The Center for Excellence in Rural Safety provides citizen-centered research, training, and outreach to enhance rural safety and to meet the online and seminar training needs of rural transportation practitioners and policymakers. The Center conducts several focused research activities to explore policy, behavior, and technology approaches, such as projects addressing safety-conscious planning, ITS and rural emergency response, integrated policy approaches, and related human factors, societal trends, and stakeholder needs analysis.
The Center for Excellence in Rural Safety is a joint program between the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Center for Transportation Studies, authorized in 2005 by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The Center's mission is to facilitate training, research and educational exchange in the areas of travel safety and choices, technology, economic development, citizen participation, and community development.
The Center will be conducting research and developing teaching and outreach materials in five thematic areas:
The Center is also actively involved with the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Joint Subcommittee on Rural Road Safety Policy, Programming, and Implementation—the first TRB entity to focus solely on rural roadway safety. The scope of the joint subcommittee includes all research and research-related activities connected to rural roadway safety, the drivers and vehicles that use these facilities, and the needs of the transportation professionals working to implement rural roadway safety policies, programs, and countermeasures. The parent TRB committees of the joint subcommittee are Transportation Safety Management and Low-Volume Roads.
The Center is led by Lee Munnich of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Center for Transportation Studies, with staff leadership from Gina Baas, is collaborating with the Humphrey School to provide the Center's outreach and training services. Other partners include the School of Information Systems and Technology, (Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California) and the New England Transportation Institute (White River Junction, Vermont).
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