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National Surface Transportation Safety Center of Excellence

Project Information

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Project Status: 
Start Date: 
Thursday, July 13, 2006
End Date: 
Friday, May 30, 2014
FHWA Program: 
FHWA Topics: 
Safety--Data and Analysis Tools--Highway-Railroad Grade Crossing; Safety--Older Road User; Safety--Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety; Safety--Visibility and Retroflectivity
TRT Terms: 
Aged Drivers; Automatic Data Collection Systems; Commercial Vehicles; Fatigue (Physiological Condition); Ground Transportation; Lighting Systems;Research; Safety; Teenage Drivers; Vehicle Safety
FHWA Discipline: 
TRB Subject Area: 
Data and Information Technology, Research, Safety and Human Factors

Contact Information

First Name: 
Last Name: 
(202) 493-3313
Email Address: 
Program Management
Office of Safety Research and Development
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Project Details

Project Description: 

Section 5309, Centers for Surface Transportation Excellence: Promote and support strategic national surface transportation programs and activities related to the work of State departments of transportation in the areas of environment, surface transportation safety, rural safety, and project finance.


Develop and disseminate advanced transportation safety techniques and innovations.


Deliverable Name: 
Summary of Projects Funded By The Federal Highway Administration for The National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence From July 2006 to June 2014
Deliverable Type: 
Research report or guidelines
Deliverable Description: 
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users authorization established the National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE) at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI). The core objectives of NSTSCE were to conduct research and develop safety devices and techniques that enhance driver performance; examine advanced roadway delineation and lighting systems; improve understanding of the impact of driver fatigue on crashes; develop and evaluate means to reduce the frequency of fatigue-related crashes; develop techniques to address age-related driver issues; and transmit project results to practitioners. NSTSCE’s efforts were structured around a diverse stakeholders group: the Federal Government (the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), State Government (the Virginia Department of Transportation), academia (VTTI), and the private sector (General Motors® and Travelers® Insurance). The stakeholders group collectively reviewed individual project proposals from VTTI, selected proposals to be addressed by VTTI’s researchers, and allocated resources to the selected projects. NSTSCE represented a great opportunity for important safety research to be conducted in support of safety goals broader than those of any individual stakeholder. A total of 58 of the projects conducted by NSTSCE involved the direct funding participation by FHWA to develop advanced safety methods.