D-STOP’s research activities focus on harnessing innovative technologies and data sources to develop architectures and systems for data collection and analysis. Some of these can be directly applied today in the operation or long-range planning of transportation systems, and some will support next-generation methods for operations and planning. These methods will be useful for evaluating proposed solutions with a broad range of metrics (e.g., reflecting multimodal or equity issues), with greater accuracy and precision than before, and for allocating scarce funding in a way that maximizes the potential for equitable economic growth.

The research contributions are directly linked to technology transfer activities, and D-STOP researchers work closely with transportation agencies to facilitate rapid implementation of research results, leading to immediate and quantifiable improvements in the effectiveness of the transportation infrastructure. D-STOP research specifically focuses on three core areas: technology, planning, and operations.