The Council for Advanced Transportation Studies (CATS) was formed in 1972 by the President of The University of Texas at Austin as a multidisciplinary transportation research and educational organization, focusing on national, state, and local transportation problems while providing an academic background for the development of professional careers in several fields of transportation.

In addition to Engineering, the university colleges and schools that were active in the Council included: Architecture and Planning, Business Administration, Communication, Education, General and Comparative Studies, Humanities, Law, The LBJ School of Public Affairs, Natural Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

CATS was merged with the Center for Highway Research (1963-79) in March of 1979 to become the Center for Transportation Research.

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  • Monitoring the Effects of the Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Airport. Volume I, Ground Transportation Impacts 

    Dunlay, William J., Jr; Henry, Lyndon; Caffery, Thomas G.; Wiersig, Douglas W.; Zambrano, Waldo A. (Council for Advanced Transportation Studies, 2014-01-21)
    The report presents new conceptual and methodological approaches to developing models to interrelate airline schedules, airport-based employee work-shift schedules, and airport access ground traffic volumes in any time ...
  • Lateral Steering Dynamics Model for the Dallas/Fort Worth Airtrans 

    Smith, Craig C.; Tsao, Steven (Council for Advanced Transportation Studies, 2013-12-11)
    A lateral dynamic steering model of the automatically steered AIRTRANS vehicle at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is developed. The general nonlinear model is linearized and presented in a form suitable for ride quality ...
  • Psychological Analysis of Degree of Safety in Traffic Environment Design 

    Holahan, Charles J. (Council for Advanced Transportation Studies, 2013-11-11)
    Recent on-site accident investigation studies have estimated that between 10 and 25 percent of automobile accidents involve distraction as a principal causative factor. This report presents the findings of a research project ...
  • Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation 

    Valentine, Deborah; Hales, Gary D.; Williams, Martha; Young, Robert K. (Council for Advanced Transportation Studies, 2013-11-08)
    This report reviews the literature generated by the Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation (MDAI) studies, sponsored under the Highway Act of 1966. The use of a wide variety of professional disciplines to evaluate accident ...
  • An Evaluation of the Utilization of Psychological Knowledge Concerning Potential Roadside Distractors 

    Holahan, Charles J. (Council for Advanced Transportation Studies, 2013-11-08)
    This report presents the findings of a project designed: (1) to evaluate the effect of nighttime distractors on accidents at signalized intersections, and (2) to facilitate the implementation at the local level of traffic ...
  • A Data Base for the U.S. Forest Service Pavement Management System 

    Hernandez, Jorge E.; McCullough, B. Frank; Hudson, W. Ronald (Council for Advanced Transportation Studies, 2013-11-08)
    This report is the first phase of a proposed three-phase project developing and implementing a database for the Pavement Design Management System (PDMS) which was developed by The University of Texas at Austin in cooperation ...
  • Automobile Collision Reconstruction: A Literature Survey 

    Olson, Barry D.; Smith, Craig C. (Council for Advanced Transportation Studies, 2013-11-08)
    A great number of papers have been written dealing with the characteristics of automobile collisions. In this report, the principal research methods which are used are reviewed and the major papers dealing with each method ...
  • System 2000: Data Management for Transportation Impact Studies 

    Derr, Gordon; Dodge, Richard; Walton, C. Michael (Council for Advanced Transportation Studies, 2013-10-23)
    "During the first year of work conducted by the Council for Advanced Transportation Studies (CATS) on Topic II, "The Environmental Impact of Interurban Transportation Systems on Rural Communities," it became apparent that ...
  • Land Value Modeling in Rural Communites 

    Skorpa, Lidvard; Dodge, Richard; Walton, C. Michael (Council for Advanced Transportation Studies, 2013-10-23)
    Investment in transportation systems has mainly been directed at the goal of reducing the cost of travel and increasing user benefits. This has been considered the best way to enhance production activities and thereby ...
  • Regional and community transportation planning issues : A selected annotated bibliography 

    Huddleston, John; Linehan, Ronald; Sayyari, Abdulla; Dodge, Richard; Walton, C. Michael; Hamby, Marsha (Council for Advanced Transportation Studies, 2013-10-23)
    "This memorandum is a by-product of the research effort currently being conducted under the topic, "The Influence of Interurban Transportation Systems on the Rural Environment." The first aim of the research is to produce ...

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