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1 Chris Albrecht, AICP I-Walk Webinar March 1, 2011 Transportation Research, Data, and Safe Routes to School

2 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.

3 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

4 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

5 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

6 Human Resources 40 Staff and 10 faculty 60–100 students Graduate research assistantships “Real world” experience Learning community environment

7 Traffic Safety and Operations Crash data and analysis (Iowa Traffic Safety Data Service) Crash location tools School safety Simulation modeling Corridor studies

8 Bridges and Structures Remote security monitoring Low-cost local bridge replacement Timber bridges Bridge health monitoring Innovative materials/construction

9 Management Systems Pavements (30,000+ mi state/local roads) Bridges Pavement markings Signs

10 Policy and Planning Planning studies TransCAD and TRANPLAN modeling Access management Traffic calming Economic impact studies

11 Technologies Nondestructive evaluation Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) Geographic information systems (GIS) Remote sensing Laser scanning

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

13 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

14 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

15 Questions Chris Albrecht, AICP Transportation Research Specialist Iowa State University - InTrans 2711 South Loop Drive, Suite 4700 Ames, Iowa Office: (515) Cell: (515) Fax: (515)


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