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

Our Inland Waterways: A Maintenance and Funding Challenge

Aerial of a lock and dam on the Mississippi River.

Many of the 250 locks in U.S. inland waterway system were built in the 1920s and 1930s and are a critical part of transporting cargo that fuels our nation’s economy. A recent report commissioned by the Transportation Research Board (TRB), Funding and Managing the U.S. Inland Waterways System What Policy Makers Need to Know, provided … Read More

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”: Texas DPS Is Cracking Down on Drunk Driving This July Fourth

Logo: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Fourth of July holiday is a favorite time of year for many Americans. Backyard parties, good food, and fireworks. But the celebrating unfortunately turns deadly when people drive after drinking alcohol. Drunk driving is a preventable problem on Independence Day each year in the United States. In 2013, Forbes magazine named the Independence Day … Read More

TTI’s Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Railing Upgrade to Be Decided Soon

Crash test at TTI's Proving Grounds

After decades of vehicles going overboard and into Lake Pontchartrain, a decision is expected soon on whether one of two Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) rail designs will be selected to replace the current, low-profile railings on the famous causeway bridge. TTI Associate Research Engineer William Williams presented details of his rail designs to the … Read More

TTI Supports College Station Effort in Managing Growing Traffic Demand

College Station City Manager Kelly Templin and TTI Research Engineer Tim Lomax at the June 26 press conference.

In a continuing and growing partnership designed to ease worsening traffic conditions as a result of “amazing and remarkable growth,” representatives from the City of College Station, The Texas A&M University System and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) detailed the city’s new traffic management plan — funded in part by a large donation from … Read More

Traffic Safety Conference Ignites Passions, Examines New Ways to Save Lives

John Barton at the 2015 Traffic Safety Conference

During the 2015 Traffic Safety Conference, the Texas Division Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration revealed that his passion for pedestrian safety stems from the death of his sister in 1990. Al Alonzi was a speaker during the opening session of the 7th annual conference, sponsored and hosted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) … Read More

Texas Legislative Update Given at 2015 Traffic Safety Conference

Senator Juan Hinojosa

On June 10, 2015, an attentive audience at the Texas Traffic Safety Conference listened as State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa shared his personal insights on the recently concluded 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature. Senator Hinojosa covered a number of topics in the traffic safety arena including texting and other distracting practices while driving, licenses … Read More

Cool (and Hot) Cutting: TTI Environmental Chamber Used for R&D Testing

The Trumpf TruLaser cutter inside TTI's environmental emissions laboratory.

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI) Environmental Emissions Research Facility (EERF) recently tested a unique (and large format) piece of equipment that uses a laser to cut sheet metal for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and job shops alike. The machine, manufactured by Trumpf Inc., traveled from Connecticut via a flat-bed trailer and was positioned in … Read More