Welcome to the CTLS Website

“The idea of focusing on sustainability is to understand the trade-offs, so that there is no longer a single minded focus on one aspect of life to the detriment of other aspects.” – Dr. Norman Garrick

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Welcome to the Center for Transportation and Livable Systems (CTLS), the University of Connecticut’s University Transportation Center funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The theme of our center is Sustainable and Livable Transportation Systems for Smart Growth. We’re excited about the role CTLS will play in addressing pressing national issues and research needs in transportation and smart growth.

CTLS is part of the UConn Consortium of Transportation Centers (UCTC), a trio of transportation centers that conduct complementary and collaborative research in transportation and infrastructure systems. The Connecticut Transportation Institute (CTI) and Center for Resilient Transportation Infrastructure (CRTI) complete the consortium – providing expertise in materials, security, sensing and more.

CTLS pursues an innovative, integrative, and multi-disciplinary vision of sustainable transportation systems by:

  • Integrating transportation and land use.
  • Leveraging technological innovation.
  • Promoting sustainability in communities, mobility and the economy.
  • Creating safe and efficient systems.

As you visit our site please be sure to explore the upcoming CTLS activities, learn more about the people that are CTLS, download some of our recent publications and be sure to contact us with any questions you might have.

If you are interested in applying for the Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship program for 2013, you can find information here.



2014 Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF) Seeks Applicants

CTLS is pleased to announce the fourth year of the Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF) program. The TURF program at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is an intensive summer research experience designed for junior and senior undergraduate college students who … Continue reading

Highway Death Tolls Rise for First Time in Six Years

Crash fatalities on U.S. highways in 2012 rose 5.3% as compared to 2011. This number ended a six year run of consistent declines in crash fatalities. Approximately 34,000 people died on highways in 2012 – meaning that 1.1 people die … Continue reading

DOT Commits $600,000 to Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center

The state of Connecticut Department of Transportation has committed $600,000 dollars to the 6 month old Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center (CTSRC). CTSRC shares the Longley Building on UConn’s Depot Campus with CTLS. The CTSRC is a relatively new program … Continue reading

New York Takes Steps to Divide Bike Lanes from Streets

Dr. Nicholas Lownes is the head of CTLS, but he is also a researcher himself. One of his recent projects, CTLS 11-05, is currently aiming to provide a model by which city planners can understand the interactions between freight vehicles … Continue reading

Fisker’s $103,000 Electric Vehicle cost $660,000 to Make

Fisker Automotive, an electric car company, paid $660,000 to produce each Karma-brand car which sold for $103,000, according to Bloomberg.com. That is to say the company lost $557,000 on each automobile the U.S.-backed Finnish company produced. When the company halted … Continue reading

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