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College of Engineering and
Engineering Experiment Station

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173820
Bozeman, MT 59717-3820

Tel: (406) 994-2272
Fax: (406) 994-6665
E-mail: engrinfo@coe.montana.edu
Location: 212 Roberts

Dean and Director:
Robert Marley
> College of Engineering
Points of Excellence: Spectacular Educational Setting
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Yellowstone National Park traffic jam
photo by Jim Peaco National Park Service
WTI helps national parks protect resources and accommodate visitors. WTI is taking a comprehensive approach to help national parks find ways to protect natural resources but still provide memorable experiences to millions of visitors each year. Trying to accommodate too many private vehicles driven by the growing number of visitors can not only ruin visitor experiences with traffic jams, it can also harm wildlife by causing more vehicle-animal collisions and degrading habitat. WTI is collaborating with parks in the U.S. and Canada to apply expertise in road ecology and information systems to solve current problems and to make sound planning decisions. WTI is involved in both gathering and disseminating information with systems to do such varied tasks as monitor traffic or provide advisories about work zones, alternate routes, and road conditions to visitors using the 511 phone system.
   
Swan Lake in Yellowstone National Park
photo by Jim Peaco National Park Service
Students conduct transportation research in Yellowstone. The Western Transportation Institute (WTI) gives students unrivaled opportunities to conduct undergraduate and graduate research in Yellowstone National Park. WTI students conducted traffic counts and speed studies in the park that led to the deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems technologies. These research experiences also gave engineering students the opportunity to learn about the unique transportation challenges faced within a National Park environment.

 

 

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