Event Aims to Educate College-age Students on Preventing Impaired Driving

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The U in the Driver Seat program and Texas Department of Transportation teamed up on March 28 and 29 for the inaugural Peer-to-Peer Impaired Driving Prevention Symposium at Texas State University. The event aimed to educate college-aged students about the impaired driving problem and introduce peer-driven efforts that can be used at colleges and universities … Read More

Carpool Ridesharing App Project Underway

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The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), with support from the Federal Highway Administration’s Value Pricing Pilot Program, recently began a multi-year study to test the use of real-time ridesharing technology to verify the occupancy of a vehicle and to evaluate the effects of toll discounts. The project is being conducted jointly with the Central Texas … Read More

TTI Advises Traveling Public to Utilize Information Available for 96-mile Construction Zone Between Hillsboro and Salado

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The I-35 corridor is getting an overhaul between Hillsboro and Salado. There is new traveler information available to you. Frequent night time lane closures in this span of construction could cause some travel delay to Dallas, Austin and San Antonio I-35 commuters who travel through this area. As motorists who regularly travel I-35 through Central … Read More

Rural Roadway Signage: When Brighter Is Not Always Better

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Ever since agencies started using uniform traffic signs, the conventional thinking concerning nighttime visibility is that brighter is better. But a recent Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) research project revealed that signs along rural highways can be so bright that they cause disability glare to the point of reduced hazard detection distances, which can be … Read More

TTI Director Emeritus Herb Richardson Inducted into Texas Transportation Hall of Honor

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Herb Richardson, director emeritus of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) was inducted as the 39th member of the Texas Transportation Hall of Honor during a Feb. 19 ceremony at TTI. Established in 2000 to recognize those individuals who played significant roles in the development and advancement of Texas transportation, the Hall of Honor is … Read More

Probation Officers Receive Ignition Interlock Device, Alcohol Training

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Alcohol use plays a factor in nearly half of all crimes committed in Texas. Maury Dennis, senior research scientist with the Center for Alcohol and Drug Education Studies at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), cites this as one reason Texas probation officers have such a heavy workload. Dennis is beginning his third year organizing … Read More

Carlson Honored with Regents Fellow Service Award

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Paul Carlson, Ph.D., P.E., research engineer and head of the Operations and Design Division at TTI, has been presented with the Regents Fellow Service Award from the Texas A&M System Board of Regents. The award honors professionals in the eight A&M System agriculture and engineering agencies and is presented annually “to recognize and honor service, … Read More

TTI and UMTRI Form Alliance

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It’s the best of both worlds as the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) have joined forces in redefining transportation for a connected and automated world. The recently-formed initiative, named the LINK Alliance, is a combined effort to collaborate on new transportation research connecting people, vehicles and roadways in … Read More

TTI Researchers Contribute to the 2014 TRB Annual Meeting

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Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) researchers joined nearly 12,000 attendees from around the world at the 93rd annual meeting of the National Academy’s Transportation Research Board (TRB) Jan. 12-16 in Washington, D.C. This year’s attendance set a new record. “TTI researchers continue to play leadership roles in all aspects of TRB,” notes Katie Turnbull, TTI … Read More

TTI Research Sponsors Potentially Eligible for New Research and Development Tax Incentives

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Effective January 1, 2014, House Bill (HB) 800, passed by the Texas Legislature last year, created new tax incentives to attract research and development (R&D) activities to Texas. HB 800 allows taxable entities a choice between a sales tax exemption for materials, software and equipment used for R&D purposes and a state franchise tax credit … Read More