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National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence Projects

Goal

To develop and disseminate advanced transportation safety techniques and innovations in rural and urban communities.

Background

The National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE) at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) was established by the Federal Public Transportation Act of 2005. NSTSCE uses a synergistic approach across four research focus areas to maximize resources. These research focus areas comprise safety devices and techniques that enhance driver performance, evaluations of the built roadway environment and infrastructure-based safety systems, safe mobility for vulnerable road users, and driver impairment. NSTSCE has formed a Stakeholders' Committee comprising organizations that share its vision for improving road-user safety locally and nationally. The Stakeholders' Committee members represent the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), General Motors Corporation (GM), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research (VCTIR), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Travelers, and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI).

Summary

The NSTSCE steering committee meets biannually to review surface transportation safety research needs. FMCSA will provide input into the commercial vehicle operations study that will help further its safety mission. A prioritized list of potential projects and a multi-year strategic plan are presented to the steering committee. The plan strives to coordinate NSTSCE research activities with those of FHWA and other Federal research programs. The steering committee reviews and approves the strategic plan. Once the plan is approved NSTSCE/VTTI will ensure that the work plan is developed, and the conduct of the research begins. NSTSCE/VTTI will provide the steering committed with updates, project status, and outreach.

Outcomes

The vision of NSTSCE is to make a significant impact in improving surface transportation safety and leverage partner and sponsor relationships to disseminate results.

Milestones

Published reports at VTTI's site at http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/VTTI/.

Funding

FY 2010: $200,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology
FY 2011: $200,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology
FY 2012: $200,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology
FY 2013: $200,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology
FY 2014: $200,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology

Status

Dr. Martin Walker serves on the NSTSCE steering committee.

Contractor

Virginia Technical Transportation Institute

Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2014