Special Committee on Research and Innovation
Keith Platte, P.E., Associate Program Director, Project Delivery
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is the parent organization of RAC. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the United States. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.
The U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a major agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). FHWA is charged with the broad responsibility of ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be the safest and most technologically up-to-date. Although State, local, and tribal governments own most of the Nation’s highways, FHWA provides financial and technical support to them for constructing, improving, and preserving America’s highway system.
The TPF Program allows state DOTs, FHWA, and others to combine their resources and achieve common research goals in solving transportation-related problems, including research, planning, and technology transfer activities. Pooling resources reduces marginal costs, provides efficient use of taxpayer dollars, and delivers greater benefits to participants than they might otherwise be able to achieve by performing the work on their own.