Midwest Transportation Consortium : 2007-2008 annual report.

Midwest Transportation Consortium : 2007-2008 annual report.

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    In October 2007, Iowa State University’s Midwest Transportation Consortium (MTC) entered its first year as a Tier I University Transportation Center (UTC) under the theme “Transportation Safety through Improvements in Management Information Systems.” Because of the MTC’s location in a largely rural region, the center has focused generally on intercity/rural traffic safety for motor vehicles. The MTC’s specific theme makes it easy for its partner universities to work with each other and with the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT), the center’s major funding match partner. The MTC is composed of the three Iowa Regents universities: Iowa State University (lead), the University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa. All three universities have conducted and are currently conducting traffic safety research, each within a specific niche: • Human factors to improve safety—University of Iowa • Crash statistics and analysis to support safety design in the design and operations of roadways—Iowa State University • Geographic information systems and statistical tools to conduct safety analysis— University of Northern Iowa The focused theme also enables the three partner universities to integrate classes and student supervision among the universities. For example, Iowa State University students have taken safety-related courses to broaden their educational experience at the University of Iowa, and vice versa. In addition, an Iowa State University student has participated in University of Iowa research projects, and a member of the Iowa State University management team is a member of the University of Iowa graduate college and serves on Ph.D. committees at the University of Iowa. In terms of research, having a narrow focus with a specific objective has been advantageous. With the emphasis on safety under the current federal transportation policy bill (SAFETEA-LU), the MTC has found that its focus on safety has been important and popular.
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