Transportation Areas
Bicycles and Pedestrians
Transportation research is concerned with much more than motor vehicles and vehicle operators.
Economics
Reliable, efficient transportation helps to ensure the vitality of the state, regional and national economy.
Environment
Sustainability and environmental consciousness are overarching concerns with much of NTC's research.
Freight
The robustness of America's economy depends on the safe and efficient movement of freight across the nation.
Highways
Today's highways are the primary component of the surface transportation system, but modern challenges include heavier traffic volume, increasingly multi-modal traffic, and shrinking maintenance and construction budgets.
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is one of the most dynamic and fast-growing areas of transportation research and development.
Logistics
Logistics and supply chain distribution projects at NTC aim to find ways to manage and optimize the flow of goods across the state and across North America.
Multimodal Transportation
Multimodal and intermodal transport is an increasingly prominent characteristic of today's surface transportation system.
Pavements
Pavement research at NTC focuses on finding the best ways to extend the life of existing pavements and optimize performance of the roadway surface.
Railroad
Railways are a key mover of freight across Nebraska, the Midwest and North America.
Roundabouts
Roundabouts are safer for both drivers and pedestrians than traffic circles and traditional intersections, leading to an overall reduction in crashes by forcing drivers to reduce their speed.
Structures
Structural research at NTC explores how to design, build and maintain the supporting structures that are integral to transportation in a way that minimizes risk and costs.
Work Zones
Construction and maintenance projects are costly enough without the added cost of lost human lives.


Multidisciplinary
Policy/Legal
Researchers at NTC understand how important the role of research can be in shaping public policy on environmental, economic and safety issues relating to transportation.
Rural Transportation
Nebraska's highways run through largely rural areas with unique needs and challenges.
Safety and Human Performance
Safety is paramount to all NTC research and involves significant interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration.
Workforce Development
The transportation industry as a whole is beginning to confront the challenges of an aging and retiring workforce along with the task of educating and retaining the next generation of workers.


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