The California State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC), a joint initiative by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), was officially launched this week.
The mission of the council is to make transportation innovations available to California citizens as soon as possible and to come up with new programs to address issues within the sector.
"Innovative project delivery drives economic growth and accelerates the development of a safer and more efficient transportation system," Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau said. "The charter we sign today with Caltrans demonstrates the strength of our partnership and is an important step toward our collective efforts to develop a national innovation network with local and state transportation agencies and our private-sector partners."
The council will be made up of representatives from the spectrum of transportation stakeholders, including Caltrans, FHWA, state agencies, local governments and industry partners.
“California’s infrastructure is aging, and our resources are increasingly becoming limited, so the need for innovation is essential,” Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said. “Through the STIC, we hope to identify proven technologies and practices to pilot and implement in California, and ultimately move these proven innovations into use on our roadways faster.”
More information about the STIC is available at www.fhwa.dot.gov/innovation/stic.