Maryland launches new multidisciplinary transportation research institute

Based at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), the new Maryland Transportation Institute (MTI) will coordinate more than US$20m in annual research expenditures to spur innovation in the transportation sector. The institute will focus on transportation big data, connected and automated transportation, congestion mitigation, freight and logistics, infrastructure planning and policy, transportation safety and security, smart cities and communities, and future mobility systems.

The institute will make use of the largest transportation data and data analytics center in the USA, which is based in the UMD’s Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab), as well as the UMD National Transportation Center, which is a US Department of Transportation-designated National University Transportation Center. MTI also encompasses leading centers in smart growth, cybersecurity, GIS, logistics, sustainability, computer sciences, behavioral sciences and public health.