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Affiliated Centers

National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence

The National Surface Transportation Safety Center for Excellence (NSTSCE) at VTTI was established by the Federal Public Transportation Act of 2005 to develop and disseminate advanced transportation safety techniques and innovations in both rural and urban communities.

NSTSCE research focuses on four major objectives:

  1. Develop and test transportation devices and techniques that enhance driver performance
  2. Evaluate the roadway environment and infrastructure-based safety systems
  3. Address mobility for vulnerable road users
  4. Examine driver impairment issues

NSTSCE is guided and supported financially by a group of stakeholders that includes General Motors, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia Center for Transportation Research, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and VTTI. Each stakeholder annually contributes $200,000 to the center and guides the research portfolio to address key surface transportation issues. This group shares a vision of improving safety for all road users, locally and nationally. If you are interested in learning more about NSTSCE or becoming a stakeholder, contact Jon Hankey at