Transportation, Space, and Technology Program

Technological innovation is central to counterterrorism, critical infrastructures like transportation and energy systems, space enterprise, and nearly every other aspect of society. The Transportation, Space, and Technology Program manages research on new technologies and their implications for the nation and the world. Projects in this program focus on transportation systems and regulation, ports, space exploration, information and telecommunications technologies and regulation, federal research and development allocation, and social implications of emerging technologies.

  • Pay as You Go

    Jul 22, 2015

    Using vehicle miles traveled as a means of distributing the cost of maintaining America's roads and bridges may not be the only answer. But it represents the kind of innovative thinking that is necessary when this sector of the American transportation infrastructure is desperately in need of a fix.

  • How to Improve Oregon's Mileage-Fee Experiment

    Jul 7, 2015

    Oregon is rolling out the nation's first large-scale pilot to examine switching to a mileage fee instead of the gas tax. The trial is a welcome next step toward understanding how mileage fees can be deployed.

  • Economic Growth Will Be the Main Driver of Mobility in China in 2030

    Jun 30, 2015

    Continued economic growth will be the main driver of future mobility and automobile use in China, but constraints on vehicle use and environmental regulations will be important issues as well.

  • How Smart Grids Can Change the Way We Live

    Apr 27, 2015

    A modernized, “smart” grid could change how much you pay for electricity, where it comes from, and how likely you are to lose it in a summer storm. But has the reality of the smart grid kept pace with the promise?

  • Has California's Ban on Hand-held Cell Phone Use Decreased Traffic Accidents?

    Jul 23, 2014

    In an effort to deter distracted driving and traffic accidents, California enacted a ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving. A study examines the issue, the success of the initiative — and what it means for the future.

  • A Vision for Qatar's School Transportation System

    Feb 21, 2012

    Considering the challenges associated with continued growth and demographic changes, the government of Qatar is interested in updating its school transportation system (STS). This volume assesses the perspectives of parents and school administrators, identifies a vision for the STS, and discusses strategies to achieve it.

  • Extending Copenhagen's Traffic Model May Help Reduce Congestion

    Feb 9, 2012

    RAND Europe is expanding the original traffic model it developed for Copenhagen to include time-of-day choice for car drivers. Doing so will allow city planners to assess the effectiveness of different charging policies aimed at reducing congestion levels.

  • How Will Migration Impact UK Transport and Congestion?

    Jan 10, 2012

    The UK Migration Advisory Committee asked RAND Europe to examine how migration is likely to impact transport networks and congestion. The resulting research is one of the first studies using UK data to provide an empirical evidence base about migrants' travel behavior and impacts.

  • Is the United States Losing Its Edge in Science and Technology?

    Jan 6, 2012

    On May 14, 2009, Titus Galama discussed the reality of U.S. competitiveness in science and technology and whether gains by China, India, and other nations are affecting America's chances of remaining a scientific leader.

  • The Characteristics of Cyberspace Pose Challenges to Those Who Seek to Defend It

    Dec 22, 2011

    It has become clear that Stuxnet-like worms pose a serious threat even to critical U.S. infrastructure and computer systems that are not connected to the Internet. However, defending against such attacks involves complex technological and legal issues.