About Innovative Transportation Research Institute (ITRI)

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The Innovative Transportation Research Institute (ITRI) at TSU was developed in the fall of 2006 by expanding the former Urban Traffic and Air Quality Lab (UTAQL), which was first established in 2000. The goals are to develop, evaluate, optimize, and recommend comprehensive strategies for traffic congestion mitigation, mobile source emission reduction, fuel consumption saving, urban transportation planning, and ITS development, through the smart utilization of advanced technologies, large-scale computer simulation methods, complex modeling systems, and state-of-the-art lab equipment. The missions are to conduct innovative research and development to seek optimal solutions to various transportation problems, and to develop and deliver high-quality education and training programs to traffic engineers, transportation planners, transportation managers, air quality specialists, etc. ITRI receives funding support from various federal and state level agencies, including the newly awarded National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST), where ITRI is a member of the seven-institution consortium, a national University Transportation Center (UTC) funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which also includes the University of California at Davis, University of Southern California, the California State University at Long Beach, the University of California at Riverside, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Vermont.