88th Annual Transportation Short Course Focuses on the Future

TTI Agency Director at the podium during the Transportation Short Course opening session

With a new leader at the helm and significant changes in how we travel looming, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) held its 88th Annual Transportation Short Course on the campus of Texas A&M University Oct. 13–15. The annual event, designed to inform employees about the latest innovations in transportation research, is organized and co-hosted … Read More

Researchers Test Emergency Exit Signs for Tunnels

Running man emergency sign graphic

About 15 years ago, Europe suffered several catastrophic highway tunnel disasters that resulted in the loss of lives. When examining the aftermath, investigators found that many people had stayed in their vehicles instead of exiting and seeking emergency exits. European researchers then began to reexamine engineering in tunnels and ways to move people to an … Read More

TTI Transit Research Highlighted at APTA Annual Meeting

Side of a CNG-powered DART bus

Billed as the industry’s premier meeting, an estimated 15,000 public transit-agency professionals will converge on Houston’s Hilton Americas & George R. Brown Convention Center Oct. 12–15 for the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA’s) Annual Meeting. Funding for public transportation remains among the leading issues for transit agencies, and ridership appears to be growing. In a just-released … Read More

Community Involvement Key in Kyle Field Transportation Plan Project

Aerial graphic of proposed Kyle Field expansion when complete.

With the Kyle Field expansion project resulting in a 28 percent increase in seating capacity, transportation planners not only wanted to improve traffic flow, but also improve the overall weekend experience for Texas A&M University football fans. Involvement from community organizations throughout Bryan/College Station played a key role in achieving that goal. The Kyle Field … Read More

Self-Reported Survey of Texas Teens Finds Drug-Impaired Driving Surpasses Alcohol-Impaired Driving for First Time

U in the Driver Seat. U-driver.com.

Peer-to-peer program at Concordia targets impaired driving in an effort to improve safety behind the wheel In 2012, for the first time since its creation more than 20 years ago, the Texas Secondary School Survey found that more high school seniors reported driving drug-impaired than those who reported driving alcohol-impaired. One Austin university is doing … Read More

Video of Latest TTI Crash Test Goes Viral

Large truck impacting a crash barrier during a crash test.

A dramatic crash test was performed at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Sept. 24 to determine if a newly designed perimeter security device is effective in protecting U.S. embassies and other facilities around the globe. A video of the test showing a 15,000-pound truck crashing into the barrier at 50 miles per hour has … Read More

Most Texans Support More Funding for Transportation, New Poll Shows

Aerial of highway traffic congestion

Traffic congestion in Texas continues to worsen each year, but that’s not changing how the vast majority of Texans feel about their cars and trucks.  This and a variety of other insights come from the first Texas Transportation Poll, which was conducted by the Transportation Policy Research Center of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The … Read More

Fitzpatrick Receives Marsh Award for Distinguished Service

2014 International President -W. Hibbett Neel, Jr. presents the Burton W. Marsh Distinguished Service Award to TTI Senior Research Engineer Kay Fitzpatrick.

After more than 30 years of having her as a member—including serving on various committees—the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) honored Senior Research Engineer Kay Fitzpatrick of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute with the Burton W. Marsh Distinguished Service Award during its Annual Meeting and Exhibit in August. Named after Marsh, a founder and past … Read More

International Conference Highlights Women’s Issues in Transportation

WIIT: Women's Issues in Transportation logo

The discussion of women’s issues in transportation has come a long way since the first conference on the subject in 1978. The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Women’s Issues in Transportation Committee has been at the forefront, identifying and advancing needed research, facilitating ongoing communication and coordination on key topics, and partnering with other organizations to move research results into practice and to share experiences. … Read More

Carlson Attends FHWA Visibility Workshop

TTI Senior Research Engineer Paul Carlson presenting at a visibility workshop.

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Senior Research Engineer Paul Carlson recently attended a workshop in McLean, VA, that focused on roadway visibility. The workshop, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), was titled “Breakthroughs in Vision and Visibility for Highway Safety” and was held August 13–14. According to Carlson, the workshop was a good opportunity … Read More