Tooley Named ARTBA Vice Chairman at Large


Melissa Tooley, director of external initiatives at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), has been elected vice chairman at large for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Results of the nominating process were announced during ARTBA’s National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 8-12. Tooley’s election represents the first time a TTI employee has … Read More

87th Annual Transportation Short Course Highlights TTI-TxDOT Partnership

87th Annual Transportation Short Course - logo

Every element of Texas transportation will be discussed during the 87th Annual Short Course as nearly 2,000 transportation professionals gather on the Texas A&M University campus Oct. 15-16. Breakout sessions will examine the latest research on topics like roadway design, maintenance and pavement management, rail, work zone safety and speed limits, just to name a … Read More

Zachry Department of Civil Engineering to Hold its Twenty-First Buchanan Lecture

Zachary Department of Civil Engineering--Texas A&M Engineering

Texas A&M University, Zachry Department of Civil Engineering will hold its Twenty-first Buchanan Lecture on the 22 of November 2013 at the College Station Hilton at 2:00p.m. in the Brazos Amphitheater.  The 2013 Buchanan Lecturer is Dr. Andrew Whittle, the Edmund K. Turner Professor, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts … Read More

TTI Featured on Discovery Canada

TTI Researcher Matt Robinson being interviewed

Recently, Discovery Channel Daily Planet Tech Correspondent Lucas Cochran visited the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI) Proving Grounds to film a Future Tech segment on portable barriers. Portable barriers have the potential to save state DOTs time and money, as they can be manufactured off-site and quickly installed. TTI Senior Research Specialist Matt Robinson was … Read More

Fatal Crash Risk For Teens With Passengers Rising, Even as Traffic Deaths Show 10-Year Decline

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New research suggests that novice teenage drivers (age 15-17) are about eight times more likely than young adult drivers (age 18-24) to have a fatal crash if teenage passengers are in the motor vehicle. Moreover, that teen passenger risk has grown greater over the past decade, even as total numbers of crash deaths have dropped … Read More

TTI Hosts Infrastructure Maintenance Symposium

DBi Symposium participants view a recently-crashed guardrail.

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute recently hosted DBi Services’ 9th annual Infrastructure Maintenance Symposium. The symposium was held August 27–28 and showcased the latest developments and technologies in the fields of infrastructure maintenance, operations and management. The two-day symposium featured educational breakout sessions on topics that focused on the current state-of-the-practice in transportation infrastructure maintenance. … Read More

TTI Helps METRO Hear from Riders, Including Those with Disabilities

METRO buses parked in front of stop

The number of people with disabilities requesting transportation assistance from the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County’s (METRO’s) METROLift services has grown significantly in recent years. This increase has prompted the transit agency to consider a change in its paratransit policies and practices to balance quality of service with financial sustainability. Researchers with the Texas … Read More

New SEC Lab Making it Rain

Panoramic view of sediment erosion control laboratory

The expanded Sediment Erosion Control (SEC) Laboratory officially opened its sprayers on September 4 marking the completion of a year-long construction project that more than doubles the capabilities of the research facility.  The grand opening was celebrated with a two-day event that also featured a sediment and erosion control workshop. During her remarks, Texas A&M … Read More

Briaud Presents Louis Menard Lecture in Paris, France


It was serendipitous that Jean-Louis Briaud, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Program manager at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, found himself presenting the prestigious Louis Menard Lecture in Paris, France, September 2. The annual lecture is part of the International Conference of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Forty years ago, as a young civil engineering lecturer at … Read More