Center for Transportation Research: Highlights

Entries from September 2010

UT Students Studying Gridlock

September 21st, 2010 · Comments Off

(Photo: Mark Batchelder/KXAN) Some UT Austin engineering students are hoping to one day solve the problem of rush hour gridlock. Valerie Kaiser sounds like a kindergarten teacher as she counts numbers out loud: “One. Two. Three…” As she counts, she writes a tally mark in a spiral notebook. Today, Valerie and another classmate are posted […]

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Tags: News · Students · Transportation Research

Capitol Watch: Outside research entities assist legislators (from North Texas E-News)

September 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

As legislators study the interim charges and prepare to issue reports on these charges, they hear from members of the public, interest groups, and research from entities that specialize in a certain area of public policy or government…. While it is important that legislators hear from interested parties about issues that directly affect them, it […]

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Tags: Articles · Transportation Policy · Transportation Research

To tame traffic, go with the flow (From Science News)

September 19th, 2010 · Comments Off

Lights should respond to cars, not the other way around, suggests a working paper from Sante Fe transportation researchers. Traffic lights that act locally can improve traffic globally, new research suggests. By minimizing congestion, the approach could save money, reduce emissions and perhaps even quash the road rage of frustrated drivers. The new approach makes […]

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Tags: Articles · News · Publications · Transportation Research

CTR adds Youtube, Vimeo channels

September 16th, 2010 · Comments Off

In an effort to better distribute transportation research deliverables, the Center for Transportation Research has created two video channels for video deliverables. Both the Youtube and Vimeo channels will host video related to ongoing projects. Over the next month, all video from prior research will be posted to these locations. The video for 0-4061-P2, “Crack […]

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Tags: Video

Paving the way: Engineer explores ways to give Texas drivers smoother roads (from UTSA)

September 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

Along Texas’ nearly 41,000 miles of rural roads, a motorist is likely to encounter crisscrossing cracks up and down a good amount of the asphalt pavement. Texas has the largest network of rural roads in the nation, and much of that network rests on vexing clay soil. This expansive soil wreaks havoc on roads as […]

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September Research Alert

September 15th, 2010 · Comments Off

Dear Researchers, Staff and Students, At the end of August, TxDOT launched a new bi-weekly newsletter – you can subscribe to the newsletter at the link below. THE TXDOT UPDATE News and Information from the Texas Department of Transportation * * * NEW CHAT REFERENCE SERVICE * * * The CTR Library offers a new […]

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Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety 101: A Primer on Grade Crossing Safety (From TRB)

September 14th, 2010 · Comments Off

TRB is holding a Webinar on “Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety 101: A Primer on Grade Crossing Safety” on September 16th, 2010. Many local planning officials are not familiar with addressing safety needs at highway-rail grade crossings. Collisions between trains and highway users at highway-rail crossings claim several hundred lives and injure almost a thousand people […]

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Tags: Events · Transportation Research · Webinars

10 Boldest Transportation Ideas of 21st Century

September 8th, 2010 · Comments Off

AOL Travel has compiled a list of the 10 most ambitious transportation projects of the 21st century, an international review including proposed, actual, and in-progress initiatives. The list runs from Shanghai’s existing high-speed rail network to the entirely theoretical Bering Strait Crossing. Other projects are noteworthy for their practicality, such as the US Bicycle Route […]

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Tags: Articles