Christiansen Editorial in the Texas Lyceum Journal Focuses on Transportation Infrastructure

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Dennis Christiansen, agency director of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI), recently wrote an editorial for the 2012-2013 Texas Lyceum journal. The editorial examines the state of transportation in Texas, where rapid growth and shrinking resources have stretched the transportation infrastructure to its limits, threatening the state’s economy and quality of life. The full text … Read More

Traffic Safety Conference Breaks Attendance Record

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A record number of people attended this year’s Traffic Safety Conference, organized by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Center for Transportation Safety (CTS). More than 300 people attended the statewide event in San Antonio, Texas, May 12–14. The event, now in its sixth year, usually attracts about 200 people. “We tried to expand and diversify … Read More

Villa Presents on Trade Growth, Border Issues at NAFTANEXT Summit

NAFTA collage with the Mexican, Canadian and American flags

On January 1, 1994, a landmark free-trade agreement known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada and Mexico took effect. One of the main objectives of the free-trade agreement was to eliminate tariff barriers, as well as non-tariff barriers, on goods and services within 15 years. NAFTA created the … Read More

ARTBA Women Leaders Council Featured in U.S. DOT’s Public Roads Magazine

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The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) Women Leaders Council was recently featured in U.S. DOT’s Public Roads magazine – the article “Making Inroads for Women in Transportation” is co-written by Susan Kurland, Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. Created in 1902, ARTBA is a federation with the primary goal of aggressively growing … Read More

Safetynet | 2014, Vol. 1 Now Available

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The newest issue of the Center for Transportation Safety’s newsletter is available. Sign up to receive Safetynet via email. In this issue: Texas drivers report improvements in some safety behaviors Meet Mike Manser CTS researcher teaches child passenger safety in Puerto Rico CTS expands research opportunities through new ATLAS Center Register for the 2014 Traffic Safety Conference

TTI Researchers Identify Elusive Relationship Between Safety and Pavement Marking Brightness

Roadway at night with bright pavement markings

In what is described as a key breakthrough regarding safer nighttime driving, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) researchers have identified a technique for developing safety-based retroreflectivity criteria for pavement markings. The technique, described in a Transportation Research Board paper submitted by TTI Senior Research Engineer Paul Carlson and TTI Associate Research Scientist Raul Avelar, quantifies … Read More

New Study: “Other Drivers” Are a Bigger Threat on the Road

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Three-fourths of Texas drivers in a recent survey say they have talked on a cell phone behind the wheel within the past month, about the same number as those who reported speeding. Nearly half say they have texted while driving, slightly more than the number who ran a stop sign or red light. Financial services … Read More

Business Aviation, Airport Marketing Key Topics at Texas Aviation Conference

Photo taken from back of room at the audience during the morning session of the Texas Aviation Conference.

Spreading the word about the importance of business aviation and airport marketing were key topics at the 2014 Texas Aviation Conference. This year’s conference had over 500 attendees, and for the first time in its 32-year history, was held in Dallas. Conference participants included airport sponsors, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) employees, consultants, contractors and … Read More

National Work Zone Awareness Week Focuses on Speed

2014 National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11

Roadway work zones are hazardous both for motorists who navigate through lane changes and slowed speeds and for the dedicated workers whose office is often mere feet away from moving vehicles. Each year in April, National Work Zone Awareness Week is held to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. … Read More

Early Registration Extended For the 2014 Traffic Safety Conference

Traffic Safety Conference Save the Date May 12-14, 2014. Westin Riverwalk, 420 W Market St., San Antonio, TX.

The early registration period for the 2014 Traffic Safety Conference has been extended through Friday, April 11. This year’s conference, held at the Westin Riverwalk – San Antonio, will include three workshops, 16 breakout session and student poster presentations on safety research. The breakout sessions will be on a variety of topics, including: Teen driving Motorcycle … Read More