Traffic Gridlock Sets New Records for Traveler Misery

2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard

Action Needed to Reduce Traffic Congestion’s Impact on Drivers, Businesses and Local Economies America’s traffic congestion recession is over. Just as the U.S. economy has regained nearly all of the 9 million jobs lost during the downturn, a new report produced by INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) shows that traffic congestion has … Read More

Carlson Receives Eldon J. Yoder Memorial Award

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Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Senior Research Engineer Paul Carlson was recently awarded the Transportation Research Board Eldon J. Yoder Memorial Award. The award was presented during the 11th International Conference on Low Volume Roads in Pittsburgh, PA, on July 12–15. Carlson won the award for the research paper “Can Traffic Signs Be too Bright … Read More

Researchers Study Traffic Make Up on Texas’ I-35 & SH 130

Congestion on I-35 in Austin.

In the Austin area, more than 220,000 vehicles travel on I-35 on a daily basis. In contrast, SH 130, the tolled bypass around Austin only carries 40,000 vehicles daily. Why do more vehicles choose the I-35 route? What would make travelers, particularly big trucks, more likely to use SH 130? Associate Research Scientist Tina Geiselbrecht … Read More

Helping El Paso Manage Growing Pains

El Paso, Texas, skyline.

TTI Creates New Methodology for Multimodal Assessment By 2030, the Office of the State Demographer projects Texas’ population will rise from 25.2 million in 2010 to 33.9 million in 2030. And that growth is not just happening in big cities like Austin, Dallas or Houston. It’s happening statewide in urban areas of all sizes. In … Read More

Stevens Honored with National Young Engineer of the Year Award

Charles Stevens (left) receives the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year award.

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Research Engineer Charles Stevens has been named the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE). Stevens accepted the award during the organization’s annual meeting in Seattle, Washington on July 17. According to NSPE, “the Young Engineer of the Year Award recognizes young members … Read More

A Dynamic Way of Forecasting Traffic

Traffic in College Station, TX

Travel forecasting affects transportation professionals on a number of levels, from planners and stakeholders to decision-makers and members of the general public. Currently, forecasting is assessed with trip-based travel demand models. However, these models are considered static, since the process of collecting the information doesn’t take into account actual travel demand in a system around … Read More

Research Explores Online Communities to Help Build Effective Transportation Policy

graphic depicting an online community.

Online communities are virtual gathering places where members interact with other members and administrators of that community through the Internet. As technology has progressed, online communities have evolved to now include features such as surveying, crowd sourcing, voting on or prioritizing concepts or ideas, and participating in live chat sessions. Many online communities are considered … Read More

New TTI Overview Publication Released

TTI overview publication cover and inside spread.

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) is pleased to announce the release of its new overview publication. This 22-page, full-color publication represents a sampling of the Institute’s signature research projects; discusses the Institute’s research focus areas and office locations; and features its facilities and staff. “We are happy to share this document, which provides a … Read More

More Analysis Follows 2014 Texas Transportation Poll, Provides Insight Into Public Sentiment

Traffic congestion on a three-lane highway.

As a follow-up to the 2014 Texas Transportation Poll conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), researchers have conducted additional analysis that provides more insight into public sentiment on transportation issues in Texas. Researchers found that Texans most frequently identified the following issues as being important to them:congestion, gas prices, construction, public transportation, road maintenance, … Read More