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Establishment of the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory (TOL)

Project Information

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Start Date: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
End Date: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
FHWA Program: 
FHWA Topics: 
Research/Technologies--FHWA Research and Technology; Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms: 
Transportation Operations; Traffic Simulation; Operations; Research; Safety; Test Beds; Highway Traffic Control
FHWA Discipline: 
Operations, Safety
TRB Subject Area: 
Operations and Traffic Management, Safety and Human Factors, Vehicles and Equipment

Contact Information

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(202) 493-3266
Program Management
Office of Operations Research and Development
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Project Details

Project Description: 

Advanced mobility and safety services can use new vehicle-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies to allow smooth travel at desired speeds, to increase travel time reliability, to improve throughput, to improve safety, and to improve environmental performance. Many of the research projects sponsored through the Exploratory Advanced Research and Intelligent Transportation Systems programs are identifying new services, or possible enhancements to exiting services, that can potentially offer substantial benefits. Because these services have not yet been realized in deployments, laboratory testing and transportation models are needed to further analyze and improve the concepts and to provide early valuations of their potential benefits.


The key project objectives are:

(1) Establish test beds at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) for data resources, concepts and analysis, and cooperative vehicle-highway systems testing, which will improve the scope and quality of the Operations and Safety research activities.

(2) Attract researchers and outside research investments through the availability of enhanced test beds for Operations and Safety at TFHRC.


Deliverable Name: 
Construction and Opening of the Transportation Operations Laboratory (TOL)
Deliverable Type: 
Promotional materials
Deliverable Description: 
Construction of the Saxton space as the main Transportation Operations Laboratory (TOL) facility, and preparation of the Vehicle Preparation area for the Cooperative Vehicle-Highway testbed use, including realization of the design and provision of furniture and equipment. The opening will include the use of four demonstration scenarios that will highlight research activities that the Transportation Operations Laboratory (TOL) will be able to support.
Deliverable Name: 
Identify Uses of the Saxton Transportation Laboratory
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
Report that lists the potential uses of the Saxton Transportation Laboratory.