The CST specializes in multimodal transportation research initiatives for operations, planning and safety:
- Urban signal control
- Transit signal priority
- Commercial vehicle inspection
- Commercial fleet operation
- Airline passenger demand
- Connected Vehicle (CV) technology
- Smartphone-based CV technology
To achieve these initiatives and deliver practical, relevant solutions, the CST works under core research themes:
With the help of the Steering Committee (composed of CST Researchers and Centre Partners) these themes are refreshed each year to ensure that the CST’s technical studies and ensuing solutions are innovative and efficient, as well as applicable and operative. The Steering Committee sets the CST's goals, priorities and performance measures, as well as identifies specific research themes. These themes not only address real-life transportation issues, but also capitalize on the CST’s unique resources in expertise and technology. By leveraging a combination of university, government, and industry support, the CST Steering Committee ensures that the individual projects that participate in these research themes have the broadest possible impact.
Working within the parameters set by the CST Steering Committee’s research themes, the availability of the test bed and other resources, and the emerging needs identified by members of the transportation field, CST researchers and partners will enter into project-specific collaborations to address problems of mutual interest in the area of traffic and transportation engineering. These projects will be supported by the researchers’ expertise and expert network, their access to technology, and their ability to leverage additional funding, as well as by the partner’s practical experience, on-site equipment, and financial contributions.
These collaborations will result in several tangible benefits for both the partner and the university, including readily applicable transportation solutions, enhanced knowledge for practitioners and experts alike, new technologies and practices, the improvement of the workforce through the training of highly qualified personnel (HQP), and decision support for organizations in the form of technical reports and data.