The Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure’s (CSTI) vision is to advance the state of sustainable transportation research through collaborative, multi-disciplinary efforts, education, and dissemination of new technologies and knowledge. The path of the Center’s success is centered on achieving established goals and objectives both in the short-term and long-term, and the partners and support needed to realize the vision.

CSTI was created in August 2007. In total, we were able to secure over $4.5 million in external funding. We have completed 12 projects totaling over $2,700,000 (Table 1) since 2010. We are in discussions with PennDOT to secure funding for four more projects, estimated at over $900,000.

In 2011 CSTI sponsored the Transportation Forum at the University of Pittsburgh on April 13th. CSTI, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE), held this one-day forum to explore how engineers will help create the future transportation vision. The Transportation Forum was attended by over 120 transportation professionals, researchers and students. The program included presentations of four research projects conducted by CSTI with PennDOT and a panel discussion on “How Engineering Will Shape the Future of Transportation”. The panel included prominent transportation decision makers who discussed the future of transportation in the nation and our region.

In 2012 CSTI was asked to become a member of the State Transportation Innovation Council. Mark Magalotti, Co-Director, will serve on this council representing CSTI. The State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) will provide multi-stakeholder leadership to perpetuate the deployment of innovation in Pennsylvania. The objectives and duties of the STIC are to identify and recommend ways to ensure that Pennsylvania responds to key issues and challenges that impact the highway program. The STIC will act as a catalyst for rapid deployment of those nationally and State identified technologies, techniques and tactics that have been demonstrated in "real world" applications and can offer improved performance/effectiveness in Pennsylvania. As a member of the STIC, CSTI will continue our mission to be a leader in developing new transportation technologies and knowledge.

Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure

Sustainable transportation infrastructure is one aspect of the broader concept of sustainable development, which has the common definition of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.

Attributes of sustainable transportation include: 

  • Safe, high-quality, and accessible to all
  • Environmentally and ecologically sound
  • Economical
  • Positive contributor to regional development