California Department of Transportation

Technology Transfer Services

Technology transfer activities, as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 23, Section 420, are those “that lead to the adoption of a new technique or product by users.” These include “dissemination, demonstration, training, and other activities that lead to eventual innovation.”

While deployment focuses primarily on the implementation of the DRI research results within Caltrans, technology transfer includes the sharing of those results with the larger transportation community. It also includes identification and sharing of best practices that have been developed by others. For example, best practices identified by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), and individual state departments of transportation, are reviewed for relevance to Caltrans. Sound practices and innovative technologies are shared with Caltrans, as well as with county- and municipal-level agencies within the State.

Technology transfer allows all agencies involved to solve transportation problems in a more cost-effective and timely manner than would otherwise be possible, and to adopt state-of-the-art innovations to enhance the quality of service offered to the public.
The DRI is partnering with the Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) to produce technology transfer products and services. DRI and Caltrans will foster a program that emphasizes technology transfer on the national as well as local levels. Caltrans actively participates in the AASHTO Technology Implementation Group and the TRB’s Ideas Deserving Analysis Program.

The Technology Transfer Program  provides training, workshops, conferences, technical assistance and information resources in the transportation-related areas of planning and policy, traffic engineering, project development, infrastructure design and maintenance, safety, environmental issues, railroad and aviation.

The program serves over 25,000 public and private transportation agency personnel in California's 476 cities, 58 counties, over 50 regional transportation planning agencies (MPOs, RTPAs, CTCs and CMAs) and the California Department of Transportation.

The Technology Transfer Program is a division of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Berkeley.