InTrans / Feb 08, 2018

InTrans hosts Traffic and Safety Focus Group

Approximately 40 people aiming to make roadways safer and more efficient met at Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation (InTrans) on Wednesday to discuss future research opportunities to achieve their goals.

The objective of the Traffic and Safety Research Focus Group, led by the Center for Transportation Research and Education Director Omar Smadi, was to discuss, develop, and prioritize research topic ideas to present for future funding opportunities.

People from the Iowa Department of Transportation, city and county government, consultant firms, the Federal Highway Administration, University of Iowa, Law Enforcement, Governor’s Traffic Safety Bureau and InTrans spent the day coming up with and then voting on top priorities for research.

The focus group held targeted discussions on traffic engineering and operations, safety, and enforcement, before ultimately selecting three to four research ideas to prioritize and make into research problem statements.