The Connecticut Transportation Institute (CTI) was established at the University of Connecticut in 1974, and operates within the School of Engineering.
CTI’s mission is to conduct integrated multidisciplinary research, education and related services that promote safety and efficiency in multi-modal passenger and freight transportation systems and, in turn, enhance livable communities, sustainable economies and the environment.
CTI brings together a critical mass of transportation faculty and research talent at the University of Connecticut, the top public research institution in New England. Currently, CTI has three primary faculty members and eight additional faculty who conduct research in association with CTI.
The institute’s research in traffic engineering and planning focuses on context sensitive design, the land use/transportation interaction, transportation safety, travel route choice, freight planning, and non-motorized transportation issues. Other engineering faculty study air quality, bridge structural monitoring, and new materials design (including asphalt and concrete). CTI collaborates with researchers from diverse fields such as landscape architecture, psychology, business and statistics.
The current research and educational projects at CTI are funded by a diverse set of agencies: Connecticut Department of Transportation, CT Transit, National Science Foundation (NSF), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the New England University Transportation Center (NEUTC) and the states of Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Massachusetts through the New England Transportation Consortium.
The Connecticut Transportation Institute has three administrative staff that work with all programs, three technology transfer staff, five full time research staff and two part time research staff members.
The following programs operate within CTI: the Technology Transfer (T2) Center, the Connecticut Advanced Pavement Laboratory (CAP Lab) and the Connecticut Cooperative Highway Research Program (CCHRP). Each of these programs is outlined below.
The Technology Transfer (T2) Center’s mission is to foster a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation system by improving the skill and knowledge of local transportation providers through training and technical assistance. The T2 Center bridges the gap between research and practice by conducting workshops and demonstrations. The center has a program director, CTI staff support and a large team of instructors from throughout the United States. The center has been in existence since 1983, and houses the CT Local Technical Assistance Program, one of a network of 58 centers nationally. T2 Programs host an average of 3,500 participants annually. The Technical Assistance, Loan Programs (including Traffic Counter and Safety Town for Children) and our resource library serve all 169 towns in Connecticut. The Technology Transfer Program routinely involves graduate and undergraduate students in their transportation-related projects.
The Connecticut Advanced Pavement Laboratory (CAP Lab) addresses current issues and problems in the area of paving technology. The 10,000 sf lab is fully equipped with current Superpave® testing equipment. The staff have extensive experience with field and materials testing problems related to pavements, can perform a full suite of binder and HMA tests, as well as provide all required mix design services. The CAP Lab offers numerous training courses and certification programs.
The Connecticut Cooperative Highway Research Program (CCHRP) has been a continuing collaborative effort of the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Department of Transportation since 1962. The program, administered through CTI, responds to the evolving complexity of Connecticut’s transportation issues by focusing on multidisciplinary resources on research needs. The Joint Highway Research Advisory Council (JHRAC) meets quarterly to monitor the program and establish research needs. JHRAC, guided by an external peer review process, awards funding each year for 2 to 3 new research projects.