The Larson Institute is the locus for transportation-related research conducted by Penn State faculty from more than 14 colleges and research centers. The Institute's extensive laboratory facilities and full-scale test track facilities enable researchers to address problems in three major areas of transportation research: transportation infrastructure; transportation operations; and vehicle systems and safety. Test track facilities allow for advanced research on buses, trucks, trains and locomotives, and automobiles, including hybrid, electric, and other alternative-fuel vehicles; in-situ field durability testing of pavement materials; tire/pavement phenomena; traffic operations and human factors; the effects of crashes and impacts on barriers and vehicles; and bridge loadings, design, construction, monitoring and evaluation. 



The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute is Penn State’s transportation research center. Since its founding in 1968, the Larson Institute has maintained a threefold mission of research, education, and service. The Institute brings together top faculty, world-class facilities and enterprising students from across the University in partnership with public and private stakeholders to address critical transportation-related problems.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891