Recommended Rural Transportation Safety Research Program for the 21st Century

The basic objective of this study was to develop a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive research agenda that can guide the Kansas State University Transportation Center's (KSU UTC) rural transportation safety research program into the 21st century. The products of the research include a description of recommended rural transportation safety research topic areas, a proposed organizational structure (in terms of research expertise) to implement the research agenda, and a suggested technology transfer program to disseminate information on the research program and its findings. The research team recommends the following rural transportation safety research topics as focus areas for the KSU UTC: 1) Sustaining Proficiency in Older Drivers and Providing Mobility Options for the Elderly in Rural Areas; 2) Improving the Traffic Safety Culture in Rural Areas; 3) Increasing Seatbelt Usage in Rural Areas; 4) Keeping Vehicles on Roadways in Rural Areas; 5) Making Rural Truck Travel Safer; 6) Enhancing Rural Emergency Medical Capabilities; 7) Designing Safer Rural Work Zones; 8) Improving Design and Operations of Rural Highway Intersections; 9) Creating More Effective Rural Safety Management Systems; 10) Making Non-Motorized Rural Travel Safer; 11) Economic Issues Associated with Rural Transportation Services and Facilities; and 12) Transportation Planning for Terrorism, Natural Disasters, Traffic Incidents and Other Emergencies in Rural Areas. The selection of the topic areas was based on the following criteria: 1) The research area must address one or more of the UTC's strategic research focus areas; 2) The research area must address a "rural" transportation safety issue and have the potential to significantly improve rural transportation safety; 3) The research area should offer substantial opportunities to involve students in the research effort; 4) The research area must have a moderate to high potential to attract regional and national funding; 5) The research area should have the potential for a multi-disciplinary research effort; and 6) The research area must address one of the areas identified in the Kansas DOT Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). It is the recommendation of this study that the KSU Advisory Committee adopt this research report as a policy guide in the selection of future UTC-funded research projects in the area of rural transportation safety. In ranking and selecting potential safety research projects in the future, it is recommended that the UTC Advisory Committee consider the six "Criteria for Selecting Research Areas" established by the research team in developing the 12 recommended Research Areas presented in this report. To implement the KSU UTC rural transportation safety research agenda presented in this report it is recommended that the KSU UTC Advisory Committee consider establishing a rural transportation safety "institute" within the KSU UTC.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The basic objective of the proposed study is to define a multi-disciplinary, comprehensive research agenda that can guide the KSU UTC rural transportation safety research program into the 21st century. The products of the proposed research include a description of recommended rural transportation safety research topic areas, a proposed organizational structure (in terms of research expertise) to implement the research agenda, and a suggested technology transfer program to disseminate information on the research program and its findings.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Kansas State University Transportation Center

    Kansas State University
    Department of Civil Engineering
    Manhattan, KS  United States  66506
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sullivan, Kendra

    Rys, Margaret

    Russell, Eugene

    Dissanayake, Sunanda

    Stokes, Robert

  • Start Date: 20070910
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20070911
  • Source Data: RiP Project 14531

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460240
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Kansas State University Transportation Center
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:21PM