The contract, which could provide as much as $50 million in funding over the next five years, supports the FHWA’s Office of Safety R&D in its efforts to determine why traffic crashes occur and understand what affects the severity of injury outcomes.
“For more than 65 years, TTI has been a leader in the highway safety and highway infrastructure areas through successful implementation of innovative research,” says TTI Senior Research Engineer Kay Fitzpatrick, who will serve as the project’s co-principal investigator, along with TTI Senior Research Scientist Sue Chrysler. “For this contract, TTI assembled and will lead a carefully chosen team that offers the best from both the academic and consulting worlds with the added implementation and outreach capabilities of one of the largest international communities of transportation professionals, the Institute of Transportation Engineers.”
The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), recognized worldwide as a leader in workforce training, is also a team member.
“This is a tremendous award for TTI and Texas A&M University’s engineering program,” says M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of Texas A&M Engineering. “TTI, along with TEEX and other project partners, has an opportunity to significantly improve traffic safety for our nation’s roadways and save many lives in the process.”
More than 168,000 people representing every U.S. state and territory and 82 countries are served annually through TEEX’s on-site and online resources for specialties from homeland security to economic development and workforce training.
“This is a great chance for us to partner with TTI,” says TEEX Director Gary Sera. “Our mission at TEEX is to make a difference by providing training, developing practical solutions and saving lives. This award allows us to do just that.”
The contract complements another that was awarded last year to TTI from FHWA’s Office of Safety for up to $19 million. For the next five years, TTI is the only university-led team working in conjunction with both of these offices to help make the nation’s roadways safer.
“TTI is happy to be providing support to both the research and implementation arms of FHWA’s safety program. Working with both groups enables us to understand agency priorities and safety goals,” says Chrysler. “We will work with FHWA Safety R&D to conduct research to evaluate safety countermeasures, and with the FHWA Office of Safety to develop and refine programs for states and other stakeholders to implement the countermeasures.”
The FHWA Offices of Safety and Safety R&D work together to make highway travel safer by conducting research to develop, evaluate, and employ lifesaving countermeasures, advance the use of scientific methods and data-driven decisions, foster a safety culture, and promote a multidisciplinary approach to safety.
“Around the world, TTI is recognized as a leader in highway safety research, often pushing the envelope and innovating new technology, methods, and hardware to improve highway safety,” says TTI Senior Research Engineer Paul Carlson. “TTI’s vast array of highway safety experts, and its state-of-the-art research facilities, along with other Texas A&M University System partners such as TEEX, provide the FHWA with direct access to some of the most experienced transportation researchers in the country and the most advanced research tools available today.”