Transforming Transportation Planning and Policy for Safety

Transportation policy studies and improved planning are essential for furthering goals of the University Transportation Centers (UTCs) and the US Department of Transportation (USDOT). This project is intended to build upon long-standing and successful activities in these areas. Three tasks are envisioned. First, a database design and tracking process for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) progress in the United States will be devised. This activity will be undertaken in partnership with ITS America. Second, research on safety policy improvements for battery electric vehicles will be initiated with the goal of producing a new policy brief on this topic. Audiences will be USDOT, U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) and State officials. Safety concerns of interest include battery fires, vehicle sound, and vehicle weight. Third, project participants will continue to work with Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) in the planning for Pennsylvania Safety Transportation and Research Track (PennStart). PennStart will be a $ 22M state funded transportation technology testing and traffic incident management training center in the Pittsburgh region. Connecting Pittsburgh and PennStart is a 'Smart Corridor' that will also be used for testing in the real world. PennStart capital expenditures will be used for project match. Carnegie Mellon researchers will include Chris Hendrickson (Hamerschlag University Professor of Engineering Emeritus), Corey Harper (Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering), and Heather Cain (Research Administrator Civil and Environmental Engineering). The new Executive Director of Safety21 Center will be asked to participate as well. This project builds upon successful synthesis and policy projects undertaken with Mobility21 UTC funding that have resulted in six policy briefs, professional papers and numerous public presentations.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $200000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Safety21 National UTC for Promoting Safety
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15213

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Center Program
  • Managing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Safety21 National UTC for Promoting Safety
    Pittsburgh, PA  United States  15213
  • Project Managers:

    Stearns, Amy

  • Performing Organizations:

    Carnegie Mellon University

  • Principal Investigators:

    Hendrickson, Chris

  • Start Date: 20230701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01900235
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety21
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3552344811
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 20 2023 7:48PM