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 which is working to transcribe handwritten and typed police vehicle accident reports into digital files which are mapped on a Geographic Information System (GIS).

An example of a popular GIS is Google Earth. In its case, business reviews, and roadways are data points in one gigantic system. The CTRSC model will map the time, and location of vehicle crashes in the state of Connecticut, as they relate to roadways.  This will help Government officials analyze crash data more efficiently and thoroughly than ever before.

In an announcement with UConn Provost Mun Choi, and DOT Commisioner Jim Redeker, Governor Dannel Malloy said that CTRSC will “[help] make our highways safer, and will save taxpayer dollars in the process. The system modernizes crash reporting – law enforcement can file reports faster, first responders can clear crash scenes more quickly, and traffic flow will be restored sooner.”

CT Energy Strategy Features Alternative Fuel Sources

In the face of climate change and economic uncertainty, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy announced his administration’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy last week. The new strategy, compiled by the Connecticut Department for Energy and Environmental Protection, will address energy initiatives for the next year.

One of the initiatives addresses the expansion of alternative fuel vehicles in the state. (You can read about CTLS researcher Peng Zhang’s research regarding deployment of electric vehicles here.)

The report reads: “Connecticut’s current transportation system is over-reliant on oil-based fuels, which are increasingly expensive and which contribute significantly to the state’s greenhouse gas emissions profile. With 95 percent of Connecticut’s transportation energy supplied by gasoline and diesel, transportation emerges as the least fuel-diverse of any of the state’s energy use sectors.”

The report acknowledges that access to alternative fuels is limited in the state, and hopes to encourage the creation of more access points. Alternative fuels it hopes to provide on a larger scale include natural gas, propane, ethanol blends, and hydrogen. It also aims to increase the amount of public charging stations in the state.

An increase in the availability of alternative fuel sources will help prepare Connecticut for a future where gasoline will no longer be the most important way of powering our automobiles.

A full copy of the report can be found here.