MSU’s Western Transportation Institute unveils new traveller and safety websites
The Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University has launched two new websites – one, which was designed in conjunction with MSU’s Computer Science Department, will help travellers planning trips in the Pacific Northwest, while another will offer resources for transportation professionals nationwide working to make travel safer on rural roads.
The first site, Roadstosafediscovery.com, which launched this summer, allows visitors to view road events, weather, camera images, cautionary zones, rest areas, recreational opportunities and other travel information along Interstate 90 and I-94 from Washington to Wisconsin. Part of the North/West Passage Operations and Travel Information Integration Sharing Project, the website was developed by WTI and the Computer Science Department in close cooperation with the Montana Department of Transportation and seven other state transportation departments along the corridor.
The second website, http://ruralsafetycenter.org/, which was launched in September, comes from the National Center for Rural Road Safety, which is housed at WTI. In addition to the latest safety-oriented resources, visitors can use the website to sign up for the center’s trainings or join the distribution list for newsletters and updates.
The website is designed to put the latest information on critical road safety issues all in one easily accessible place. For transportation professionals who need to get up to speed on a particular issue, the “rural road safety topics” section offers information on everything from distracted driving, to engineering innovations, to incident management strategies.
The “training and education” section has updates on upcoming in-person trainings created by the National Center for Rural Road Safety or offered by other organizations. Distance training opportunities, such as webinars, will also be highlighted. Registration is also open for the center’s first online training, which will provide an overview of what the center has to offer (http://ruralsafetycenter.org/training-education/safety-center-trainings/).
The National Center for Rural Road Safety opened in December 2014. Funded by the Federal Highway Administration, this center is focused on enhancing safety on rural roads by supporting local, state and tribal road owners and their stakeholders.
Story: Montana State University