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Centre for Transportation Research and Innovation for People



Centre for Transportation Research and Innovation for People

Background & policy context: 

The Centre for Transportation Research and Innovation for People (TRIP) is a multidisciplinary research centre, funded by the PRTLI Programme of the Higher Education Authority, based in TCD with a link to UCC.

Strategic Objectives: 

The aim of TRIP is to develop and deliver cohesive and dynamic interdisciplinary activity on all aspects of transport research, but in particular in the following areas: 

  • ICT in transportation 
  • Balancing transportation supply and demand 
  • Quality of life 
  • Safety 
  • Environmental impacts of transportation
Programme organisation: 

TRIP aims to radically change the approach to transport research which has tended in the past to follow the formula of applying one discipline to a research question. All research projects within the TRIP Centre will involve at least two disciplines working at an active level on the same research problem, the aim of which is to stimulate transport research to evolve more holistically.

The following departments and disciplines provide a combined and innovative approach to transport research as part of the TRIP Centre: 

  • Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering 
  • Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering 
  • Computer Science 
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering 
  • Geography 
  • Psychology 
  • Economics
Leading Institutions:

Trinity College Dublin

Type of funding:
Programme funding arrangements and funding conditions: 

The TRIP programme has received  EUR 2 million from the PRTLI (Programme for Research at Third Level Institutions) which is in turn funded by the National Development Plan. The PRTLI provides integrated support for institutional strategies, programmes and infrastructure. The programmes is competitive. Calls for proposals are issued to all publicy funded third level institutions.

Participating countries: 
Number of projects:
Projects covered: 
  • The potential impacts of Luas on the travel behaviour of the people of Dublin
  • Measurement of traffic-related atmospheric hydrocarbon concentrations
  • The use and evaluation of traffic microsimulation modelling
  • Real-Time Weigh-In-Motion of Heavy Goods Vehicles
  • Transport Noise Modelling
  • Next generation traffic control
  • Real-time Passenger Information
  • Novel Forms of Information Delivery
  • Parametric and Nonparametric Multivariate Regression Models for Traffic Prediction and Control
  • Video for Mobile Commuters
  • Excess Commuting: Spatial Efficiency, Sustainability and Urban Form in County Dublin
  • Safety Management Systems and Safety Culture in the Transport Industry - a cross modal comparison
  • Best Urban Freight Solutions
  • Analysis of public transport data using data mining techniques
Project Profiles:
  1. Contributions to the safety and efficiency of the multi-drop or local/short haul operations
Contact Name: 
Dr Margaret O'Mahony (Director of Centre for Transport Research)
Contact Email: 
Trinity College Dublin
Department of Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering University of Dublin Trinity College
Dublin 2
Contact country:
+353 (0)1 6082084
Fax Number: 
+353 (0)1 6773072