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Transportation Research, Data, and Safe Routes to School

Chris Albrecht, AICP

I-Walk Webinar

March 1, 2011

mission
To develop and implement innovative methods, materials, and technologies for improving transportation efficiency, safety, and reliability while improving the learning environment of students, faculty, and staff in transportation-related fields.Mission
partners
Partners
  • Iowa DOT
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • U.S. DOT’s University Transportation Center Program
  • AASHTO
  • American Concrete Pavement Association
  • Iowa Concrete Paving Association
  • Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa
  • National Remote Sensing Consortium
  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Iowa Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau
  • Iowa’s cities, counties, MPOs, RPAs
  • State and national associations
  • Transit authorities, airports
  • Private sector industries
areas of expertise
Areas of Expertise
  • Traffic Safety and Operations
  • Pavements (asphalt and concrete)
  • Bridges and Structures
  • Management Systems (bridge, pavements, markings, signs, etc.)
  • Policy and Planning
  • Technologies (GIS, GPS, remote sensing, laser scanning, NDE, ITS, etc.)
  • Weather and Environment
  • Sustainable Transportation Systems
facilities and resources
Facilities and Resources
  • 21,000 sq ft office/lab space
  • Transportation library
  • Student learning community areas
  • Videoconference room
  • 2 mobile labs (concrete, geotechnical)
  • Video data collection
human resources
Human Resources
  • 40 Staff and 10 faculty
  • 60–100 students
  • Graduate research assistantships
  • “Real world” experience
  • Learning community environment
traffic safety and operations
Traffic Safety and Operations
  • Crash data and analysis (Iowa Traffic Safety Data Service)
  • Crash location tools
  • School safety
  • Simulation modeling
  • Corridor studies
bridges and structures
Bridges and Structures
  • Remote security monitoring
  • Low-cost local bridge replacement
  • Timber bridges
  • Bridge health monitoring
  • Innovative materials/construction
management systems
Management Systems
  • Pavements (30,000+ mi state/local roads)
  • Bridges
  • Pavement markings
  • Signs
policy and planning
Policy and Planning
  • Planning studies
  • TransCADand TRANPLAN modeling
  • Access management
  • Traffic calming
  • Economic impact studies
technologies
Technologies
  • Nondestructive evaluation
  • Intelligent transportation systems (ITS)
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Remote sensing
  • Laser scanning
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Designs and Specifications

  • Performance measures for snow and ice control strategies (NCHRP 6-17)
  • SUDAS (Statewide Urban Designs and Specifications - Iowa)
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Sustainable Transportation

  • Improve transportation and reduce emissions through roadway design, traffic operations, and community planning
  • Advance the use of sustainable fuels and technologies
  • Investigate economic models that encourage efficient passenger and freight movement
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Conclusions

  • Schools are the centers of Iowa’s communities
  • SRTS and Fitness initiatives should involve assessing infrastructure
    • Pavements
    • Sidewalks
    • Bridges
    • Lighting
  • Planning based on good data is very important
  • Innovative solutions
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Questions

Chris Albrecht, AICP

Transportation Research Specialist

Iowa State University - InTrans

2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700

Ames, Iowa 50010

Office: (515) 294-7684

Cell: (515) 231-0431

Fax: (515) 294-0467

Email: [email protected]

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