traffic congestion

Faculty from the UAB Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) are working on ways to ease the current and future problems of traffic congestion, thanks to a $14-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

In December, the USDOT designated a consortium of 10 Southeastern universities as the Region 4 University Transportation Center led by the University of Florida. The consortium, which is named the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development, and Education (STRIDE) Center, will use the $14 million over the next five years to develop novel strategies for reducing traffic congestion.

Sisiopiku2016Dr. Virginia Sisiopiku, director of UAB's TRENDLab, will lead the university's involvement in the STRIDE study to find solutions to current and future traffic problems.Virginia Sisiopiku, Ph.D.,  associate professor of transportation engineering in CCEE, is the associate director for STRIDE on the UAB campus. She also is director of  the UAB Transportation Engineering and Development Lab (TRENDLab), which will be engaged in the STRIDE study.

STRIDE builds on a previous consortiumthe University Transportation Centerthat  existed under an earlier grant that had a much broader focus. Under the current grant, STRIDE will focus specifically on traffic congestion through the use of new technologies available in vehicles, telecommunications capabilities, and shared autonomy in transportation.

“Building on our earlier partnership with STRIDE, this new grant will expand our research on congestion management, a core area of expertise of the TRENDLab, housed in the Civil Engineering department” said Sisiopiku.  “UAB research in 2017 will focus on the influence of technology on travel demand and behaviors; performance measurement and management using connected and automated vehicle data; as well as work zone planning, design, and operations for reduced congestion”

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