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

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month graphic

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. www.tti.tamu.edu/cts.

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

Brydia Article Featured in ITS International

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Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Research Scientist Bob Brydia recently wrote an article for the ITS International magazine about the traveller information system for the I-35 project. TxDOT is using an advanced construction traveller information system to keep the public informed and enhance safety and mobility during the multiple years of construction. TTI was contracted to … Read More

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

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

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

Vehicle passenger in the backseat using a smartphone app.

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

Person viewing the I-35 traveler map on an iPad.

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