frontage Road between Belgrade and Bozeman. This study will help to develop a comprehensive, long-range plan for managing the corridor and determining what improvements could be made to improve the corridor based on identified needs and financial constraints. Please click, or copy and paste the following link to add your commentary to anywhere on the comment map on the study "Wikimapping" website. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Outreach

CHSC Trainings from Coast to Coast

Posted on November 15th, 2016

The staff of the Center for Health & Safety Culture (CHSC) has been on the road this fall, providing on-site communication and Positive Culture Framework trainings to clients around the country: · Molalla, Oregon. Katie Dively, Research Scientist II and Senior Trainer and Jay Otto, Principal Scientist facilitated a Positive Culture Framework Training with 25 traffic safety leaders in Molalla, OR. This training begins a year-long effort to improve traffic safety culture in Molalla. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Outreach, Training Event

Local News covers WTI and City of Bozeman Traffic Project

Posted on November 7th, 2016

Last week, MSU, WTI and the City of Bozeman announced that they will team up to address local traffic growth. WTI will implement a transportation demand management initiative to address Bozeman’s significant growth in population and subsequent increase in the number of vehicles on the road and resulting traffic. Transportation demand management programs focus on changing or reducing travel demand, particularly at peak commute hours, instead of increasing roadway supply, making more efficient use of the current roadway system. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News

WTI Researchers quoted in Mountain Town News

Posted on October 25th, 2016

Mountain Town News reported on the Interstate 90 Snoqualmie Pass project, which will ultimately provide wildlife with 27 places to cross along a 15 mile stretch of the interstate. Both Rob Ament and Tony Clevenger are quoted in the article, with Tony calling the project “by far the most ecologically comprehensive mitigation project I’m aware of in North America and likely the world.” Mountain Town News 10. View Full News Post »

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WTI Work Posted on Planet Jackson Hole

Posted on October 25th, 2016

Planet Jackson Hole (planetjh.com) has posted a feature article about the wildlife crossing plan that WTI will develop for Teton County, Wyoming. In the article, Jon Mobeck, executive director of the Wildlife Foundation, highlights WTI’s previous work in the area and states that “WTI offers the perfect partnership for Jackson Hole. View Full News Post »

WTI's Marcel Huijser Speaks at UM's Wilderness and Civilization Program

Posted on October 17th, 2016

WTI Road Ecologist, Marcel Huijser was recently invited to provide a guest lecture for the University of Montana’s Wilderness and Civilization Program. As part of the Davidson Honors College, students are immersed in the study of wildlands and the interactions between people and the land. Wilderness and Civilization combines the strengths of classroom and field learning, interactive classes, dedicated faculty, and applied learning through internships. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Outreach

WTI Selected to Complete a Wildlife Crossing Master Plan for Teton County Roads and Highways.

Posted on October 17th, 2016

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports that Teton County Board of Commissioners has selected WTI to complete a wildlife crossing master plan for Teton County’s roads and highways. “County moves on wildlife crossing plan” notes that WTI’s extensive working knowledge of the area and road network led to the selection. For the full story, visit http://www. View Full News Post »

Marcel Huijser's work on Wildlife Crossing Structures featured on Conservation Corridor Website.

Posted on September 29th, 2016

An article summarizing results of Marcel Huijser and team’s research on fencing around wildlife crossing structures in western Montana was recently featured on the Conservation Corridor website. “Effectiveness of fencing around wildlife crossings depends on location and length” highlights different management approaches and recommendations that would decrease wildlife-vehicle collisions and provide safe passage of large mammals. Conservation Corridor is an east coast non-profit whose mission is to bridge the science and practice of corridors in the landscape as a conservation strategy. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News, Research

WTI hosts Summer Workshop for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates

Posted on September 29th, 2016

The Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC) held its annual summer Workshop in Bozeman on August 12. Participants and presenters represented multiple organizations including University of Alaska - Fairbanks, Washington State University, University of Wisconsin – Platteville, University of Texas-San Antonio, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, Michigan Tech, KC Harvey Environmental, and Montana DEQ. The workshop hosted presentations, updates, and a poster session on CESTiCC projects, followed by tours of the MSU campus and WTI labs. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Event, Outreach

Marcel Huijser served as a panelist for the screening of Wildways

Posted on September 29th, 2016

Marcel Huijser served as a panelist for the screening of Wildways: Corridors of Life held last week at Heritage Hall at Fort Missoula in Missoula. Wild Ways features the world’s top biologists who are working to save wildlife populations. By identifying and preserving habitat for these umbrella species, conservationists can protect critical ecosystems around the world. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Outreach

Marcel Huijser Guides Chinese Contingent in Netherlands

Posted on September 29th, 2016

WTI’s Marcel Huijser attended a conference in Lyon, France last month where he connected with Chinese Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS) associates. The group later met up in The Netherlands where Marcel provided them with an excursion to a multifunctional wildlife overpass. Natuurbrug Zanderij Crailoo is almost a half mile long (800 meters)and includes a bridge across a 2-lane highway and another bridge across a railroad and railroad yard. View Full News Post »

National Working Summit tackles an “Epidemic on Wheels”

Posted on September 28th, 2016

The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center), led by WTI, hosted the National Working Summit on Transportation in Rural America last week, drawing 120 enthusiastic participants from around the country. Participants worked together for three days to identify issues and strategies to reduce injuries and fatalities on rural roads and highways. Held in Denver, Colorado from September 7 - 9, the Summit encouraged collaboration among a broad range of agencies with an interest in enhancing safety on rural roads: departments of transportation, first responders, law enforcement, commerce/freight organizations, economic development/tourism agencies, public health agencies, local/county governments, and tribal agencies. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Event, Outreach

MSU Students take Presentation Awards at I-HEEP Conference

Posted on September 27th, 2016

The Highway Engineering Exchange Program (HEEP) is an international organization that promotes advances in transportation engineering through the exchange of knowledge and information technology. The 2016 International HEEP Conference was held September 11-15 in Helena, Montana. HEEP offers a student competition with cash prizes as part of its Educator Student Participation Program (ESP). View Full News Post »

Welcome to the Unpaved Roads Institute

Posted on September 15th, 2016

The Road Dust Institute (RDI) has changed its name to the Unpaved Roads Institute (URi) to better reflect the increased interest general unpaved road management issues. We would like to welcome you to our new website.  First conceptualized in 2008, we are continually evolving with input and support from our founding partners and the Federal Lands Highway of FHWA. View Full News Post »

Posted in: Outreach, Tech Transfer

Taylor Lonsdale to present in Safe Routes to School Webinar

Posted on September 7th, 2016

WTI’s Taylor Lonsdale will be a presenter for the September Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Webinar: Safe Routes to School in Small Rural Communities: Challenges and Strategies to Accessing Funding. Taylor will be highlighting the work on pathways in Highwood, MT which will be included in an upcoming publication from the SRTS National Partnership. Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 11:00am MST To register: https://attendee. View Full News Post »

Winter Maintenance Work featured on Roads and Bridges Website

Posted on September 7th, 2016

The August 29 issue of Roads and Bridges included an article written by WTI’s Anburaj Muthumani and Laura Fay on assessing the use of snowplow lighting for optimal safety. “Can you see me now?” highlights the work done by the research team for the Clear Roads Best Practices Guide for snowplow lighting. Led by WTI, the team has compiled these findings into a best practices guide for winter maintenance agencies. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News, Research

WTI’s Road Ecology work in the Crowsnest Pass in Alberta Canada takes another step forward

Posted on August 26th, 2016

WTI’s work in the Crowsnest Pass in Alberta Canada takes another step forward as Alberta Transportation begins wildlife fencing construction at Emerald Lake. WTI, along with partners Miistakis Institute, Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y), Road Watch in the Pass, and other local scientists and citizens have been recording data and advocating for mitigation measures to reduce wildlife collisions for over a decade. To learn more, visit: http://www. View Full News Post »

Posted in: In The News, Research

Gallatin County Approves Money for Skyline

Posted on August 26th, 2016

WTI’s David Kack, Skyline Bus Coordinator, went before the Gallatin County Commision to request $75,000 in support of the bus service connecting Bozeman and Big Sky. Skyline has made budget requests for the last seven years, but never had any funding approved by the Gallatin County Commission. In a split vote, the commission approved a one-time $50,000 expenditure for new buses. View Full News Post »

Posted in: News

Moving Rural America Summit

Posted on August 2nd, 2016

The National Center for Rural Road Safety, sponsored by FHWA and headquartered at WTI, is excited to announce a national summit in 2016 on rural transportation. “Moving Rural America: Advancing Safe Transportation Systems to Enhance Economic Development and Quality of Life” will be held September 7-9, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. This summit will be all-inclusive, bringing together key leaders and grassroots stakeholders to articulate important safety and transportation issues that impact quality of life and economic prosperity in rural areas. View Full News Post »

WTI Welcomes Craig Shankwitz

Posted on August 1st, 2016

Please welcome Craig Shankwitz to WTI! Craig will be leading the MSU campuswide initiative to develop Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in a rural setting. Most recently, Shankwitz served as a principal R&D engineer at MTS Systems Corporation, and is also the former director of the University of Minnesota Intelligent Vehicles Laboratory. He presently serves as the vice-chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers Truck and Bus Active Safety Systems committee. View Full News Post »

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Nebraska Project Explores Turtle Use of Culverts

Posted on August 1st, 2016

The Sandhills Prairie Refuge Association featured WTI road ecology research in its June 2016 newsletter. On behalf of the Nebraska Department of Roads, Marcel Huijser is leading a project to see if turtles are using the culverts along Highway 83 (near the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge) to safely go from one side of the road to the other. To track turtle movements, Marcel is using a combination of turtle traps and trail cams. View Full News Post »

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Center for Health and Safety Culture Receives Official Designation

Posted on August 1st, 2016

The Center for Health and Safety Culture has been approved as an official university center by the Montana State University Board of Regents. Professor Nicholas Ward from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering has been appointed as the Director of the Center. With this official designation, the Center is pleased to announce the launch of its new website (www. View Full News Post »

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WTI has Bikes to Share

Posted on July 29th, 2016

Need to attend a meeting on campus? Need lunch from Town and Country? Need to run an errand downtown? Need some exercise and fresh air? Hop on a WTI BikeShare bike! The five bike fleet can be found on the bike racks below the WTI building and they are marked with yellow tape or WTI signage. No need to sign them out – just return to the WTI building bike rack. Helmets, pumps, or other tools are available on the 3rd floor if you need them (contact Taylor Lonsdale ex. View Full News Post »

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WTI's David Kack Quoted in Helena Independent Record

Posted on July 25th, 2016

The Helena Independent Record included quotes in Sunday’s edition from WTI’s David Kack in “More and more Montanans depending on rural public transit.” The article highlights the vital role public transit plays in improving access to employment and medical facilities for those who live in rural areas of the state. Read the article here:http://helenair. View Full News Post »

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WTI's Taylor Lonsdale assists with Road Etiquette and Bike Safety Workshop

Posted on July 25th, 2016

Special thanks to Taylor Lonsdale who assisted Case Managers at the Human Resources Development Council (HRDC) and the Bike Kitchen with a Road Etiquette and Bike Safety Workshop for youth in Bozeman last week. The workshop sessions included bike safety, bike maintenance and repair, and a trip down the local city trails. Some of the youth participants were awarded free bikes for attending the workshop. View Full News Post »

AASHTO selects Asphalt Pavement Project for National Recognition

Posted on July 21st, 2016

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has selected a WTI project as one of its national “Sweet Sixteen” High Value Research Projects. WTI researchers Ning Xie, Natalie Villwock-Witte, and Laura Fay led a project for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) entitled “Optimization of Elastic Polymer Modification Rates Based on Contemporary Relative Costs vs. Benefits,” which looked at the costs and benefits of the use of polymer modified binders for asphalt pavements. View Full News Post »

WTI's Tony Clevenger Invited to Wildlands Network, Mexico

Posted on July 18th, 2016

Erik Saracho, with jaguar call in his hand; Sergio Lopez, executive director of Grupo Selome Mexico; TC; Juan Carlos Bravo.Tony Clevenger was invited by Juan Carlos Bravo of the Wildlands Network Mexico to present on Sustainable Highways at a Road Congress of more than 1,000 transportation engineers in Puerto Vallarta, Mexcio, July 6-8, 2016. The Mexican Minister of Transportation and Environment attended and gave presentations. View Full News Post »

Want to learn more more about the Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC)?

Posted on July 6th, 2016

CHSC is an interdisciplinary center, based at WTI, serving communities and organizations through research, training, and support services to cultivate healthy and safe cultures. The Center publishes quarterly newsletters and occasional news and training announcements. If you’d like to stay up-to-date on the Center’s most current communications, please choose to subscribe to the newsletter. View Full News Post »

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Effectiveness of short sections of wildlife fencing and crossing structures along highways in reducing wildlife–vehicle collisions and providing safe crossing opportunities for large mammals

Posted on June 14th, 2016

Authors Marcel P. Huijser, Elizabeth R. Fairbank, Whisper Camel-Means, Jonathan Graham, Vicki Watson, Pat Basting, Dale Becker Publication Biological Conservation Abstract Wildlife fencing in combination with crossing structures is commonly regarded as the most effective and robust strategy to reduce large mammal–vehicle collisions while also maintaining wildlife connectivity across roads. View Full News Post »

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Wildlife Crossing Structure Handbook Translated into Chinese and Portuguese

Posted on May 31st, 2016

As reported in the November 11, 2013 issue of Newswire, the China Academy of Transportation Sciences (CATS) requested permission to produce a Chinese translation of WTI Road Ecology’s “Wildlife Crossing Structure Handbook Design and Evaluation in North America.”  The Federal Highway Administration granted CATS permission, exponentially increasing the tech transfer of this document authored by Tony Clevenger and Marcel Huijser. In March of 2016 The Inter-American Development Bank announced plans to translate the handbook into Portuguese for use throughout Brazil. View Full News Post »

Workforce Center Co-sponsors STEM Event

Posted on May 20th, 2016

The West Region Transportation Workforce Center, which is housed at WTI, partnered with the Montana Girls STEM Collaborative to co-sponsor and co-organize a Girls STEM Collaboration Forum held at MSU on Thursday, May 19. WTI’s Susan Gallagher presented at the forum, which brought together over 50 formal and informal STEM educators, including representatives from museums, science centers, 4-H, libraries, and afterschool programs. The forum was focused on improving transportation industry collaborations with informal educators and sharing resources to build the STEM talent pipeline. View Full News Post »

The Montana Commuter Challenge is on!

Posted on May 16th, 2016

The Bozeman Area Bicycle Advisory Board (BABAB) and WTI are sponsoring Bozeman’s 5th annual Commuter Challenge, May 1-31, 2016. If you haven’t already registered, sign up today. This month-long friendly competition between workplaces encourages people to park the car and walk, bicycle, or take a bus to work during May. View Full News Post »

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Project update: Evaluating Management Options to Increase Roadside Carbon Sequestration

Posted on March 31st, 2016

If you see rows of bright orange stakes near the Logan and Bear Canyon exits or near Bozeman Pass along I-90, you are looking at a roadside carbon sequestration experimental plot.   WTI’s Rob Ament has been dodging the dodgy spring weather to construct experimental plots to determine if changing three different management practices of roadside vegetation and soils can increase existing levels of carbon capture and storage.  The project, “Evaluating Management Options to Increase Roadside Carbon Sequestration,” is sponsored by the Center for Environmentally Sustainable Transportation in Cold Climates (CESTiCC) in collaboration with MSU Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences (LRES) Professors Scott Powell and Tony Hartshorn. View Full News Post »

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Dave Kack Discusses Safety Solutions for Explore Big Sky Magazine.

Posted on March 10th, 2016

Big Horn Sheep in Big Sky: The online edition of “Explore Big Sky” recently featured an editorial on the dangers to wildlife and motorists on Highway 64.  The article, entitled “Death of an Icon,” quoted WTI Program Manager David Kack, who discussed possible safety solutions for the road through Big Sky.  The full article is available athttp://www. View Full News Post »

Rob Ament Co-authors Article in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

Posted on November 9th, 2015

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the journal of the Ecological Society of America, published an article on wildlife crossings co-authored by Rob Ament. “Integrated adaptive designs for wildlife movement under climate change” highlights some of the innovative crossing designs developed by the ARC (Animal Road Crossings) International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition, for which WTI was a partner organization. (Lister, N. View Full News Post »

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WTI and Moscow State University to Collaborate

Posted on October 27th, 2015

WTI and the Moscow State University for Transport Engineering (MIIT) in Russia received Contract Funding from the Eurasia Foundation's University Partnership Program for collaborative activities aimed at establishing resource sharing mechanisms and a joint course. Shared resources and coursework will focus on enhancing mobility and equitable access to transportation services for persons with disabilities. (Susan Gallagher and David Kack). View Full News Post »

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Using Wool to Control Roadside Erosion

Posted on October 27th, 2015

20 Things You Didn’t Know About……Wool. It hates liquid, loves vapor, and is fire –resistant. And, according to number 12, Montanans use it on the roadside for erosion control! See Rob Ament’s fun shout out in the October 1 issue of Discover Magazine. View Full News Post »

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Utah DOT Research Newsletter highlights WTI work

Posted on October 7th, 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of the Utah DOT Research Newsletter highlights the valuable research made possible by Clear Roads, the Pooled Fund Project led by the Minnesota DOT. Several important and practical Clear Roads research projects are featured, including WTI’s Corrosion Manual and the Environmental Best Practices Manual. http://www. View Full News Post »

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WTI to work with City of Bozeman

Posted on October 6th, 2015

WTI will be working with the City of Bozeman on the development of a Travel Demand Forecast Model (TDM) as the City has just begun working on an update to their Transportation Master Plan (TMP). WTI will develop a TDM that the City of Bozeman can utilize to more frequently evaluate transportation investments and will parallel the work being done for the City by Robert Peccia and Associates and MDT. The goal is to develop a model and methodology that will enable the city to incorporate the use of a TDM into development review, as well as annual capital planning for transportation. View Full News Post »

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Center for Health and Safety Culture Hosts Traffic Safety Culture Training

Posted on October 3rd, 2015

The Center for Health and Safety Culture (CHSC) hosted the annual in-person meeting for the Traffic Safety Culture Transportation Pooled Fund at WTI on September 28th and 29th. The meeting is part of a 5 year pooled fund program for which the Center is the principal research entity and management support. There are 11 states involved in this pooled fund and they have obligated over $1 million in funds. View Full News Post »

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Center for Health and Safety Culture Provides Training to 60 Professionals.

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

Jay Otto and Katie Dively of the Center for Health and Safety Culture trained 60 professionals on the new Positive Culture Framework designed to serve communities and organizations in their efforts to improve health and safety. The 2.5 day training held in Portland, Oregon last week hosted attendees from Canada, Palau, and thirteen states across the nation. View Full News Post »

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Get out and Bike, Use our Bike Share!

Posted on September 29th, 2015

Need to get to campus during the day? Don’t want to drive? The WTI Bike Share is at your service. Bikes are marked with yellow tape on the racks in front of the building. WTI’s Taylor Lonsdale has worked hard to build this fleet equipped with accessories including racks, baskets, and fenders. View Full News Post »

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V.I.P. Guest John West – Founder of WTI

Posted on September 28th, 2015

WTI was honored to have John West, founding father of the Western Transportation Institute, visit for the first time in 15 years. John served as Caltrans Deputy Director as well as the Research and Innovation Division Director. He visited the WTI facilities at MSU last week and caught up with Steve Albert and met with Doug Galarus on the One Stop Shop project and with Kelly Green to discuss the importance and significance of culture on traffic safety. View Full News Post »

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David Kack Leads Livability Webinar

Posted on September 21st, 2015

Livability Webinar – Last week, David Kack led a webinar for the Sonoran Institute entitled “Livability and the Connection Between Housing and Transportation.” More than 130 people participated in the webinar, which is part of a series from the Institute’s Community Builders project. David provided an overview of the six principles of livability, with a focus on the interrelationship between housing locations and employment locations, and the cost impacts this can have on a family’s budget. View Full News Post »

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David Kack Presents to Bozeman Transportation Coordination Committee

Posted on September 11th, 2015

David Kack made two presentations at a recent City of Bozeman Transportation Coordination Committee meeting, attended by members of MDT, Gallatin County, City of Bozeman, engineering firms, and local citizens. Kack first presented on the WTI truck study. The Downtown Bozeman Partnership the study, completed in March 2015, provides information on the number of trucks traveling through Downtown, and discusses their impacts, including the increased level of noise due to truck traffic. View Full News Post »

Geosynthetics testing

Posted on August 26th, 2015

Eli Cuelho’s work in Geosynthetics in Subgrade Stabilization project, Geosythetica.net announces TenCate Mirafi® RS580i outperformed all geosynthetics tested by WTI. TenCate Geosynthetics develops and produces synthetic fabrics, non-wovens, wovens and geogrids, and creates design solutions and systems for infrastructure and civil technology. View Full News Post »

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Safety Center Makes NRITS Debut

Posted on August 20th, 2015

This year’s National Rural ITS Conference, Elevate ITS, was held last week at the Snowbird Resort, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. WTI attendees participated in sessions, networking opportunities, and recreation. WTI’s National Center for Rural Road Safety made its NRITS debut…. View Full News Post »

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Winter Maintenance Peer Exchange 2013

Posted on March 5th, 2013

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National Rural ITS Conference

Posted on April 29th, 2011

Article from WTI eNews April 2011 Coeur d'Alene, Idaho --August 28-31, 2011 Named by French-speaking fur traders, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho has long been a hub for exchanging goods. In 2011, we will continue this tradition as we exchange knowledge and information at the 2011 National Rural ITS Conference and ITS Rocky Mountain Annual Meeting. Located on the shore of beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene, attendees can mix family-friendly fun with training and networking opportunities, dozens of technical sessions and exciting professional tours. View Full News Post »

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The Road Less Traveled: Can well-informed visitors help ease congestion in gateway communities and near or within our National Park Roads?

Posted on April 29th, 2011

(Article from WTI eNews April 2011) As winter comes to a close and the days become longer, summer travelers begin looking for places to wander. Despite the recession, or maybe because of it, national parks stand poised to receive yet another summer of near record visitors. A National Park in the Colorado Rockies is investigating whether drivers with more information about their transportation options will change how they travel to and through the park, and ultimately, reduce traffic and delays on popular roads and have a better visitor experience. View Full News Post »

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"One-Stop Shop" Website to Display Rural Traveler Information Across Four State Region

Posted on April 29th, 2011

(Article from April 2011 eNews) Real-time weather information is a valuable resource for highway travelers making long distance trips, especially when they are faced with snow, ice or other challenging driving conditions. While there is plenty of weather and road information available on the Internet, it can be scattered over numerous websites, especially if a traveler's route crosses over a state line. Researchers at WTI have conducted several projects for Caltrans over the last few years to create traveler information tools that gather weather and road data from multiple sources and display it on a single, user-friendly website. View Full News Post »

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A View from the Window – the Locomotive Windshield

Posted on April 29th, 2011

While defogging and chipping ice off of automobile windshields can be slow, tedious work, motorists typically have the tools and the ability to pull over to complete the task. For operators of locomotives pulling freight cars, the task is a bit more daunting. Locomotives are designed to operate in very harsh weather conditions in order to minimize delays associated with inclement weather. View Full News Post »

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Winter Maintenance and Effects Update

Posted on April 29th, 2011

(Article from April 2011 eNews) As regions across the United States braced for snow storm after snow storm this winter, transportation in areas typically unaccustomed and unprepared for these types of conditions came to a grinding halt, paralyzing some cities for days at a time. While most of these scenarios reflect emergency situations where large snow accumulation occurred in a short amount of time, they invite awareness as to how well transportation systems operate in regions that ARE accustomed to inclement weather and hazardous driving conditions on a regular basis during the winter season. In the northern United States and Canada, snow and ice control operations are essential to ensure the safety, mobility and productivity of winter highways. View Full News Post »

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Winter Maintenance and Effects - It's not just about moving snow...

Posted on April 28th, 2011

(Introduction from April 2011 eNews) The calendar tells us it is spring, but for those of us in the northern regions of the country, it may be wishful thinking and a bit premature to remove the snow tires on our vehicles just yet. As we reflect on this winter, we remember hazardous Thanksgiving driving, Christmas snowstorms that buried New York City, and an ice storm blanketed by a snow storm in Dallas, Texas just days before the much hyped Super Bowl XLV. North, south, east, west, every region of the country experienced some form of atypical winter weather condition that ultimately caused traveling hiccups. View Full News Post »

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2nd Road Dust Best Management Practices Conference—Save the Date!

Posted on April 28th, 2011

Article from WTI eNews April 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada - November 7-9, 2011 The 2011 Road Dust Best Management Practices Conference will bring together local, state and county road practitioners, as well as researchers and federal agencies to discuss current practices, identify best practices and share lessons learned, to enhance the management of dust on unpaved roads. The themes of the 2011 Road Dust Best Management Practices Conference will be Environmental Compatibility and Sustainability, General and International Best Practices, and Unique and Extreme Conditions. The conference will feature national and international experts presenting current best management practices and will use presentations and poster sessions, roundtable dialogue and training sessions to accomplish this. View Full News Post »

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Girl Scouts Engineering Day

Posted on April 28th, 2011

(Article from WTI eNews, April 2011) Approximately one hundred Girl Scouts from Bozeman and surrounding communities visited MSU on Saturday, February 26 to explore engineering careers and activities. The event, sponsored by the Western Transportation Institute, was held to commemorate Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day during National Engineering Week. The girls (fourth through sixth graders) had the opportunity to interact with MSU engineering students during fifteen minute hands-on activities that introduced them to Civil, Electrical, Industrial, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering. View Full News Post »

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Safe Passages Research Experience for Undergraduates

Posted on April 28th, 2011

(Article from WTI eNews, April 2011) The Western Transportation Institute completed the final year of its three-year NSF-funded Safe Passages Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program this summer. The goal of the program was to address the nation's need for innovative solutions to issues arising at the interface between the nation's rural transportation infrastructure and the natural environment. The intent of the REU was to integrate a variety of strategies in addressing problems in the program's three research focus areas: 1) water and fish passage; 2) wildlife movement and habitat connectivity; and 3) public safety and mobility. View Full News Post »

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Colter Roskos presents at National Science Foundation conference

Posted on April 28th, 2011

Civil Engineering graduate research assistant Colter Roskos presented a poster at the National Science Foundation's Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division Grantees Conference, which was held January 3-7, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Colter's paper on "Building Green: Development and Evaluation of the Design Properties of an Environmentally Friendly Concrete" will also be published in the conference proceedings.. View Full News Post »

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Sommer Roefaro presents at TRB

Posted on April 28th, 2011

Sommer Roefaro, WTI Graduate Fellow and Master's Candidate in Civil Engineering, presented Effectiveness of Signal Control at Channelized Right Turning Lanes: An Empirical Study during a poster session at the Transportation Research Board 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC... View Full News Post »

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WTI Hosts Bike Sharing Program Webinar

Posted on April 28th, 2011

More and more cities around the country are considering bike sharing to help achieve environmental, public health, and transportation related goals, while also improving a community’s livability. The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) presented a 90 minute webinar on Bicycle Sharing Programs on January 19. WTI served as a host site for the event with members of the Bozeman community in attendance. View Full News Post »

Jessica Mueller successfully defends thesis, “Safety Evaluation of a Medic’s Work Environment during Rural Emergency Response.”

Posted on April 1st, 2011

Jessica Mueller successfully defended her thesis “Safety Evaluation of a Medic’s Work Environment during Rural Emergency Response,” completing all requirements for her Masters degree in Industrial Engineering. The naturalistic data collected in her study allowed researchers to perform analysis in a rural emergency driving environment to identify contributing factors to attending medic behavior, severity of biomechanical forces experienced in the driver and patient compartment, and an evaluation of emergency medical response safety culture. Based upon research findings, the project includes development of a series of environmental, ergonomic, policy, or training recommendations to mitigate circumstances that cause potentially unsafe operations in the driver’s and patient’s compartment of the ambulance. View Full News Post »

Winter Maintenance Peer Exchange 2011

Posted on March 31st, 2011

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Transcend Facility Update: Snow guns

Posted on April 5th, 2010

Does your project need an open road? Located in Central Montana at the former Lewistown airport, Transcend's research facility offers four miles of real-world paved test surface, a highly innovative, multidisciplinary research staff, and a comprehensive communications, power, and data networking infrastructure allowing innovations to make the jump from the laboratory to the real world. In short, it is the only laboratory of its kind: diverse, isolated, and ready to test, develop, and research virtually any innovation that relies on the open road. And while the real world features extreme weather and conditions, the facility takes a step forward and features a few perks the real world doesn’t like instant wet weather, a highly innovative, multidisciplinary research team and the diagnostics to ensure every test is accurate and valuable. View Full News Post »

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Researchers complete a man-made snow event.

Posted on March 20th, 2010

WTI researchers completed a man-made snow event for the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters Inhibitor Longevity and Deicer Performance Study. The goal of this event was to evaluate corrosion inhibitor longevity in anti-icers after roadway application following a significant snow event. Three inhibited chloride anti-icers were applied with a specially designed applicator trailer. View Full News Post »

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WTI staff held a snowmaking event in February

Posted on March 20th, 2010

Snowmaking: WTI staff held a snowmaking event in February to check and tune the snowmaking equipment. Based on data from this event, the fan guns will be updated with new weather stations and nozzle upgrades to make snow more consistently and efficiently at temperatures slightly below freezing. Snowmaking equipment upgrades will be completed by next winter. View Full News Post »

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WTI personnel completed the third Field Operational Test.

Posted on March 10th, 2010

WTI personnel completed the third Field Operational Test for the Caltrans Establishing Best Practices of Snow and Ice Removal research project. Similar to previous tests for this project, chemicals were applied late in the afternoon with air and pavement temperatures above freezing. Once the pavement temperature fell below freezing, snow was applied and compacted overnight using the Transcend snowmaking system and a smooth drum compactor. View Full News Post »

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Traffic Safety Culture Summit 2010

Posted on March 5th, 2010

Our intention for this Summit was to move beyond informative presentations and towards action on this important work. The role of culture in improving the effectiveness of traffic safety systems is critical. This page is an archive providing access to presentations and other documents created for and by this event. View Full News Post »

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Transcend Advisory Committee Meeting February 24, 2010

Posted on February 24th, 2010

The Transcend Advisory Committee met on February 24, 2010 via the web to review the history of the facility as well as projects underway and the current status of facility development. The Advisory Committee provides guidance on potential research opportunities as well as serving as a sounding board for research ideas and the usefulness of the research for practitioners.. View Full News Post »

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WTI researchers initiate a "Black Ice" event for the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters

Posted on February 10th, 2010

WTI researchers initiated a "Black Ice" event for the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters. The goal of this event is to evaluate the duration corrosion inhibitors last when applied to pavement in anticipation of frost or black ice. Applications of three inhibited chloride chemicals were sampled immediately after application and will continue to be sampled for the next seven days in order to quantify the presence of the corrosion inhibitors. View Full News Post »

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First Field Test for Snow and Ice Removal

Posted on January 26th, 2010

WTI crews completed the first Field Operational Test for the Caltrans Establishing Best Practices of Snow and Ice Removal research project. Chemicals were applied late in the afternoon with cold air and pavement temperatures. Snow was applied and compacted overnight using the Transcend snowmaking system and a smooth drum compactor. View Full News Post »

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TRANSCEND Lab Aquires Portable Lighting Equipment

Posted on December 4th, 2009

Transcend researchers acquired portable lighting equipment and additional snow removal equipment to facilitate snow making and winter research. The portable lighting equipment is used for nighttime snowmaking operations. Typically, it is easier to make snow during the night because the surface and air temperatures are more stable which creates a more consistent product. View Full News Post »

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WTI will be initiating a Road Dust Institute

Posted on December 4th, 2009

December 2009 — The Western Transportation Institute will be initiating a Road Dust Institute. This initiative will foster partnerships and promote research, education, and technology transfer to ensure best management practices for dust control. The Road Dust Institute is a part of the Western Transportation Institute's strategic direction, aiding growth of the Road Dust Management and Future Needs Conference and supporting dust related research, such as the National Scan of Best Practices for Chemical Treatments on Unpaved Roads. View Full News Post »

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Animal Detection Systems Tested and Reviewed

Posted on November 10th, 2009

November 2009 — Researchers tested the reliability of the MagalSenstar animal detection system. The livestock contractor delivered 6 animals (2 horses, 2 llamas, and 2 sheep) to the test site and a test was initiated on November 18 2009. The tests lasted for 10 consecutive days after which the animals were removed from the enclosure. View Full News Post »

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CSIL & WTI staff host a field site visit at Transcend

Posted on November 4th, 2009

Researchers from the Corrosion and Sustainable Infrastructure Laboratory (CSIL), WTI, hosted a field site visit at Transcend, in conjunction with a project meeting, for the Pacific Northwest Snowfighters Association (PNS) members. There is currently a project underway that is being conducted by WTI researchers for the PNS members which focuses on the longevity of stored deicers, including winter field testing at Transcend. Members of this pooled fund effort toured the research facility; including the deicer storage facilities, the snow making system, and the field site where winter testing is scheduled to begin in early 2010. View Full News Post »

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Animal Detection Systems Testbed Research News

Posted on August 4th, 2009

Researchers traveled to the Transcend facility to install another animal detection in the RADS testbed area. This system consists of a buried cable that detects large mammals when they move across the cable. The system is manufactured by Magal Senstar from Ontario, Canada. View Full News Post »

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WTI employees & invited guests from MSU travel to Transcend

Posted on July 9th, 2009

Western Transportation Institute employees and invited guests from MSU traveled to Transcend for a site visit. Attendees toured the facilities, discussed current and future research opportunities, potential partnerships, and benefits of conducting their research at Transcend. They also toured the newly completed shop and checked out the snowmaking system which is now fully operational. View Full News Post »

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Winter Maintenance Peer Exchange 2009

Posted on March 5th, 2009

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Road Dust Management Practices and Future Needs Conference 2008

Posted on November 13th, 2008

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Winter Maintenance Peer Exchange 2007

Posted on March 5th, 2007

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NRITS 2006

Posted on March 5th, 2006

NRITS sessions NRITS_2006_Agenda Al_Kaisy_A1 Allemeier_D1 Allen_B3 Askelson_E4 Ballard_Vanderbilt_G3 Blaine_E3 Boselly_C1 Brindell_F2 Burrows_D4 Cameron_A4 Campbell_E3 Churchill_H2 Couch_A3 Danczyk_A4 Danczyk_B2 Danczyk_B2_wvideo Davies_F4 Dgrabow_B1 Douglas_G3 Eidswick_A2 Flanigan_G1 Foderberg_H3 Franklin_F3 Frevert_E4 Funke_E2 Gaddy_H2 Galarus_A4 Galarus_B4 Galarus_G2 Galarus_H2 Gerfen_B3 Gilbertson_C3 Gilbertson_Fowler_D2 Grabow_B1 Gregory_B4 Gross_B3 Gulen_E1 Hansen_D3 Hansen_E2 Hansen_H1 Hanson_B1 Hardy_E1 Haskins_Hanson_C1 Hershey_B1 Hodges_G4 Huft_C2 Huijser_E1 Ivanovic_C3 Kack_A3 Kack_C4 Klatt_B2 Krause_A3 Kumar_A1 Kumar_D3 Kumar_G2 Laragan_D4 Legg_C2 Loftus_Otway_F3 Mann_H1 McCormack_D1 McGinnis_E2 McGinnis_H1 Murphy_C1 O'Keefe_A1 Osborne_B1 Parkany_G4 Parry_B2 Powell_C3 Redd_D1 Rosenbohm_E4 Ryen_C2 Sanddal_G1 Schneider_C3 Schopfer_G4 Scott_H3 Shaw_H3 Shi_A1 Shi_C1 Smadi_E3 Stanley_E1 Starr_C2 Stickel_B4 Stickel_E4 Stickel_H1 Strong_B2 Strong_F4 Thompson_B4 Thompson_D2 Turnbull_H4 Virshbo_E3 White_A2 Wolff_A4 Young_A2 Young_C4 Zhang_F4... View Full News Post »

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