THE THOMAS D. LARSON


PENNSYLVANIA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE

Facilities

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.

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