Combatting Congestion: Strategies to Reduce Emissions, Address Safety and Improve Driver Morale

The willingness of governments and transportation agencies to undertake complex and expensive infrastructure projects is indicative of the congestion ‘crisis’ experienced by millions and the policy dilemmas faced by public funders trying to address the issue. Beyond incurring tremendous expenses to build wider highways, new tunnels and bridges, and extensive mass transit systems, are there […]

Leveraging Connected Vehicles to Enhance Traffic Responsive Traffic Signal Control

With growing use of Connected Vehicles (CV) (vehicles typically equipped with communication technologies such as GPS to communicate with the driver, other cars and roadside infrastructure), researchers at Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech and Marshall University are exploring optimization of current adaptive signal control technology to estimate queue length and develop enhanced signal coordination through […]

Is Traffic Congestion Overrated?

Congestion is universally unpopular, but is it always a problem? Are some places more “congestion-adapted” than others? Using data for Los Angeles, CTS researcher, Andrew Mondschein, and his collaborator, Brian Taylor, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, examined whether the geographies of congestion and accessibility are distinct by mapping and describing them across neighborhoods. Controlling […]

NSF Grants Support Smart Stormwater Management Research

When commentators talk about smart cities, they usually refer to buildings that regulate their own energy use, autonomous transportation systems or apps that provide real-time information about train and bus service. Jonathan Goodall, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering & Applied Science, brings an innovative […]

Effect of Crash Characteristics on Cyclist Injuries

Erin Robartes and T. Donna Chen, CTS researchers in UVA’s department of civil and environmental engineering, examined bicyclist, automobile driver, vehicle, environmental, and roadway characteristics influencing cyclist injury severity in order to determine which factors should be addressed to mitigate the worst bicyclist injuries. The results of this study most notably found automobile driver intoxication to increase the […]

With Rise of Autonomous Vehicles, Hackers Pose a Serious New Threat

The allure of the autonomous vehicle is seductive: a morning commute spent sipping coffee and checking e-mail while the car finds its own way to the office. But whereas drivers of today might have had to worry about flat tires, engine trouble and reckless drivers, the owners of future wonder-cars might have to worry about […]

MAUTC Has Released List of Projects

We just received the attached list of projects from the Mid-Atlantic University Transportation Center led by Pennsylvania State University. These projects spanned the period from 2012 – 2014. The UVA projects and URL links are listed here. Projects from the other consortium universities are found here. Karst Topography: Noninvasive Geophysical Detection Methods and Construction Techniques […]

Donna Chen Interviewed with Fast Forward to Excite High School Students in Transportation

The following text was published on the Fast Forward website: What will transportation look like in 20 years? Will self-driving cars replace traditional automobiles? Will more people carpool or use public transportation? Will we leave a healthier environment for the next generation? These are just a few of the questions that Donna Chen, assistant professor of […]

CTS Graduate students win Eisenhower Fellowships

Two UVVA Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate students have been awarded prestigious Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships by the US DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA): Erin Robartes and Sean Laffey. Erin is a second-year graduate student in Professor Donna Chen’s group. She holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Sean Laffey […]