California Department of Transportation

Research Areas

Transportation research plays a critical role in enabling the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to provide for the efficient, safe, and environmentally sensitive movement of people and goods in a rapidly changing global economy. The Division of Research, Innovation and System Information (DRISI) is responsible for coordinating and managing research within Caltrans. Shown below are the DRISI functional research areas:


Transportation Safety and Mobility
  • Habitat Mitigation
  • Landscape
  • Noise Reduction
  • Threatened and Endangered Species
  • Facility Operations Research
  • Roadside Safety
  • Traffic
  • Vehicle Loads
Maintenance Pavement
  • Highway Durability
  • Material Durability
  • Non-Destructive Testing
  • Sign Maintenance
  • Flexible Pavement
  • Pavement Products
  • Product Evaluation
  • Rigid Pavement
Geotechnical / Structures Planning / Policy / Programming
  • Composites
  • Geotechnology
  • Materials
  • Seismology
  • Structural Connections
  • Traffic Network Simulation
  • University Programs in Transportation Research
  • Air Quality
  • Climate Change
  • Economic Analysis
  • Freight Planning
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • System and Corridor Planning
  • Transportation Forecasting, Analysis and Modeling
Modal Rural
  • Bus Rapid Transit
  • Rail
  • Smart Personal Mobility
  • Rural Smart Maintenance and Managements
  • Rural Professional Capacity Building
  • Rural Highway Conditions and Regional Traveler Information
  • Rural Highway Safety, Driver Behavior and Design
  • Rural Regional Initiatives
  • Rural Emergency Response and Communication Systems