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Transportation Engineering Research

Research Funding in Transportation Engineering

The research program in transportation engineering at Penn State is active and well-funded. The total funding for research projects in the transportation area exceeds $15.5 million as of September 1, 2018. The project titles, principal investigators, and other information related to these research contracts and grants are listed below.


Building capacity for active living in diverse Pittsburgh neighborhoods through Community-based Participatory Research, Stuckeman Collaborative Design Research Fund, Landscape Architecture, July 2018 – June 2019, $49,000 (PI:Bose, Co-PI: Guler)

CAREER: Multi-scale models of urban congestion dynamics to support advanced congestion management strategies, May 2018 – April 2023, National Science Foundation, $500,000. (PI: Gayah)

Center for Integrated Asset Management for Multimodel Transportation Infrastructure Systems, Region 3 University Transportation Center, US Department of Transportation, September 2018 – September 2023, Multi-year/Multi-University Consortium, $14.1 million in federal funding, 50:50 matching. (PI: Donnell, co-PI: Rajabipour)

Financial Benefits of Proposed Access Management Treatments, South Dakota Department of Transportation (subcontract to South Dakota State University), December 2016 – October 2018, $45,000. (PI: Gayah; Co-PI: Guler)

NCHRP Project 17-84: Pedestrian and bicycle safety performance functions for the Highway Safety Manual, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (subcontract to MRI Global, Inc.), March 2017 – February 2019, $105,000. (PI: Guler; Co-PIs: Gayah, Donnell)

NCHRP Project 17-87: Enhancing Pedestrian Volume Estimation and Developing HCM Pedestrian Methodologies for Safe and Sustainable Communities (subcontract to Kittleson and Associates, Inc.), May 2018 –February 2020, $15,000 (PI: Guler)

NCHRP Project 17-89: Safety performance of part-time shoulder use of freeways, National Cooperative Highway Research Program (subcontract to Kittleson and Associates, Inc.), June 2018 – June 2020, $45,000. (PI: Donnell, Co-PI: Gayah)

Reducing Roadway Departure Crashes At Horizontal Curve Sections On Two-Lane Rural Highways, Federal Highway Administration, October 2014 – September 2018, $647,000. (PI: Donnell)

Regionalized urban/suburban collector road SPFs, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, May 2018 – March 2019, $71,000. (PI: Donnel, Co-PI: Gayah)

Would You Consider a "Green" Vehicle? Anticipating Electric Vehicle Adoption Patterns and Emissions Impacts in Virginia with a Spatial Latent Choice Model, August 2017 – October 2018, Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability UTC, $150,000 (PI: Paleti)

Other transportation research projects include:

  • Congestion management research
  • Delineation and markings for older drivers
  • Geometric and operational characteristics to accommodate large trucks
  • Intersection sight distance
  • Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP)
  • Median design on highways
  • Traffic signal systems
  • Transit finance and performance
  • Transportation demand management
  • Highway tort liability
  • Traffic signal control equipment
  • Cost allocation of geometric and operational characteristics
  • Development of PCE's for highway cost allocation
  • Highway capacity and traffic simulation
  • Travel demand and management
  • Activity-based travel forecasting
  • Travel demand analysis using GIS and economics
  • Access Management Impact Simulation (AM/IS)
  • ITS strategic planning
  • ITS operation test evaluation
  • Optimal location of service facilities
  • Mobile source air pollution control strategies
  • Safety, risk, and tort liability
  • Traffic engineering education program
  • Low speed urban streets
  • Typography for conventional road-signs
  • Freestanding sign visibility
  • Impact of factors on conspicuity and legibility of on-premise sign fonts
  • Low-speed urban street design
  • Highway cost allocation studies
  • Development of passenger car equivalents using simulation
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