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August 11, 2022 - Mount Pleasant, PA

ADVISORY - PennDOT, Pa. Turnpike, RIDC of Southwestern PA to Collaborate on State-of-the-Art Safety, Training and Research Facility

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Yassmin Gramian announced that the department, the Pa. Turnpike Commission, and the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) of Southwestern PA are partnering on site planning and design for the Pennsylvania Safety, Transportation and Research Track, or PennSTART -a state-of-the-art facility envisioned to benefit emergency responders, transportation technology companies, and research institutions while supporting the local economy.

"As highway safety and transportation technologies advance, our teams, first responders, students and researchers should also be learning about these tools," Gramian said. "PennSTART will provide access to innovative technologies for testing and education."

In addition to allowing Automated Vehicle (AV) testing and development, PennSTART's aim is to address safety, training, and research needs in six key areas: traffic incident management (TIM); tolling and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technology; work zones; commercial vehicles; transit vehicles; and AV and other emerging technologies.

Don Smith - President of RIDC
Yassmin Gramian - Secretary of PennDOT
Robert Taylor - Chief Technology Officer with the PA Turnpike Commission
Dr. Raj Rajkumar - Professor at Carnegie Melon
Sean Kertes - Chair of Westmoreland Co. Commissioners