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The UVM Transportation Research Center (TRC) is a hub for innovative and interdisciplinary research, education and outreach on sustainable transportation system solutions.

The TRC serves as the host of the National University Transportation Center (UTC), funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Issue: # 9 Fall 2010
Complex Systems in Transportation: How to Influence Vehicle Purchase Decisions

Transportation Systems AcademyIn complex systems, dynamic, nonlinear interactions among entities lead to higher level patterns that are difficult to predict.  "Complex systems research takes a philosophical approach, which recognizes that systems have emergent properties and that a reductionist approach, which focuses only on individual components of the system, may not be sufficient for understanding system-level behaviors," explains Dr. Maggie Eppstein of the UVM Complex Systems Center (CSC).  "There are many potential complex systems applications in the transportation sector; everything from interactions between drivers on the road to crisis response and evacuation planning can be studied using complex systems methodologies."

TRC Leads Two National Conferences
The Transportation Research Center played a central role in two recent, very successful national conferences.  Dr. Lisa Aultman-Hall chaired the conference committee for the "Research Perspectives on Transportation Systems for Livable Communities" conference organized by the Transportation Research Board and funded the USDOT UTC.  The two-day conference at the National Academies Keck Center examined the challenges of incorporating measures of livability into transportation planning.  In addition, Karen Glitman chaired the host committee for the "19th National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation," which brought together about 300 planners, operators, and researchers in Burlington, VT to share best practice and current research relating to rural and intercity bus systems.
TRC Updates the Statewide Travel Demand Model

The Vermont Statewide Travel Demand Model is an essential tool for transportation planning in Vermont.  The model includes thousands of miles of roadways and is used to project future travel patterns and assess the impact of specific infrastructure projects.  Since 2008, the TRC has hosted and operated the statewide model in response to the needs of towns, counties, metropolitan planning organizations, and the state. ....READ MORE

Vermont Clean Cities Coalition - Eco-Driving
Eco-driving workshops provide hands-on training in proven energy-reduction strategies by encouraging more fuel-efficient driving and less idling. ....More information. 
Meet Our New Research Staff...

Researchers George Lu and Justine Sears bring years of research experience to their jobs at the TRC. We welcome them and look forward to collaborating with them! 


Read about George andGeorge Lu Justine!

TRC Research Reports

Vermont Clean Cities CoalitionDownload these and many other reports from our online Research Reports catalog.
  • The Vermont Transportation Energy Report (Justine Sears, Karen Glitman)
  • Increasing Carpooling in Vermont: Opportunities and Obstacles (Richard Watts)
  • Application of the Network Robustness Index to Identifying Critical Road-Network Links in Chittenden County, Vermont (Jim Sullivan, Lisa Aultman-Hall, David Novak)
Focus on Research
Dr. Mary Watzin from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources asks: How do varying road types and road densities impact water quality? 

This summer maked the third and final season of field work for the storm water component of the TRC's Signature Project #1, "Integrated Land-Use, Transportation, and Environmental Modeling." Led by Dean Mary Watzin, the storm water study examines how various road types and road densities affect water quality, stream integrity, and pollutant loads. ...READ MORE
The TRC Graduate Research Scholar Program Builds on its Success
Developing sustainable transportation systems presents challenges that cut across disciplines, requiring insights from a broad range of fields, including engineering, economics, community development, public health, and natural resources. The fundamentally interdisciplinary nature of transportation research is the motivation behind TRC's Graduate Research Scholar (GRS) program. Now in its fifth year, the GRS program provides on average $28,000 in annual research assistantships. Together, the GRS and TRC research programs have funded 76 graduate students from six different colleges, including eight new scholars for the 2010-2011 year, three of whom are featured ...HERE.
Join Us: Dr. Joe Schofer

In the Spring of 2011 the Transportation Research Center will host Dr. Joe Schofer, Director of the Infrastructure Technology Institute at Northwestern University.  Dr. Schofer's research includes the management and planning of transportation systems and how data can be used for the effective evaluation of systems and projects


For more information, contact Julia Kirby at (802) 656-1312.

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