Research, Innovation & Support

Transportation and Logistics Research Centers

Center for Engineering Logistics and Distribution (CELDi) at the University of Missouri—Columbia: CELDi is a multi-university, multi-disciplinary National Science Foundation sponsored Industry/University Cooperative Research Center.  Research focuses on supply chain modeling, material flow design & improvement, and intelligent systems. Missouri companies that have worked with MU-CELDi at MU include Leggett & Platt, Ameren, Boeing, and Hallmark.

Missouri University of Science and Technology Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety: CTIS is one of only 10 National University Transportation Centers in the nation. The UTC program was created in 1988 to meet the nation's need for the safe, efficient and environmentally sound movement of people and goods through research, education and technology transfer. Participating universities are involved in a variety of advanced and applied research ranging from intelligent transportation systems and fuel-efficient vehicle deployment to innovations that will improve passenger safety and reduce traffic and freight congestion. National UTCs are expected to provide national leadership in advancing research and technology solutions to America's transportation challenges.

UMSL Center for Transportation Studies: Researchers at the Center for Transportation Studies have performed transportation analysis for companies including Forward Air Corporation, St. Onge Company, Lanter Company, and Emerson Motor Company.

Organizations Improving Missouri's Transportation Assets

KC SmartPort is a non-profit economic development organization composed of investors from all aspects of the supply chain, growing Kansas City's transportation and logistics industry.  KC SmartPort works with local industries to move goods into, out of and through the Kansas City area.

Missouri Transportation Alliance (MoTA) is a nonpartisan, citizen-led group of transportation stakeholders, first responders, small businesses, cities and counties, and community leaders committed to delivering a smart, sustainable long-term transportation plan to provide greater safety for Missouri's families and spur the economy.

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Intelligent Transportation Systems, or ITS, encompass a broad range of information, control and electronics technologies for managing surface transportation, such as roads and bridges.  When integrated into the roads and in vehicles themselves, these technologies help monitor and manage traffic flow, reduce congestion, provide alternate routes to travelers, enhance productivity, and save lives, time and money.  Having this real time data enhances traffic operators' ability to respond to incidents, adverse weather or other capacity constricting events.

Missouri has three Traffic Management Centers. a type of ITS.  These centers monitor the roadways, respond to congestion and incidents and deliver information to travelers via a number of means, including web sites, dynamic message signs and highway advisory radio.