Laura L. Higgins

Higgins, Laura

Associate Research Scientist

Human Factors - Gilchrist, Room 115
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Texas A&M University System
3135 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3135
ph. (979) 845-8109 Ext. 58109 · fax (979) 845-4872
l-higgins@tamu.edu

Short Biography

Laura Higgins is an Associate Research Scientist in the Center for Transportation Safety, Human Factors Program. Her work has included developing guidelines for the design of transit passenger information services, for the development of transit safety and emergency plans, and for regional coordination of transit services. Safety-related research includes an assessment of Texas drivers' perceptions of risk and night-time visibility testing of roadway signs and markings. Ms. Higgins has experience in developing questions and scripts for surveys and interviews and in conducting surveys and test procedures involving drivers, transit riders, and pedestrians. In 2004 she participated in TTI's safety evaluation of the Houston METRORail light rail line, helping to formulate recommendations for improving the safety of METRORail through changes to traffic controls and rail operations. She subsequently participated in a follow-up study on traffic safety devices along the METRORail line.

Ms. Higgins has also conducted research in transportation planning and in air quality policy, including the TxDOT project 'Smart Growth, Texas Style,' which documented ways in which states and state DOTs can influence development to benefit state and local interests; technical support to the TxDOT/TCEQ Air Quality Policy Steering Committee; and technical support to the Drive Clean Across Texas air quality public outreach campaign.

Ms. Higgins holds a B.S. in Bioengineering and an M.S. in Industrial Engineering/Human Factors, both from Texas A&M University.

Education

  • M.S., Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1993.
  • B.S., Bioengineering, Texas A&M University, 1991.

Experience

  • Associate Research Scientist, System Planning, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, August 2004 - Present.
  • Assistant Research Scientist, System Planning, Texas Transportation Institute, June 1994 - August 2004.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Texas Transportation Institute, March 1993 - June 1994.

Affiliations

  • Member, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Member, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), Texas Chapter.

Selected Publications

G.L. Ullman, R.E. Brydia, A.A. Nelson, L.L. Higgins, R.T. Baker, T.S. Geiselbrecht. Graphical Route Information Panel Signs for Southbound I-35 and SH 130 Travel through Austin. 409175-6. March 2014.

P.J. Carlson, M.P. Pratt, L.L. Higgins, A.A. Nelson. Traffic Control Device Evaluation Program: Technical Report. 9-1001-4. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. January 2014.

P.A. Turner, L.L. Higgins. Evaluation of the Measures and the Development of a Plan to Reduce the Number and Mitigate the Severity of Crashes Involving Motorcyclists on Texas Highways. PSR. 0-6712-S. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2013.

P.A. Turner, L.L. Higgins, S.R. Geedipally. Development of a Statewide Motorcycle Safety Plan for Texas: Technical Report. 0-6712-1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. June 2013.

P.A. Turner, L.L. Higgins. Texas Strategic Action Plan for Motorcycles 2013 - 2018. 0-6712-P2. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. June 2013.

P.A. Turner, L.L. Higgins, M.E. Perez. Texas Motorcycle Crash Countermeasure Workshop. 0-6712-P1. Texas A&M Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. June 2013.

P.J. Carlson, L.L. Higgins, J.M. Re. Development of a Statewide Sign Maintenance Program. 0-6408-S. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2012.

P.J. Carlson, L.L. Higgins, J.M. Re. Research and Recommendations for a Statewide Sign Retroreflectivity Maintenance Program. 0-6408-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. April 2012.

K. Fitzpatrick, S.T. Chrysler, S.R. Sunkari, J.M. Cooper, B. Park, L.L. Higgins. Evaluation of Modern Traffic Control Devices to Improve Safety at Rural Intersections. 0-6462-S. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2011.

J.R. Harding, M. Elizer, J. Alderman, M.J. Frankel, S.T. Chrysler, C.M. Poe, L.L. Higgins, C.P. Beaty, L. Theiss, A. Smiley, T. Smahel, J.A. Pangburn, C. Berger, T. Esch. Wayfinding and Signing Guidelines for Airport Terminals and Landside. ACRP Report. 52. Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC. 2011.

K.N. Balke, L.L. Higgins, S.T. Chrysler, G. Pesti, N.A. Chaudhary, R.E. Brydia. Signing Guidelines for Flooding Conditions and Warrants for Flooded Conditions Detection Systems. 0-6262-S. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2011.

K. Fitzpatrick, S.T. Chrysler, S.R. Sunkari, J.M. Cooper, B. Park, L.L. Higgins. Modern Traffic Control Devices to Improve Safety at Rural Intersections. 0-6462-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. December 2011.

K.N. Balke, L.L. Higgins, S.T. Chrysler, G. Pesti, N.A. Chaudhary, R.E. Brydia. Signing Strategies for Low-Water and Flood-Prone Highway Crossings. 0-6262-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. November 2011.

L.L. Higgins, J.E. Warner, C.A. Morgan, P.J. Dunham. Examining Long-Distance Express Buses as an Extension of and Feeder to Passenger Rail Systems. UTCM 10-44-53. University Transportation Center for Mobility, Texas Transportation Institute. March 2011.

C. Morgan, J.E. Warner, A.A. Protopapas, J.D. Borowiec, L.L. Higgins, T.B. Carlson, B.R. Sperry. Potential Development of an Intercity Passenger Transit System in Texas. 0-5930-S. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. 2010.

C.A. Morgan, B.R. Sperry, J.E. Warner, A.A. Protopapa, J.D. Borowiec, L.L. Higgins, T.B. Carlson. Potential Development of an Intercity Passenger Transit System in Texas - Final Project Report. 0-5930-2. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. May 2010.

B.S. Bochner, L.L. Higgins, W.E. Frawley. Handbook: Guidelines for Successful Location and Accommodation of Major Distribution Centers on Texas Highways. 0-5335-P1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. April 2010.

B.S. Bochner, L.L. Higgins, W.E. Frawley. Teaming for Success--TxDOT is Here to Help. 0-5335-P3. Texas Transportation Institute, Arlington, TX. April 2010.

B.S. Bochner, L.L. Higgins, W.E. Frawley, R. Cheu. Research Report: Guidance on Mitigating Impacts of Large Distribution Centers on Texas Highways. 0-5335-1. Texas Transportation Institute, College Station, TX. January 2010.