The idea of engaging the public on decisions about how to spend public transportation dollars seems perfectly reasonable, but it’s not how things were always done. Senior Research Scientist Tina Geiselbrecht tells us how federal legislation 30 years ago made transportation planning a lot more user-focused.
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Volume 57, Number 3 (2021) Adobe PDF version Inside This Issue: Urban Mobility Report 2021 – Congestion was Flattened in 2020: COVID-19 Made Traffic Congestion Disappear but Not for Long A Tale of Two Problems: 2021 Virtual Traffic Safety Conference Addresses COVID-19’s Impact on Traffic Safety Fatalities In the Fight: TTI, Team Study How Transportation […]
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) hosted the first ever hybrid Transportation Short Course Oct. 11–13 both virtually and on the Texas A&M University Campus. This year’s event marked 95 years of Transportation Short Course in the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT’s) history. The 2021 event had 1,538 in-person attendees and 1,878 virtual participants. “It’s […]
TTI Senior Research Engineer and Director of External Initiatives Melissa Tooley published a column in the September/October issue of Transportation Builder magazine, published by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). In the column, she recounts her personal experiences in entering the civil engineering field as one of just a few women seeking engineering […]
“Safer by Design” Tool Aims to Save Lives on Texas Rural Roadways The Roadway Safety Foundation has honored the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) with a 2021 National Roadway Safety Award. The foundation lauded the TxDOT-sponsored, TTI-developed “Safer by Design” tool, a user-friendly innovation roadway designers can use […]
The electrification of the medium- and large-truck fleet is driven by both business interests and climate concerns, and it’s boosted by leaps in battery and charging technology. Senior Research Scientist Allan Rutter explains how the transformation of what powers freight delivery may come sooner than many of us ever thought possible.
The number of electric cars and trucks on our roadways is growing, and the pace of that growth is accelerating. Are we ready for that? TTI Assistant Director Joe Zietsman and Research Scientist Ann Xu talk about the pros and cons of battery-driven travel, which can be more complex than they might seem.
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) and Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering now offer an online Master of Engineering degree in Engineering for Transportation Professionals. Designed specifically for transportation professionals currently in management or who desire to achieve a management position, the degree provides students with the background and skills to become better managers […]
Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Senior Research Engineer Kay Fitzpatrick led the team that wrote the recently published National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 966, Posted Speed Limit Setting Procedure and Tool: User Guide. Fitzpatrick’s co-authors include Subasish Das, associate research scientist, and Michael P. Pratt, assistant research engineer, both in TTI’s Roadway […]
Travel for many of us has become more convenient, affordable, productive and, in some cases, more enjoyable than ever. But not everyone enjoys the benefits of options like bike sharing, ride hailing, and e-scooters. TTI Research Scientist Ipek Sener helps us understand how underserved populations are missing out on the promise of life-enhancing transportation technologies.
For the second year in a row, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) hosted the virtual Traffic Safety Conference, held July 14–16, 2021. Supported by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the event focused on high-priority safety issues and innovative solutions to end the streak of daily fatal crashes in Texas. This year’s conference also […]
John Habermann, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) research engineer, recently coauthored the article “The Contribution of State and Local DOTs to Disrupting Human Trafficking” in the June 2021 issue of the ITE Journal published by the Institute of Transportation Engineers. The publication reaches nearly 16,000 subscribers. The article defines human trafficking as the “recruitment, harboring, […]
America’s worst public health crisis in a century flattened roadway congestion to levels not seen in 40 years, but the respite was short lived, according to the 2021 Urban Mobility Report (UMR) from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). In the pandemic shutdown of spring 2020, daily commuter traffic dropped by almost half compared to […]
Alkali–silica reactions (ASRs) cause cracking issues in precast concrete bridge structures. In collaboration with Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Assistant Research Scientist Kai-Wei Liu, TTI Senior Research Scientist Anol Mukhopadhyay developed two ASR test methods now accepted as American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) standards, as well as a four-step process for […]
With 384 attendees this year, the fifth annual 2021 Texas Child Passenger Safety Conference helped child passenger safety technicians (CPSTs) stay informed on the latest research and best practices aimed at keeping our most precious cargo safe when traveling. The conference also provided participants with continuing education credits for CPST recertification. Sponsored by the Texas […]
Dixon Awarded 2021 ITE Safety Council Ricker Award TTI Senior Research Engineer Karen Dixon is the 2021 recipient of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Safety Council Edmund R. Ricker Individual Award. Named for Edmund R. Ricker, president of ITE in 1967 and author of numerous traffic safety books and research papers, the award recognizes […]
Download, listen, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Every other week, we interview a TTI expert or special guest on a wide range of transportation topics and discuss how those topics impact the average person. When Captives Become Cargo How transportation professionals can disrupt human trafficking. Episode 13 An efficient transportation network is central […]
Introducing an online Master of Engineering degree in Engineering for transportation professionals starting this fall. This groundbreaking program is presented to the transportation community by the Texas A&M University College of Engineering in collaboration with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. On this page: For More Information For more information: For more information on the online […]
When I was a kid in 1970s Long Island, N.Y., I’d regularly ride along the Southern State Parkway with my parents. Running east to west for 25-plus miles required a 10-cent toll in both directions. Even to my pre-teen mind that seemed a bit onerous, having to dig a dime out each way. I joined […]