TTI Senior Research EngineerInterdisciplinary Research Group
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
505 East Huntland Drive
(512) 407-1114 x12114
- M.Eng., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1984
- B.S., Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1983
Ginger Goodin is a Senior Research Engineer in TTI's Austin Office, where she has spearheaded leading-edge research and supported the practical application of innovative strategies with Central Texas transportation agencies since 1996. She serves as the Director of the Transportation Policy Research Center at TTI, supporting the Texas State Legislature with objective, data-driven transportation policy research in the areas of finance, freight, congestion, public engagement and technology. Ms. Goodin has 30 years of broad experience in all areas of roadway planning, development, maintenance and operations and has led diverse research for TTI on the forefront of emerging topics, including congestion pricing, managed lanes, mileage-based user fees, and automated vehicles.
As Policy Center Director, Ms. Goodin provides strategic direction for automated and connected vehicle research studies performed under the center. She has been invited as a speaker and thought leader on the topic of state and local policy implications of automated vehicles, covering issues ranging from the multiplicity of policy roles to infrastructure investment opportunities for connected automation. She serves on several national research committees related to innovations in technology and transportation.
Ginger was the regional coordinator for the Mobility Investment Priorities Project (Rider 42), a program established by the Texas Legislature in 2011 to address the most congested corridors in the state. Ms. Goodin served as TTI's lead researcher and facilitator for the Austin region, working with TTI subject matter experts, local elected leadership, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and local agencies to prioritize $31 million in bond funding for engineering and feasibility studies, and to identify innovative strategies for traffic and demand management on six area corridors that are among the 50 most congested in the state. She co-led a team of researchers that constructed a state-of-the-art, multi-resolution model of the Austin roadway network to test alternative congestion-reduction projects for I-35 in support of regional policy development.
Ginger is past chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Managed Lanes. Ms. Goodin has both led and participated in several research teams that have conducted federally-funded congestion pricing studies in Texas, including those associated with managed lanes in Houston, San Antonio, and Austin, and has provided expertise on managed lanes development in Maryland, Virginia, Nevada, Kansas and Washington State. She supervised a TxDOT research effort to evaluate the Katy (I-10) Managed Lanes in Houston.
Ginger has also led research in the emerging area of mileage and VMT-based revenue generating mechanisms since 2006. She supervised three studies exploring public perceptions, alternative technology solutions and institutional issues associated with mileage-based fees under the sponsorship of the University Transportation Center for Mobility at TTI. Ms. Goodin served as principal investigator for a USDOT study on road user fee collection technologies, and she provides technical support and policy research expertise to the Texas State Legislature as the state considers vehicle mileage fees as a long-term option to replace the state fuel tax.
She attended Texas A&M University, receiving her bachelor of science in civil engineering and masters of engineering in civil engineering. She is a registered professional engineer in Texas and is a member of the Leadership Texas Class of 2010.