#326 Synthesis of Research Results and Technology Trends to Inform Federal, State, Regional and Local Policies for Smart Mobility of People and Goods - Phase 3

Principal Investigator
Stan Caldwell
Start Date
July 1, 2020
End Date
June 30, 2021
Research Type
Grant Type
Grant Program
FAST Act - Mobility National (2016 - 2022)
Grant Cycle
2020 Mobility21 UTC


Carnegie Mellon and its University Transportation Center partner institutions (Community College of Allegheny County, The Ohio State University, and the University of Pennsylvania) have a variety of research projects underway or completed on a diverse set of topics.  Individual researchers publish research results and transfer technology for their individual projects.
This research project is intended to track disruptive technologies impacting transportation, assess a variety of policy alternatives and to synthesis research results from the full range of CMU and partner research efforts to inform smart mobility policy at the national, state, regional and local levels.  It is also intended to identify new research opportunities for smart mobility applications.         
The research work is conducted through a variety of activities:
•	Meetings with civic and business leaders and government policy makers to discuss transportation challenges and advise on applicable smart mobility policies.  These meetings include southwestern Pennsylvania, state, regional, national and international leaders and policy makers.   
•	Presentations and publications providing policy analyses of smart mobility alternatives, such as connected and automated vehicle policies or multi-modal operational policies.
•	Active participation in policy-making groups such as the Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force, Smart Belt Coalition, The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility and Infrastructure's New Mobility Collaborative, Intelligent Transportation Society of America's Automated Vehicle Legislation Committee, and the Oakland Task Force.
•	Interaction with researchers at Carnegie Mellon and elsewhere to identify new opportunities for research and transportation policy improvement.  Included in this activity is participation in national organizations such as Transportation Research Board Executive Committee and the Leadership Circle of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.
•	Research national and international disruptive transportation technology trends and associated policies.  Synthesize and disseminate this information through the Traffic21/UTC blog, social media and industry recognized Smart Transportation Dispatch weekly email newsletter.  Provide quotes and articles related to this research to national social and traditional media outlets.  
-      Write policy briefs and other related publications to disseminate synthesis research results     
Continuous research and synthesis dissemination from July 2020 through June 2021    
Deployment Plan
See detailed description above     
Expected Accomplishments and Metrics
Metrics of meetings with stakeholders will be tracked as well as data from distribution of research synthesis results through events and social and traditional media sources.  Impacts of policy adoption as a direct result of research synthesis will also be tracked, recorded and disseminated on the UTC website.  In the past results have have published in policy briefs and this is likely to continue in this phase as well.       

Individuals Involved

Email Name Affiliation Role Position
stancaldwell@cmu.edu Caldwell, Stan Carnegie Mellon University PI Faculty - Adjunct
cth@cmu.edu Hendrickson, Chris Carnegie Mellon University Co-PI Faculty - Tenured


Amount of UTC Funds Awarded
Total Project Budget (from all funding sources)


Type Name Uploaded
Data Management Plan 326_-_Caldwell_Hendrickson_2020_Mobility21_Project_DMP.pdf March 17, 2020, 11:48 a.m.
Project Brief Synthesis_of_Research_Results_to_Inform_Policies_for_Smart_Mobility_of_Goods_and_People_-_Phase_3-_2020_Proposal.docx March 13, 2020, 6:34 a.m.
Presentation Caldwell_Hendrickson_M21_2020_Project_slides.pdf March 13, 2020, 6:38 a.m.
Presentation “Changing Hunger: CMU Works with 412 Food Rescue and Allies for Children to Deliver School Lunches to Children due to COVID-19” Sept. 30, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
Presentation “Ready or Not, Here it Comes: How Disruptive Technologies coming out of the Pittsburgh region will impact our communities and what local governments can do to prepare for and utilize these innovations to deliver more efficient and smarter services to its residents.” Sept. 30, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
Presentation “Possibilities for Deep Decarbonization of US Transportation Modes” Sept. 30, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
Presentation “Autonomous Vehicles: Why Now and Why Pittsburgh” Sept. 30, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
Presentation How New Technologies are Impacting Transportation and Improving Infrastructure Durability Sept. 30, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
Presentation “Embracing Technology Disruptions with Cautious Optimism in the COVID Era.” Sept. 30, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
Presentation Autonomous Vehicle Trends Since March 2020 Sept. 30, 2020, 7:05 p.m.
Publication Mobility_Accessibility_and_Connectivity_Recommendations_Concerning_RUral_Transportation_Equity_in_Pennsylvania.pdf Sept. 30, 2020, 7:10 p.m.
Progress Report 326_Progress_Report_2020-09-30 Sept. 30, 2020, 7:10 p.m.
Publication The COVID-19 Pandemic and Transportation Engineering. Nov. 27, 2020, 7:54 p.m.
Presentation “Are We There Yet? Deployment of Connected and Automated Vehicles in the U.S.” March 29, 2021, 8:40 p.m.
Presentation “Role of Technology to Support Innovation and Shape the Future of Urban Mobility Post-COVID” March 29, 2021, 8:40 p.m.
Presentation Innovations in Mobility March 29, 2021, 8:40 p.m.
Presentation Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States: Technology, Policy and Societal Dimensions” March 29, 2021, 8:40 p.m.
Progress Report 326_Progress_Report_2021-03-31 March 29, 2021, 8:41 p.m.
Publication Accelerating Decarbonization of the U.S. Energy System March 30, 2021, 5:42 a.m.
Publication Travel Impacts of a Complete Street Project in a Mixed Urban Corridor March 30, 2021, 5:43 a.m.
Publication Travel Impacts of a Complete Street Project in a Mixed Urban Corridor March 30, 2021, 5:43 a.m.
Publication Technology Revolutions: Bringing Tomorrow Here Today March 30, 2021, 5:44 a.m.
Final Report Final_Report_-_326.pdf Aug. 1, 2021, 9:51 a.m.

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