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Welcome to the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) website. This website was developed to present an overview of the research being conducted at the CATT, and to provide you with useful information that has been developed from these activities. You will discover that the activities of the Center cover a diverse set of topics such as transportation performance measures, transportation system management and operations, data visualization, data fusion, systems engineering, project management, and interoperability of first responders. It also includes links to the websites of the programs contained within the Center including our extensive ITS distance learning program, where you can receive additional valuable information on these subjects. Whether you are a Faculty Researcher, a transportation official, or a student interested in the subject of advanced transportation technology, you are likely to discover information relevent to your interests. We welcome your visit to the website, and hope that you find it a valuable experience.

Thomas H. Jacobs,
Center Director

Who We Are

The Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT) at the University of Maryland, College Park was created in order to respond to the significant changes brought about by increasing use of advanced technologies in the transportation field. A permanent staff of ITS professionals and affiliated faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering supports the CATT. All offer extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of ITS technology, traffic engineering and control, systems analysis, and operations research. CATT provides an organizational umbrella for five major initiatives including CapWIN, CATT Lab, CATTworks, CITE, MD T2 Center, and MATOC. This structure can be seen below.

What We Do

The CATT provides a bridge between the intelligent transportation systems (ITS) community, the information technology community, and other disciplines essential to the successful application of ITS.

Our Mission

To foster the development and application of innovative approaches to existing and emerging transportation needs through research, education, and deployment assistance.





Capital Wireless
Information Net


(CATT Lab)


CATT Works


Consortium for
ITS Training and
Education (CITE)


Technology Transfer Center
(MD T2 Center)


Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC)


The Eastern Transportation Coalition (TETC)



The Capital Wireless Information Net (CapWIN) is a partnership between the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia to develop an interoperable first responder data communication and information sharing network. CapWIN's application suite enables:

  • Incident management & coordination across agencies, regions, and public safety and transportation disciplines
  • Secure one-to-one & group public and private discussions
  • A robust and searchable directory of individual first responders -- a "411 Directory" for public safety and transportation agencies
  • Access to operational data/resources, including regional transportation data and multiple state/federal law enforcement criminal databases

For more information about CapWIN, visit their website


The University of Maryland's Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Lab) supports National, State, and local efforts to provide safe and efficient transportation systems through improved operations and management by means of research and development, technology implementation, training and education.

The CATT Lab's research and development activities provide a bridge between the intelligent transportation systems (ITS) community, the information technology community, and other disciplines essential to the successful application of ITS.

For more information about CATT Lab, visit their website

CATT Works

CATTworks is the transportation analytics branch of the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Transportation Technology (CATT). CATTworks specialized in high risk high rewards research in transportation engineering. For more detailed information about CATTworks, visit the website


The purpose of the Consortium for ITS Training and Education (CITE) is to create an integrated advanced transportation training and education program. The program, based on a consortium of universities, is open to anyone pursuing a career in advanced transportation. Instruction offered through CITE may include graduate and undergraduate level courses, as well as skill-based training and technology transfer. In addition to its educational responsibilities, CITE will facilitate networking and communication among universities and other CITE members.

For more information about CITE, visit their website.

MD T2 Center

The Maryland Transportation Technology Transfer Center (MD T2 Center) was established in 1984 at the University of Maryland, College Park. LTAP provides an excellent foundation for T2 activities in Maryland. Each year, the Center works with the Maryland SHA and the FHWA to develop a work plan that meets the training and technology assistance needs of agencies with transportation responsibilities within the state of Maryland.

For more information about the MD T2 Center, visit their website


Following experiences from the 9/11 attacks and other major incidents, transportation officials from Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) have committed to share and coordinate their transportation systems' conditions and information management during regional incidents. On behalf of the region, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) has partnered with the major transportation agencies in creating MATOC, the Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination Program.

For more information about MATOC, visit their website


The Eastern Transportation Coalition is a partnership of 18 states and D.C. focused on connecting public agencies across modes of travel to increase safety and efficiency. Formerly the I-95 Corridor Coalition, the organization started as an informal group of transportation professionals working together to manage highway incidents that impacted travel across state lines. In the past 25 years the Eastern Transportation Coalition has evolved from a small, highway-focused group to more than 200 public agencies working together to address the pressing challenges facing the eastern corridor with a focus on Transportation Systems Management & OperationsFreight, and Innovation.

For more information about TETC, visit their website


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