Research and Technology Transfer
The MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning is responsible for the conduct of Transportation Research and the transfer of technology information in the Commonwealth. The Research Section develops and manages the Research Program from within the Office of Transportation Planning (Planning). The primary method of conducting research is through research contracts with universities (both private and public), consultants, and other government agencies. The Research Section handles all administrative and management details for procuring and administering contracts and agreements with researchers.
Activities can range from support services for technology transfer to relatively large-scale multi-year research projects on complex problems that require technical assistance from outside resources. Current research activities address key problems and issues in the areas of policy, management, safety, environment, planning, engineering, construction, operations, and maintenance as those areas relate to the Commonwealth’s responsibilities for the state highway, public transportation and inter-modal transportation systems.
Federal State Planning and Research (SPR) funds along with state matching funds are the source of monies for the program. Regulations governing the SPR Program require that 25% of the annual SPR apportionment be used for research development and technology transfer activities.
The Research Section also insures participation of MassDOT personnel in regional and national research efforts. These activities include participation in studies by sponsors such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC), the American Association State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and other states and organizations.
For additional information, please contact:
Stephen Pepin, Manager of Research and Technology Transfer
You may also Contact Us at the main Office of Transportation Planning phone line.