Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Toward Designing Pedestrian-Friendly Vehicles

The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has released a report that identifies common pedestrian injuries and their causes and examines vehicle designs for the purpose of improving pedestrian safety.

Public Bikesharing in North America: Early Operator and User Understanding

The Mineta Transportation Institute has released a report that evaluates public bikesharing in North America, reviews the advances in technology, and summarizes major events during its rapid expansion.

Value Pricing and Traffic Reduction Incentives

The University Transportation Research Center - Region 2 has released a report that examines, through a hypothetical example, the effects on congestion in the slow lanes when additional toll revenues (value pricing) are combined with peak traffic reduction (incentives).

Review of Bus Rapid Transit Projects and Their Contributions to Economic Development

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report that examines (1) features included in bus rapid transit (BRT) projects funded by the Federal Transit Administration; (2) BRT project performance in terms of ridership and service and how they compare to rail transit projects; (3) how BRT-projects’ costs differ from rail transit project costs; and (4) the extent to which BRT projects provide economic development and other benefits.

Research Pays Off: Safety Effectiveness of the HAWK or Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon

Compared with a traffic signal, the HAWK beacon provides faster service to pedestrians and less delay to motorists—drivers are allowed to proceed on the flashing red after pedestrians have crossed their half of the roadway; moreover, the beacon costs about half as much as a traffic signal. As a result, the pedestrian hybrid beacon is rapidly gaining acceptance.

APTA ITS Best Practices Workshop - August 2012

Looking to the Future of Transit Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

The second 2012 International ITS Best Practices Workshop will be held on August 27-28, 2012 (Monday-Tuesday), at the Hilton Back Bay in Boston, MA.


Cameras Are Cyclists’ ‘Black Boxes’ in Accidents

WASHINGTON — When Evan Wilder went flying onto the pavement during his bicycle commute one morning here, he didn’t have time to notice the license plate of the pickup truck that had sideswiped him after its driver hurled a curse at him. Nor did a witness driving another car. But the video camera Mr. Wilder had strapped to his head caught the whole episode. After watching a recording of the incident later, Mr. Wilder gave the license plate number to the police and a suspect was eventually charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Facebook helps Delhi Traffic Police nail roadhogs, 725 cops among 22,000 booked in 2 yrs

The fact that the force's FB page has attracted over 1.23 lakh members is also ample evidence that this unique experiment to open a real-time, two-way communication channel with civic-minded residents of the Capital is a runaway hit. It has enabled road-users to interface smoothly with the traffic police by bypassing bureaucratic bottlenecks. Joint commissioner of police, traffic, Satyendra Garg said Delhiites had become familiar with the participatory policing platform over a period and were actively reporting violations on the road now. "They upload incriminating pictures and other details pertaining to various type of traffic offences, on whose basis the traffic police shoot off challans," the traffic police chief observed.

Monday, July 30, 2012

ITS JPO Publication: Vision and Operational Concept for Enabling Advanced Traveler Information Services: Market Readiness Assessment (EnableATIS)

The purpose of this market readiness assessment is to identify next steps for USDOT to research, demonstrate and advance the objectives of EnableATIS. This will include demonstrating those key concepts that will be within the USDOT and agency sphere of influence for a next generation traveler information environment. Furthermore, it will be essential to demonstrate successful public-private partnering for data sharing, information delivery and other aspects of traveler information in a new and emerging data and technology environment

U.S.DOT to Host Public Webinar to Discuss Connected Vehicle Applications for Traffic Management

The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S.DOT) will be hosting a free public webinar on August 9, 2012 from 1:00-5:00pm (EST) to provide updates and promote lively discussion on the Intelligent Network Flow Optimization (INFLO) concept...
INFLO is a collection of high-priority transformative applications identified by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Mobility program that relate to improving roadway throughput and reducing crashes through the use of frequently collected and rapidly disseminated mulch-source data drawn from connected travelers, vehicles, and infrastructure.

GM wants to use smartphones to prevent pedestrian fatalities

GM announced today that its researchers are currently working to use Wi-Fi Direct technology to detect smartphone-carrying pedestrians and bicyclists. The automaker hopes to use this technology to reduce traffic fatalities by alerting drivers with a visual or aural notification when a pedestrian is nearby. Wi-Fi Direct allows the detection of nearby devices in about one second instead of the seven or eight required by traditional wireless systems, and GM's goal is to integrate this technology into previously existing driver alert systems.

New aircraft capable of fast, accurate and repeatable flight

MIT- Tedrake and the Robot Locomotion Group, his research group at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), recently unveiled a video of a new computer-controlled aircraft that is able to accurately perform knife-edge turns, rolling 90 degrees to dart through an opening narrower than the aircraft’s wingspan. This research is part of a five-year multi-research initiative funded by the Office of Naval Research, led by Tedrake and involving researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard, MIT, New York University and Stanford University, to develop a bird-sized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of fast, accurate and repeatable flight at speeds of 10-15 meters per second. The aircraft developed by Tedrake and his team can currently operate at speeds of up to 7-8 meters per second.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tech Titans Find Pittsburgh an Ideal Spot to Grow Innovative Companies

Did you know that Pittsburgh is the only place in the world with an R&D center for Apple, Google, Microsoft, Intel and Disney? While the region has attracted these IT heavy-hitters — in part because of the wealth of talent emerging from such universities as Carnegie Mellon and Pitt — it is also home-growing fresh IT pioneers whose work is turning heads at international consumer electronics shows and beyond.

Researchers suggest subsidies and policies targeting plug-ins with small battery packs would produce more benefits at lower cost

Federal subsidies and policies to encourage plug-in vehicle adoption would produce more benefits at lower cost by targeting the purchase of vehicles with small battery packs, according to Jeremy J. Michalek, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University and his colleagues Mikhail Chester, an assistant professor at Arizona State University; and Constantine Samaras, an engineer at the RAND Corporation.

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Develop Approach To Improve Emergency Medical Services in Developing Countries

Krishnan and iLab researchers Lavanya Marla and Yisong Yue used call and service logs from an emergency services provider in a large Asian city that captured location (urban, rural or tribal), time stamps, type of emergency, type of service required, ambulances assigned to the calls and the travel times experienced by these ambulances in the city. The researchers found that their methods for dynamically redeploying ambulances based on data analytics helped significantly reduce the response time to an emergency, while also decreasing the number of calls not serviced by nearly 50 percent.

The study was done through the Mobility Analytics thrust of the Heinz College’s iLab. Krishnan added that the research findings might be useful in other application contexts such as those being studied by CMU’s Traffic 21 program, which works to design and deploy safer and more economic transportation solutions, and the University Transportation Center, a collaborative effort between CMU and the University of Pennsylvania that will explore cutting-edge technologies that could influence everything from vehicle safety to traffic flow analysis.


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

China Crowdmaps Pedestrian and Cyclist Problem Areas

While Chinese city-building has put much effort into building the highways and roads of a thoroughly car-dependent society, the Chinese government is not ignorant of the potential downsides of focusing on building infrastructure for automobiles and mostly ignoring pedestrians and bicyclists. The government wants to know where sidewalks and bike lanes are insufficient, and they've turned to the Chinese people to tell them. A new crowdsourcing website seeks to tap into the wisdom of Chinese pedestrians and cyclists to identify areas in need of repair or improvement in Beijing.

An Overview of Google's Driverless Car Patents

According to Steve van Dulken of BL Research Service, five patents have been filed and only one has been granted so far. The only patent granted so far is entitled Transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode, which we reported on shortly after it was published by the USPTO last December. Four more patents are currently pending: 1. Traffic Signal Mapping and Detection
2. Zone Driving
3. Diagnosis and repair for autonomous vehicles
4. System and method for predicting behaviors of detected objects

Biometric Soles: The Future of High-Tech Security?

The concept for these insoles builds on extensive research that shows each individual has unique feet and ways of walking. The biometric soles include several sensors designed to check the pressure of feet, monitor gait (i.e. the way of walking), and use a microcomputer to compare the patterns with those registered in a master file for that person. If the patterns match, no harm done. If not, a wireless alarm message can be triggered. "It's part of a shoe that you don't have to think about," said Marios Savvides, head of the new Pedo-Biometrics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, according to the Associated Press (AP).

Reason Foundation proposes $52 billion roadway plan for Chicago

The Reason Foundation transportation plan for Chicago includes:
• Regional High-Occupancy Toll Lanes Network: A 275-mile (1,100 lane miles), $12.0 billion network of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes that would add two priced lanes in each direction on I-294 (Tri-State Tollway), I-90 (Northwest Tollway), I-88 (East-West Tollway), and I-355 South of I-88. The toll rates in these lanes would vary, based on traffic conditions, to ensure they remain free flowing at all times.

World Bank Report: 75% of World Population Now Has Access to a Mobile Phone

Some 3/4 of the world’s human inhabitants now have access to a mobile phone, as the evolution of the wireless market is no longer “so much about the phone, but how it is used,” according to a World Bank-infoDev report released July 17. There were fewer than 1 billion global mobile phone subscriptions, pre- or post-paid, in 2000. That’s grown to more than 6 billion, nearly 5 billion of which are in developing countries. With multiple subscription ownership on the rise, active mobile subscriptions are likely to soon total more than the global human population, according to the World Bank and infoDev, its technology entrepreneurship and innovation program.

Seventh SHRP 2 Safety Research Symposium: Recordings Available

The Seventh SHRP 2 Safety Research Symposium was held on July 12 in Washington, D.C. The purpose of this symposium was to share our progress on SHRP 2 Safety projects. The keynote speaker for this year's symposium was Dr. David Shinar of Ben Gurion University. As before, this symposium served as a forum for the exchange of ideas among researchers and practitioners from the private and public sectors. The audience included influential attendees from academia, government, and private industry who are well placed to shape and promote future research in transportation safety. Selected recordings and PDFs of presentations are available on this page.

The Connected Vehicle

The World Road Association has released a report that provides an analysis of connected vehicle technology from different business perspectives, policy perspectives, and issues associated with the deployment of co-operative systems.

Evaluation of a Variable Speed Limit System for Wet and Extreme Weather Conditions: Phase 1 Report

The Oregon Department of Transportation has released a report that summarizes a literature review of types of variable speed limit (VSL) systems, provides an overview of sensor systems capable of providing roadway grip/friction measurements, and provides a concept of operations and requirements for the prospective VSL system.

Friday, July 20, 2012

NSW speed cameras lower crash rates

The New South Wales Government in Australia has published its first annual performance review of the state’s speed cameras, which follows last year’s report into the cameras by the NSW Auditor-General. The latest figures suggest that the cameras have overwhelmingly reduced the number of vehicle crashes and road fatalities across the state.

Cars Can Communicate With Each Other as They Go

This prototype is developed in the scope of the DRIVE-IN project, which involves the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto (FCUP), Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT), Universidade de Aveiro (UA), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the public institution IMTT, and companies like NDrive, Geolink, and RadiTaxis. It is supported by the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

Promising Policy Framework to Solve Transportation Energy Challenges: Leading research institutions release findings on Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Today's reports are from the National LCFS Project--collaboration among researchers from six top U.S. institutions--each looking at a different aspect of how a Low Carbon Fuel Standard would affect America's energy posture, national security, environment, and economy. The participating researchers are from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of California, the University of Illinois, the University of Maine, Carnegie Mellon University, and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Honda enters connected car race (with some help from smartphones)

Honda on Wednesday became the latest big automaker to unveil an in-car connected infotainment system. Called HondaLink, the platform uses Harman’s Aha technology to connect to reams of different content sources, ranging from Facebook newsfeeds to audiobook libraries and Internet radio, all of which drivers can activate through a touch of a button or voice command. Honda is releasing the platform this fall in the 2013 Honda Accord, but it is also customizing a special version of HondaLink for its Fit EV line of electric vehicles.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Touch and go: EU wants 'intelligent' transport systems

Transport and communications ministers meeting in Nicosia this week discussed the EU’s progress on mobilising intelligent transport systems, or ITS, to remove some of the frustrations regularly faced by travellers. Such hassles include not being able to plan connections between rail and bus services on transnational trips, or not getting real-time traffic and weather information.

Smart Cars Are Coming…. And They Will Need Smart Roads.

The greatest barrier to reaping phenomenal benefits in mobility, suggests Winston, is not the automobile manufacturers, “who have made one technological improvement after another since the car was introduced to consumers more than a century ago,” but the ability of roads, streets and highways to accommodate the new generation of super car.

MIT designs 'intelligent co-pilot' for cars

IT engineers have developed a semi-autonomous vehicle safety system that takes over if the driver does something stupid.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

SHRP 2 Releases 4 New Requests for Proposals

SHRP 2 has released 4 new RFPs, which are available on the following page. The proposals are due on August 28, 2012, at 4:30 PM.
C39A: Additional Pilot Tests to Improve TCAPP (Revised RFP)
C43: Second SHRP 2 Freight Modeling and Data Innovation Symposium
C46: Resource on Advanced Integrated Models and an Implementation Strategy
L35: Local Methods for Modeling, Economic Evaluation, Justification and Use of the Value of Travel Time Reliability in Transportation Decision Making

Mobile Geographic Information System (GIS) Solution for Pavement Condition Surveys

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that reviews the design and implementation of a software-based solution that will improve the data collection processes during pavement condition surveys.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Snake Robot From CMU Climbs Poles & Arms, Creeps Us Out!

Snake Robots from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) are all set to unleash their locomotion capabilities to climb, crawl or swim to places where a legged robot can’t. Creepy as it may seem, these Snakebots have now been trained to climb a pole or an arm without a jerk. Soon a day may come, when we see robotic sharks, rats and cockroaches a thing not to be gasped at.
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Ford is now a 'personal mobility' company: How the comeback kids are riding tech to a new destiny

In the final installment of this four-part series on Ford Motor Company's rise to become a 21st century tech powerhouse, we take a look at how Ford plans to use technology to address one of the planet's most important looming challenges in the decades ahead, and how the company is transforming itself in the process.

Cars may soon come with telltale black boxes

India - Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways C.P. Joshi mooted the need for the induction of technology at his meeting with CEOs of automobile manufacturing to avoid controversies relating to insurance claims and misuse of power by those checking overloading, besides ensuring a better transportation system. The idea of a black box will be to record whether the driver had applied the brakes and the speed of the vehicle at the point of impact in the case of an accident, among other details, and, thereby, help establish the cause (or culprit ) of the mishap.

Animals Rejoice: Volvo Developing Animal Detection Safety Technology

Volvo’s City Safety may be one of the most advanced active safety systems offered in modern cars today, but the Swedish automaker is developing even more sophisticated safety systems to prevent crashes. Why? Volvo has set an ambitious goal: By 2020, nobody is to be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo. Autonomous driving support may be one way to achieve this. Volvo is working on a system for driving in slow-moving traffic queues, in which data from a camera and radar sensors help the car follow a vehicle in front. Autonomous cars and V2V communication are nothing new, though Volvo is the first to successfully attempt an autonomous road train on public roads...
If you’re afraid of colliding with an animal on a winding road at night in the rain, new headlight technology from Carnegie Mellon might prove effective.

CALSTART study concludes zero-emission I-710 freight corridor achievable; hybrid truck with catenary or in-road power most feasible option

A study by CALSTART, an independent California-based organization that evaluates and works to commercialize clean transportation technology, has concluded that the development of a heavy-duty vehicle or vehicle system (truck and infrastructure power source) that can move freight through California’s busy I-710 Corridor with zero emissions (ZE) with a 2035 horizon year has no major technological barriers. In fact, the report suggests, there are several technical approaches that can achieve the desired outcome.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Cities Expect Bicycle Boom

Both cities (Chicago and San Francisco) plan to integrate bicycle sharing with other forms of public transit through what Klein called “the digital public way.” They hope to bring various modes of transportation together through mobile applications that people can access on smart phones. “Our goal is to have an integrated app, which puts the pressure on us to generate the data, collect the data and push the data out to the community,” Papandreou said, ”so that at any given time you’ll be able to say, I’m here, I want to go there, here are my options, here’s how much they cost, here’s how I pay for them.”

E.U. invests $450 million in smart cities

Earlier this week the E.U. announced that next year about $450 million (365 million euros) will be allocated to help cities develop smart city technology. The funding was announced along with the E.U.’s Smart Cities and Communities European Innovation Partnership. The funds will help pool research resources in three smart cities sectors: energy, transportation, and information and communications technology. Each project that is financed through this initiative will focus on all three sectors.

Metro-North rail-ticket app is in works, giving buyers a paperless option via phone

The clicking of the conductor’s hole puncher as Metro-North tickets are collected may soon be a sound of the past. The commuter railroad has plans to test a smart phone app that will eliminate paper tickets and allow riders to purchase them on their phones, officials said Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Car-Pooling Makes a Surge on Apps and Social Media

NY Times - Ride-sharing and car-pooling, it seems, are having a moment in the United States after many fits and starts. “It’s been a tough sell in the U.S. for a long time,” said David Burwell, director of the energy and climate program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “A lot is due to not only the fact that people have different places they want to go, but also safety and other concerns about going into a car with strangers.” What is different now, Mr. Burwell said, is the advancement of digital technology and social networking, “which removed a significant amount of barriers.”

Real-time Ridesharing recognized by US Congress

A historic breakthrough was made for the Real-Time Ridesharing community in late June when the U.S. Congress expanded the definition of “carpool projects” in federal law to include “Real-Time Ridesharing”. This is the first time that the definition of carpooling has been updated in over 30 years.

Free Wifi coming soon to buses in Shanghai

Shanghai Bashi Group, the bus operator, said it intends to provide Wi-Fi in response to passengers' increasing demands. But the details of the plan have not been set, said bus officials.

Electricity Transmitted to Auto Tire Through 10cm-thick Concrete

The Toyohashi University of Technology demonstrated its wireless power transmission technology using electric field coupling with automobile tires and the same concrete as used for public roads.

Automated Laser Spectrographic Pattern Matching for Aggregate Identification

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Final Report for NCHRP-IDEA Project 150: Automated Laser Spectrographic Pattern Matching for Aggregate Identification evaluates the feasibility of using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy as a quality control tool to scan in real-time aggregates used in highway construction applications.

2013 TRB 92nd Annual Meeting and Transportation Research Record: Paper Submission Deadline August 1, 2012

TRB is accepting papers for consideration as part of the program for the TRB 92nd Annual Meeting, January 13-17, 2013, in Washington, D.C, and for publication in the Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (TRR).
All papers must be submitted via TRB's Paper Submission website by August 1, 2012.

Top Three Ways Information Is Making Transportation More Efficient

American cities are currently facing new demands on transportation infrastructure due to a rapidly growing population. There are two ways to address this problem. One way, of course, is to build more infrastructure. The other is to more efficiently utilize what’s already in place — thus saving energy, time, and money. Information technologies offer the key to transportation optimization. Below are three ways digital technologies are revolutionizing the way we use cars, mass transit, and cycling.

State Commission To Oversee Public-Private Road, Bridge Projects

Pennsylvania - Geist said these partnerships can also address the problem of highway congestion such as on the Parkway East (Interstate 376) in the Pittsburgh area. He said a private company could build toll lanes on the parkway. “Use an intelligent highway system to keep traffic on the toll lanes moving at 60 miles per hour and you’re still going to have a free lane,” Geist said. “With time of day pricing and the ability to regulate the cost of running in those lanes, you’ll have huge congestion mitigation.”


Monday, July 9, 2012

Proposal Would Put Smart Meters In D.C. Cabs By End Of Year

Mayor Vincent Gray says the city is preparing to ink a $35 million deal with Verifone Systems to install new smart meters in all licensed D.C. cabs. The devices will have credit card machines, panic buttons, GPS technology, and video screens that will play a short PSA and feature content for passengers from NBC.

Study shows benefits of autonomous braking

An analysis of insurance claim statistics by the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shows the relative successes of advanced crash avoidance technologies in preventing vehicle accidents. Forward collision avoidance systems, particularly those that can brake autonomously, along with adaptive headlights, which shift direction as the driver steers, show the biggest crash reductions.

Big data meets the connected car: Researchers tackle the vehicular network

Wi-Fi is essentially free, while cellular data is expensive. The seeming liberation of an always-connected vehicle could easily be constrained by the shackles of an enormous cellular bill. Is there a way we can maximize the “free” connectivity of Wi-Fi while minimizing the costs of mobile data?...

But MIT graduate student Alex Cornejo said math can be used to used to wrestle just such a network out of freeway chaos. He and his colleagues have developed an algorithm that would allow hundreds of different cars to aggregate their internet-bound data and send it compressed over a single cellular connection, thus reducing bandwidth costs for all the vehicles participating.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Global Road Achievement Awards

The International Road Federation's Global Road Achievement Awards (GRAA) program is a competition to honor and recognize road-industry projects that demonstrate excellence and innovation in road development worldwide. The program, which is designed to elicit information on successful projects and programs from leading industry organizations, will draw attention to these leading projects and organizations, providing a road map for others to follow in continuously improving and advancing road development worldwide.

Better crash data a big step in the fight against distracted driving

When all of the states collect the same basic data about crashes, researchers get a much more useful state-by-state and nationwide picture of driver behavior and vehicle safety. And that helps us design more effective safety programs.

One important tool for improving the accuracy and consistency of data for all types of motor vehicle crashes is the Model Minimum Uniform Crash Criteria (MMUCC) Guideline, a voluntary set of standards that helps the states decide what information to collect at the scene of a crash. And on Monday, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released the 4th edition of the MMUCC, developed with funding from our National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


National Traffic Signal Report Card 2012 from the NTOC – Part Two

In the previous blog article, National Traffic Signal Report Card 2012 from the NTOC – Part One, we reviewed previous results of NTOC Report Cards and this year’s results including two of the five criteria that attribute to the overall grade.
This week’s blog article will focus on the importance of signal operations as well as the remaining three criteria that contributed to the NTOC Report Card.

Palm Tran introduces online real-time tools for passengers

To plan a trip, passengers enter their starting and ending destinations, as well as their departure and arrival times. The Google Transit search provides satellite images and user-friendly maps. Google Transit will provide three suggested route plans, transfer information, and estimated arrival times. The service also provides estimates on walking time and how much money will be saved by choosing transit over driving.

Smart Headlights See through Rain and Snow

A prototype headlight system can detect raindrops or snow streaks and "dis-illuminate" them, thereby increasing visibility on the road ahead. The system uses a digital projector to illuminate raindrops for several milliseconds while a camera mounted on the side of the projector captures each raindrop's location; software predicts where those raindrops will fall within the driver's field of view...

The system was developed by Carnegie Mellon computer science professor Srinivasa Narasimhan, along with several others. Narasimhan presented his findings in a talk at Microsoft Research and at Research@Intel 2012.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Perceived and Actual Wait Time Measurement at Transit Stops Using Bluetooth

Transportation Northwest (TransNow) has released a report that explores the perceived and actual wait times of transit users who received real-time transit information via devices other than public display signs.

Volpe News: June 2011

Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, has released the latest edition of its newsletter designed to feature events and research produced by the center. Part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration, Volpe’s mission is to improve the nation's transportation system by anticipating emerging transportation issues and to serve as a center of excellence for informed decision making.

Advanced Methods for Mobile Retroreflectivity Measurement on Pavement Marking

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Final Report for NCHRP-IDEA Project 146: Advanced Methods for Mobile Retroreflectivity Measurement on Pavement Marking explores the use of a prototype mobile unit for a rapid and reliable measurement of pavement marking retroreflectivity.

Research Universities and the Future of America: Ten Breakthrough Actions Vital to Our Nation's Prosperity and Security

The National Research Council has released a report that examines the health and competitiveness of our nation's research universities. These institutions have a strong partnership with government and industry that is critical to the nation's prosperity and national goals. The report, which is a follow-up Rising Above the Gathering Storm, responds to a request from Congress for "the top ten actions that Congress, the federal government, state governments, research universities, and others should take to assure the ability of the American research university to maintain the excellence in research and doctoral education needed to help the United States compete, prosper, and achieve national goals for health, energy, the environment, and security in the global community of the 21st century."

Regional Operational Data Sharing Among Agencies

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis Program has issued a request for letters of interest to identify successful regional operations data sharing best practices and quantify clear benefits of those efforts. The project will also provide examples of operational improvements and cost savings resulting from data sharing among transportation agencies.

7th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization for Big Data

TRB is sponsoring the 7th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium: Visualization for Big Data on October 23-25, 2013, in Irvine, California. The conference is designed to explore future research needs as well as recent findings, new methods, and new software related to visualization in transportation and data.

Individuals or groups interested in providing input on session topics and presentation ideas, or in submitting an abstract, may do so online by February 15, 2013. All submissions must be made through the online form and earlier submissions are encouraged. Abstracts should not be more than 600 words in length and should clearly convey the material that will be presented and its relevance to the symposium.


Monday, July 2, 2012

Pa. bill allowing red-light cameras in Pittsburgh passes

It wasn't until 1:10 a.m. Sunday -- after hours of divisive debate over the new state budget -- that the House finally got around to his bill, but state Rep. Paul Costa didn't mind.The Wilkins Democrat won approval for legislation to allow red-light cameras in Pittsburgh, a move he thinks would improve traffic safety at busy intersections in the state's second-largest municipality.

Call for nominations: White House Champions of Change — Transportation Innovators

The U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House Office of Public Engagement will host a White House Champions of Change featuring Transportation Innovators on July 31. Transportation Innovators are individuals or organizations who have provided exemplary leadership in the growth and expansion of the transportation industry at the local, state or regional level.

IRF 2012 Student Essay Competition

Topics include:

  • Road Safety
  • Innovations in Finance
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)
  • Sustainable Roads
  • Pavement Technology, Management, and Maintenance


Call for Papers – SAE 2013 World Congress

Abstract Deadline: September 1, 2012
Authors are invited to submit abstracts including the title and author’s contact information by September 1, 2012. Abstracts can be submitted online at www.sae.org/congress to one session only. Paper acceptance will be based on organizer moderated peer review of a review ready manuscript.

Paper offers are being solicited in the following technology areas: