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Media Advisory

Media demos of transportation research for PATH 20th Anniversary

19 October 2006

ATTENTION: Transportation and general assignment reporters

Contact: Sarah Yang, Media Relations
(510) 643-7741 scyang@berkeley.edu

Media demonstrations of innovative transportation research projects in advance of the Oct. 26-27 symposium marking the 20th anniversary of the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH). California PATH, established in 1986, is administered by the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Reporters can:

  • Drive a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle or ride a Segway Human Transporter
  • See cars that communicate with the roadside via wireless radios
  • Watch demonstrations of warning systems that use sensors to alert drivers when it is unsafe to make a left turn, automated precision bus docking using magnets embedded in the roadway and other pioneering transportation projects
  • Preview the Parsons Traffic and Transit Laboratory, where traffic lab researchers have collected detailed, real-time traffic and transit data from a number of arterials and transit systems for research on driving and traffic behaviors.

A fuller description of the projects and the Parsons Lab is online at http://www.path.berkeley.edu/path-at-20/press.html.

10 a.m.-12 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25

Building 445 at the UC Richmond Field Station, 1301 South 46th St., Richmond.

Directions and a map are online at http://www.path.berkeley.edu/path-at-20/press.html.

PATH transportation researchers will be on hand to introduce their projects. They include Jim Misener, program leader for Transportation Safety Research, Susan Shaheen, program leader for Policy & Behavioral Research and Meng Li, director of the Parsons Traffic and Transit Laboratory.

The "PATH@Twenty" symposium celebrates the multi-disciplinary program that includes staff, faculty and students from universities statewide, and cooperative projects with private industry, state and local agencies, and non-profit institutions. Symposium information is online at http://www.path.berkeley.edu/path-at-20.