Research Is Another Resource Texans Can Rely On

oil pump at sunset

Texas is a resource-rich state. Blessed with oil and natural gas reserves, Texas has been a principal supplier of natural resources for the nation for more than a century. Although resource development is always welcome — and a boon to the state’s economy — planning for it can be challenging. New discoveries of oil and … Read More

Dredging Up Business: TxDOT Considers Maintenance Options for the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Texas

barge travelling Texas' portion of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) stretches 1,100 miles, from St. Marks, Florida, to Brownsville, Texas. The waterway’s 379-mile Texas portion (the GIWW-T) links 11 deep-draft ports and 13 shallow-draft ports and handles two-thirds of the entire waterway’s traffic. In 2012, 90 percent of GIWW-T freight was classified as petroleum and chemical related. Maintaining the GIWW-T … Read More

TTI, TxDOT Team Up to Test Connected-Vehicle Technology

Connected-vehicle technology along higway with a long-haul commercial truck passing behind it.

Connected vehicles are coming. The transportation industry is already working on standards and prototypes. And part of developing them is testing to ensure the future of transportation is as safe, efficient and reliable as possible. A portion of I-35 could soon become a national test bed for connected-vehicle research, thanks in part to a four-year … Read More

Time Is Money: Cutting Shipping Times Without Compromising Security

aerial view of Texas/Mexico border crossing

Getting goods to market incurs costs for manufacturers, costs inevitably passed on to consumers. But if manufacturers paid less through expedited shipping practices, consumers could benefit too. Researchers with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI’s) Center for International Intelligent Transportation Research have studied how goods are shipped from maquilas (Spanish for “manufacturers”) in Ciudad Juarez, … Read More

TTI-Developed Sugar Land Rail-Monitoring System Reestablished

BNSF train

The Sugar Land rail-monitoring system is back in operation, alerting emergency personnel of approaching trains along a 6-mile section of US 90-A. This is the same system that is credited with averting a disaster in 2003 when police dispatchers were able to notify rail officials that a truck containing sodium hydroxide was stalled on a … Read More