Transportation is a transdisciplinary field of study that broadly examines the movement of people and goods over space as well as the economic, public health, environmental and social impacts of those systems. Local, regional and global transportation systems are vital to building community, the economy, and quality of life. Transportation designs, programs and policies impact the environment, energy, culture, equitable mobility between regions and groups, as well as quality of life. Critical transportation system issues and problems in the 21st century will require interdisciplinary teams to design innovative solutions. The overall goal of STSP Certificate is to establish a baseline of transportation system knowledge and to develop advanced critical thinking around interdisciplinary partnerships addressing problems in transportation and mobility.
UVM envisions three important outcomes of the study and application of sustainable transportation system.
(1) Knowledge; wherein UVM employs original data gathering, analysis and modeling to gain fundamental insights regarding how humans make travel decisions and how transportation systems function,
(2) Innovative Solutions; wherein UVM explores how combinations of policy, education, design and technology intersect to advance new or improved systems of mobility and access, and
(3) Informed Decision-Making; wherein UVM provides transportation research results, education and outreach to inform the development of sustainable transportation policies.