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Establishment of the Saxton Transportation Operations Laboratory (TOL)

Project Information

Project ID: 
FHWA-PROJ-09-0014
Project Status: 
Completed
Start Date: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
End Date: 
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
FHWA Program: 
Operations
TRT Terms: 
Transportation Operations; Traffic Simulation; Operations; Research; Safety; Test Beds; Highway Traffic Control
FHWA Discipline: 
Operations, Safety
Subject Area: 
Operations and Traffic Management, Safety and Human Factors, Vehicles and Equipment

Contact Information

First Name: 
Randy
Last Name: 
VanGorder
Telephone: 
(202) 493-3266
Team: 
Program Management
Office:
Office of Operations Research and Development
Office Code: 
HRDO-1

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.

Goals

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.

Deliverables