We Can Learn Something from That! Promoting an Experimental Culture in Transportation

Experiments are the most effective way to show what works, or might work, in a given setting. This article describes four types of experiments that can yield useful information for transportation investments: laboratory experiments, analytic models, field experiments and natural experiments. Major natural disasters can be turned into learning experiments that enable agencies to be better prepared. Building a project in stages can result in lesson learned from early stages improving later ones. Fostering a culture of experimentation within the transportation community allows learning through systematic studies of changes from within and threats from without, resulting in a better transportation system.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp. 28-34
  • Serial:
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    • Issue Number: 44
    • Publisher: University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)

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  • Accession Number: 01577585
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 2 2015 11:40AM