Northeastern University was recently named a Beyond Traffic Innovation Center by the Department of Transportation to help address our nation’s transportation challenges. The effort is a response to a recent DoT report, “Beyond Traffic 2045,” that found our transportation system and current planning mechanisms insufficient to respond to factors like population growth, new technology, and climate change over the next 30 years.
The Northeastern team will be focusing on the Northeast megaregion, spanning 11 states and the District of Columbia. Working across academia as well as the public and private sectors, researchers at Northeastern will emphasize the role big data can play in addressing challenges and improving decision making in infrastructure and transit planning.
Continuing our work bringing together research, policy, and practice, Boston Area Research Initiative is excited to work with our colleagues in the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and across the University to examine opportunities to translate cutting edge transportation research into innovations in policy and practice.
“This is a great opportunity for the University and the various centers in the School to bring together top-notch research in engineering, data science and policy in order to help guide major investments and policies that will shape how the region and nation tackle a wide range of mobility issues,” says Matthias Ruth, Director of Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. “Through the integration of research, education and engagement with the public, private and non-profit sectors we’ll not only lay the footprint for development in the region over the next 50 years and more, but we’ll set in motion a model on how to solve complex problems, such as the ones associated with transportation.”
For the official announcement, click here.