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UTRC follows the reporting requirements set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). The purpose of these reports is to share the funded research results available for the transportation professionals and researchers and to publish the center’s past and future activities in the education, workforce development and technology transfer programs.

UTRC publications include a variety of reports; Project Reports, Project Briefs, Journal Articles, Quarterly Newsletters, Annual Reports, and Conference Reports. These reports can be accessed using the search tool which filters publications by the report type, publication year, principal investigator, and research topics.

Title: Empowering Individuals to Make Environmentally Sustainable and Healthy Transportation Choices in Mega-Cities through a Smartphone App

Author(s): Dr. Yan Zheng, Dr. Alfredo Morabia, Dr. Hongmian Gong

Publication Year: 2013

A paradox of industrialized society is the overreliance on unsustainable fossil fuel energy for transportation and insufficient use of sustainable bodily energy for more physically active modes of transport. Different modes of transportation…

Title: Consistency of the New York State Bridge Inspection Program

Author(s): Dr. Anil Agrawal

Publication Year: 2013

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) maintains an inventory of over 17,000 highway bridges across the state. As per New York State’s Uniform Code of Bridge Inspections, all bridges in New York State are inspected biennially,…

Title: Verification/Development of Seismic Design Specifications for Downstate Zone

Author(s): Dr. Anil Agrawal, Dr. Huabei Liu

Publication Year: 2014

The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) Seismic Design Guidelines Report was updated in September 2008 by Weidlinger Associates to reflect current state-of-the-art knowledge. The NYCDOT seismic design guidelines are for use in the…

Title: One Standard For All. Criminal Background Checks for Taxicab, For-Hire, and Transportation Network Company (TNC) Drivers

Author(s): Matthew W. Daus, Esq

Publication Year: 2015

In the last year or so, a nationwide discussion has been sparked regarding the accuracy, reliability, and adequacy of the public safety requirements that are imposed on for-hire vehicle (“FHV”) providers. Much of the debate has centered around…

Title: The Politics of Infrastructure Investment Decision-Making: Report of the Statistical Analysis of Selected Hypotheses

Author(s): Patrizia Nobbe, Dr. Joseph Berechman

Publication Year: 2014

The objective of a statistical analysis of the politics of mega‐project decision‐making is to examine political and other project indicators and compare their impact on project decisions and performance. To our knowledge, no statistical analysis…

Title: Determining Binder Flushing Causes in New York State

Author(s): Dr. Thomas Bennert

Publication Year: 2014

In 2007, a number of asphalt pavements in New York State flushed. An extensive forensic and laboratory investigation was conducted to determine why particular New York State asphalt pavements constructed in 2007 had undergone “atypical” flushing…

Title: The Effects of Public-Private Partnerships on Traffice Safety: Evidence from Mexico

Author(s): Dr. Rick Geddes

Publication Year: 2014

The use of public-private partnerships (PPPs) worldwide to facilitate private-sector participation in a variety of transportation infrastructure delivery tasks is growing. Tasks increasingly allocated to the private sector include the design,…

Title: Analysis of Environmental and Infrastructure Impacts of Transportation Activities Associated with High Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing Operations in the Marcellus Shale Formation Using the Geospatial Intermodal Freight Transport (GIFT)

Author(s): Dr. Karl Korfmacher, Dr. James J. Winebrake, Dr. J. Scott Hawker

Publication Year: 2015

The natural gas extraction method, High-Volume Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF), has a significant transportation component that impacts transport infrastructure and rural communities in both positive and negative ways. Estimates provided…

Title: Robotic Inspection of Bridges Using Impact-echo Technology

Author(s): Dr. John (Jizhong) Xiao, Dr. Anil Agrawal

Publication Year: 2015

During the first year of the project, we integrate an impact-echo device with a mobile robot for automatic NDT inspection of bridge decks to generate a 2D/3D map showing flaws. We found from field test that most of the bridge decks have groove…

Title: High Visibility Reflective Sign Sheeting Evaluation

Author(s): Dr. Mark Rea, Dr. John Bullough

Publication Year: 2014

Highway signs are a critical part of the roadway infrastructure, providing important information to drivers to assist in navigation, identify potentially hazardous roadway locations, and to remind drivers of safe operating practices. Ensuring…

Title: Effectiveness-Based Pavement Preservation Selection Based on Statistical Analysis of Long Term Pavement Performance Data Research Brief

Author(s): Dr. Hao Wang

Publication Year: 2014

This study compared the effectiveness of preservation treatments on pavement surface friction and investigated the long-term variation of friction using the data collected in the Specific Pavement Studies-3 (SPS-3) of the Long Term Pavement…

Title: Impact Analysis of Recreational Transit Services on Local Community Economic Development, Employment and Spending

Author(s): Dr. Devajyoti Deka

Publication Year: 2014

Public transit service provided by NJ TRANSIT is used throughout the state of New Jersey by a large number of persons to visit recreational activities. Such activities include beach-related recreation and amusement, sporting events, concerts, and…

Title: Assessing Behavior Changes Under The Influence of Travel Demand Management Strategies

Author(s): Dr. Xiaokun (Cara) Wang

Publication Year: 2014

In order to achieve an efficient transportation system, proper demand management strategies are more critical than increasing facility capacity. Previous studies suggest that most of the strategies have substantial impacts on traffic pattern and…

Title: Freight Tricycle Operations in New York City

Author(s): Dr. Alison Conway, Dr. Camille Kamga

Publication Year: 2014

As cities become more congested and increasingly focused on sustainability, cargo cycles offer a potential alternative to motorized vehicles for local and last-mile goods delivery. However, few studies have examined…

Title: Subsurface Imaging of Corrosion in Painted Steel Bridges

Author(s): Dr. Alexey Sidelev

Publication Year: 2014

According to a comprehensive study conducted in 1998 by CC Technologies, corrosion to the US economy was $276 billion or 3 % of the 1998 GDP (FHWA-RD-01-156). From that amount, $121 billion was spent on corrosion control and $107 billion was…

Title: UTRC 2015 TRB Compendium


Publication Year: 2014

Title: Landfill Closure with Dredged Materials - Desktop Analysis

Author(s): Dr. Robert Miskewitz

Publication Year: 2014

This report describes a Rutgers University project for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) designed to analyze the potential for closure of New Jersey landfills using dredge material from existing Confined Disposal Facilities (CDF…

Title: Adaptive Traffic Signal Control System (ACS Lite) for Wolf Road, Albany, New York

Author(s): Dr. Xuegang (Jeff) Ban, Dr. Camille Kamga, Dr. Xiaokun (Cara) Wang, Dr. Kyriacos Mouskos

Publication Year: 2014

Adaptive Control Software Lite (ACS-Lite) is a traffic signal timing optimization system that dynamically adjusts traffic signal timings to meet current traffic demands. The purpose of this research project was to deploy and evaluate the ACS-Lite…

Title: Full-Scale Investigation of Wind-Induced Vibrations of Mast-Arm Traffic Signal Structures

Author(s): Dr. Michael O'Rourke, Dr. Chris Letchford

Publication Year: 2014

Because of their inherent flexibility and low damping ratios, cantilevered mast-arm traffic signal structures are susceptible to wind-induced vibrations. These vibrations cause structural stresses and strains to develop in a cyclical fashion…

Title: Speed and Design Consistency of Combined Horizontal and Vertical Alignments in Two-Lane Rural Roads

Author(s): Dr. Ivette Cruzado Vélez

Publication Year: 2014

One of the most important equations in highway design is the formula for the minimum radius of horizontal curve which considers the design speed of the highway, the superelevation, and the side friction factor. Traditionally, differences in the…