Leveraging a wide variety of resources, MTIC conducts research that is both consistent with and complimentary to the national strategy for surface transportation research as outlined by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). Harnessing the experience and knowledge developed at MTIC member institutions provides significant opportunities for collaboration in research design and performance. Specifically, MTIC’s research program includes projects related to intermodal and multimodal transportation that enhance economic competitiveness in six primary research areas:
- Highway Infrastructure, Operations and Security
- Geospatial Systems
- Maritime Operations and Analysis
- Multimodal Systems Operations and Analysis
- Recreation and Alternative Transportation
- Transportation Finance and Economics.
Highway Infrastructure, Operations and Security
- The Highway Infrastructure, Operations and Security research area utilizes progressive research to develop technology and innovative strategies that optimize the performance and safety of infrastructure through coordinating systems, services and projects. Researchers focus on applications concerning rural and small urban areas while cognizant of their integration in a wider context for traffic signal optimization, incident detection and congestion management, advanced traveler information and work zone safety.
- By developing the relationship between people, technology, information and performance, the Geospatial System research area aims to integrate several sources of data to develop cost effective management tools to improve the efficiency of the transportation sector. Researchers develop product applications in the areas of remote sensing, geographic information systems and geomatics.
Maritime Operations and Analysis
- To better develop sustainable commercial and environmental solutions for maritime and urban water issues, the Maritime Operations and Analysis research area works closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other inland waterways industry stakeholders, with a focus on marine transport systems, livable and sustainable waters, environmental solutions and public policy.
Multimodal Systems Operations and Analysis
- The research area for Multimodal Systems Operations and Analysis examines the connections among various modes of transportation to create an efficient and seamless multimodal transport system. These researchers provide substantive and timely information for decision-makers including infrastructure development, asset management, logistics and financing solutions.
Recreation and Alternative Transportation
- The Recreation and Alternative Transportation research area enhances and improves lands and bodies of water which provide recreational, alternate transportation and educational opportunities for motorized and non-motorized users. Researchers within this area take trail systems from conception to completion including detailed mapping, consulting for construction and maintenance of trail tread and amenities.
Transportation Finance and Economics
- The research area for Transportation Finance and Economics provides analysis to help ensure that resources are allocated in the most effective manner that continues to allow for an efficient and safe transportation system. Researchers within this specialty analyze data, observe trends, monitor the regulatory changes that impact the cost and benefits of all transport systems and predict the needs, price and effects of competition on the future of transportation.