The Florida Board of Regents established the University of Florida Transportation Research Center (TRC) in October 1972 to provide a central point through which transportation research may be developed, performed and reported. Located in the College of Engineering, the TRC works with a number of other academic units throughout the college and the university.
Since its inception, the center has involved more than 50 faculty members in hundreds of sponsored research
projects at a value of over $40 million. Research results have been implemented by the sponsors and by
practitioners throughout the nation to advance the states of the art and practice in transportation.
The TRC is an interdisciplinary center drawing on expertise from departments such as Computer Science, Operations Research, Psychology, and Occupational Therapy.
Vision and Mission
The TRC vision is to be a leading center for transportation research and education and to be a nationally and internationally recognized resource for transportation expertise throughout the highway transportation industry.
The mission of the TRC is to conduct research relevant to our society's transportation needs, to translate the results of that research so that it may be applied in a realistic and workable fashion, to provide the tools to apply the knowledge and processes, and to educate qualified engineers to meet today's demands and tomorrow's challenges.
The research carried out within the center is focused in the transportation planning and operations areas, including ITS. Examples of recent research include capacity estimation for freeways, ramp metering algorithms, congestion pricing, use of traffic simulation in highway capacity analysis, travel demand forecasting for special generators, and travel time reliability estimation.
Research Areas at the TRC:
Supporting the Transportation Academic Program
- Traffic signal control and optimization
- Highway capacity and level of service
- Transportation systems analysis
- Travel-demand modeling and forecasting
- Congestion and Toll Pricing
- Transportation Policy
- Urban & Regional Planning
- Tools for Multimodal Analysis
- Sea Port, Airport, Railroad Planning, Scheduling, Operations, Optimization
- Supply Chains
- Geographic Information Systems
- Older Driver Considerations
- Safety, Bicycle and Pedestrian Aspects
Academic-research is at the heart of the university's mission. The TRC research activities provide direct support to the academic programs in several important ways:
For details on the transportation academic program, click here.
- Research projects provide experiential opportunities for students to learn how to solve real world problems, as well as financial support.
- Research itself is a learning experience-applying theory learned in the classroom to actual practice.
- Faculty and students working side by side affords the student a special opportunity to learn from the faculty in ways that do not exist in the classroom, and give the student researcher to opportunity to be creative and broaden the faculty member's insights as well.