Transportation Policy

CTR Answers Call to Assist Texas Legislature

One way CTR serves Texas is providing unbiased, third-party analysis of potential  legislation that will impact the state’s transportation system. Earlier this year, both TxDOT and the State Legislature called on a CTR-led team to analyze data in response to four house bills pertaining to truck weight limits. Providing these analyses helped TxDOT and legislators …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Pavements

Testimony, Senate Select Committee on Transportation Funding, Expenditures & Finance

Testimony, Senate Select Committee on Transportation Funding, Expenditures & Finance

Because CTR’s diverse slate of researchers provides such a wide range of transportation expertise, we are uniquely qualified to provide expert testimony on a wide range of topics. In September, CTR Deputy Director Rob Harrison and Research Associate Mike Murphy testified before the Senate Select Committee on Transportation Funding, Expenditures and Financing, which is chaired …


Posted by Maureen Kelly  |  Category : Events

Dr. Walton to serve on new National Freight Advisory Committee

USDOT Secretary Ray LaHood today tapped CTR faculty member, Dr. C Michael Walton, to be a member of the National Freight Advisory Committee. This 47 member committee is comprised of a diverse group of transportation professionals tasked to improve the national freight transportation system. “The strength of our economy and the strength of our national …


Posted by Joey Williams  |  Category : Researchers

VeloTexas 2012: promoting safer travel by bicycle

UT students, researchers, City of Austin and San Antonio city planners, TxDOT coordinators, bicyclists, and representatives of Movability Austin will gather for two days in Austin at VeloTexas to promote the use of bicycles and safety in Texas. “Through this effort we hope to promote bicycle use as a basic travel mode — but maybe …


Posted by clair  |  Category : Bicycles

Kara Kockelman to speak on sustainable transport at UT Austin May 3rd, 2012

Dr. Kara Kockelman, Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, will speak May 3rd, 2012, at UT Austin on the topic, “The Search for Sustainable Transport: Anticipating Americans’ Vehicle and Travel Choices.” The event takes places at 5:15 p.m. in Mezes Hall on the UT Austin campus in …


Posted by clair  |  Category : Transportation Policy

Robert Harrison speaks on Panama Canal expansion at the Seventh Annual TxDOT Transportation Forum

Robert Harrison spoke to transportation leaders on the Panama Canal expansion at the recent Seventh Annual TxDOT Transportation Forum in San Antonio, Texas. Harrison is the Deputy Director of the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at The University of Texas at Austin. “The new locks on the Panama Canal will offer shippers in Texas and …


Posted by clair  |  Category : Conference

Kara Kockelman: what in your field could make the world a better place?

Professor Kara Kockelman responds to the question “What in your field could make the world a better place?” With population and standards of living rising, associated transportation congestion, energy demands and environmental impacts are serious concerns. In terms of advances that will enhance our future, I am most excited about vehicle sharing, vehicle propulsion and …


Posted by clair  |  Category : Energy & Resources

Panama Canal Expansion and World Trade

The theme for the Center for Transportation Research’s Annual Symposium was “Texas Freight: Beyond 2014.” The keynote speaker for the event was Mr. Rodolfo R. Sabonge, the Vice President of Market Research and Analysis of the Panama Canal Authority. Mr. Sabonge, who is responsible for competitive intelligence, pricing, and customer relations at the Panama Canal, …


Posted by clair  |  Category : Conference