About the Institute for Transportation

The Institute for Transportation (InTrans) is the focal point for transportation at Iowa State University. InTrans

  • performs transportation research for public and private agencies and companies;
  • manages its own education program for transportation students;
  • and conducts local, regional, and national transportation services and continuing education programs.


InTrans' mission is to develop and implement innovative methods, materials, and technologies for improving transportation efficiency, safety, and reliability, while improving the learning environment of students, faculty, and staff in transportation-related fields. Read the complete mission statement.


Intrans staff members are nationally recognized experts in transportation engineering, planning, safety, systems management and operation, and policy. These staff excel in combining their knowledge and resources with other university-based organizations, transportation agencies, consulting firms, and industry to develop and manage robust research teams.

Centers and Programs

InTrans has become an umbrella for a diverse group of other transportation-related centers and programs that we call our "logo" programs.

Partners and Sponsors

InTrans partners with public, private, academic, and professional organizations in its research and outreach activities.

In 2003 InTrans signed a collaboration agreement with the Iowa DOT and the Iowa Regents' universities (Iowa State University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa) that will facilitate transportation research to benefit Iowa.


InTrans is well placed in central Iowa to tap into facilities at Iowa State University and the Iowa Department of Transportation. A multimedia training facility is available to Iowa's transportation agencies, Iowa State University programs, and the ISU Research Park for meetings and workshops.

Getting to InTrans

InTrans is located in Ames, Iowa, home of Iowa State University. InTrans has its offices in the ISU Research Park just south of Highway 30 and east of University Boulevard. See the map for more precise directions.


InTrans traces its roots to 1983, when it was established as one of the Federal Highway Administration's 10 original Rural Technical Assistance Programs (now Local Technical Assistance Programs). See a brief history of InTrans.


InTrans' online news bulletin, InTrans enRoute, highlights InTrans projects and people.