As of October 1, 2016, the SWUTC concluded its 28 years of operation and is no longer an active center of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The archived SWUTC website remains available here.

Facilitating Historic Preservation through Transit-Oriented Development

Study examines how communities can use transit-oriented development to revitalize historic neighborhoods around stations.

Student Highlight: Meredith Cebelak

Meredith Cebelak is a PhD student at the University of Texas in the SWUTC Advanced Institute program.  Here she discusses her Masters Thesis which uses social media check-in data for use in transportation models.

Research Technology Transfer: Changing Perceptions

At a recent forum on the University of Texas campus, Dr. Talia McCray discusses findings from two of her recent SWUTC research efforts – how to change the perceptions of cycling and transit use in the African American community.

Research Technology Transfer: Autonomous Vehicles

During the July meeting of the TRB Automated Vehicle Conference at Stanford University, UT-Austin researcher, Dr. Kockelman presented the paper Environmental Implications of Shared Autonomous Vehicles Using an Agent-Based Model based on her recent SWUTC research work.  Here, she shares some key takeaways with us.

New Findings in Voice-To-Text Research

Texting drivers may believe they’re being more careful when they use the voice-to-text method, but new research findings suggest that those applications offer no real safety advantage over manual texting.

Texting Doubles a Driver’s Reaction Time

With funding from USDOT to the SWUTC, researchers at the Texas Transportation Institute have determined that a driver’s reaction time is doubled when distracted by reading or sending a text message. The study reveals how the texting impairment is even greater than many experts believed, and demonstrates how texting drivers are less able to react to sudden roadway hazards.