CTS Releases 2015 Annual Report!
Check out our first annual digital flipbook featuring research, people, state of the center, and more!
Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability UTC
University of Virginia leads a regional consortium of six universities for this new University Transportation Center with the theme: Environmental Sustainability.
Merge management testing on Smart Road
Connected Vehicle/Infrastructure University Transportation Center (CVI-UTC)
UVA CTS has had a long association with University Transportation Centers. One current UTC is the CVI-UTC which funds five current research projects and additional educational/tech transfer projects.
Grad students in Smart Travel Lab
Smart Travel Lab
Founded in 1990. Many of our staff and graduate students work on projects related to Smart Travel Lab.
Futurescan robot
Trench Robot

THE CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION STUDIES is the focal point for education, research, and service in transportation engineering at the University of Virginia.  We encourage you to explore our site to learn more about our people, programs, and opportunities for you to grow with us.

Our mission is to improve transportation through innovative applied research, education and development of future transportation leaders, and practical, relevant, career-building training for transportation professionals.

We pursue our mission by the following actions:


  • Offering an interdisciplinary graduate program in transportation engineering
  • Providing specialized transportation courses for undergraduate engineering students
  • Providing internship programs both internally and in partnership with other organizations
  • Offering tailored professional training programs designed to support practicing transportation professionals


  • Conducting multi-disciplinary research addressing complex transportation challenge
  • Developing and evaluating strategies that improve safety, mobility and sustainability in transportation systems, and the ability to construct, maintain, and operate transportation infrastructure
  • Working cooperatively and collaboratively with other research organizations and disciplines
  • Investing in technologies that support transportation research


  • Supporting local, state, and federal government agencies on transportation initiatives
  • Actively participating in professional societies
  • Providing general transportation information to the public