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Two UC Berkeley transportation groups merge to form new technology-focused research center

18 January 2011

The Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) at the University of California, Berkeley, announced that the California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT) is merging with the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH). ITS is the organized research unit that houses both research centers. The merge has been in the planning stages for many months and is effective today, the opening of the spring semester.

The new center will retain the PATH acronym and the 25 years of transportation research it represents. However, in the new organization, the letters will now indicate the Partners for Advanced Transportation TecHnology, reflecting a mission that is foremost concerned with innovation through technology, rather than with any specific mode of transportation.

PATH will remain a UC-wide program headquartered at UC Berkeley. It will have locations on campus, in downtown Berkeley, and at the Richmond Field Station.

The new center incorporates much of the former PATH and CCIT research leadership, and will be supported by a faculty advisory team and external advisory board composed of transportation leaders from around California.

PATH started in 1986 as a research entity focused on large-scale technical innovations for transportation. It was first the US research center dedicated specifically to intelligent transportation systems. It has been instrumental in the development of major transportation innovations such as vehicle automation and IntelliDrive.

CCIT was created in 2002 to focus on accelerating the implementation of ready-to-deploy transportation research innovations. Its impact is visible in projects throughout California, including freeway signs that compare and display driving and transit times, pioneering work in transportation corridor management, and the development of mobile phones as traffic sensors.

Projects and areas of work already underway at the new center include:

  • Maximization of the benefits of transportation data
  • Evaluation of the performance of transportation systems
  • Development of multimodal integrated systems
  • Continued corridor planning and management
  • Development of safety technology
  • Continued Intellidrive-related research
  • Development of technology to support sustainable transportation systems

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