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The MIT Transit Lab is a unique research group within the Massachusetts Institute of Technology focusing on innovative public transit research. The lab staff and students partner with transit agencies around the world to solve practical problems using state of the art methods. Since 1980, the MIT Transit Lab has pushed the boundaries of public transit research in collaboration with some of the worlds' largest transit agencies on four different continents.

Continue scrolling for more information about the history of the MIT Transit Lab, the leadership team and contact details.

Transit Lab Milestones

  • 280 PhD and MS graduates since 1980 (234 since 1994)

  • 19 current graduate students working with four different agencies

  • Over a dozen visiting international students, postdoctoral associates, and visiting professors

Continue to the next slide to see the key milestones of the lab's 50 year history



Jinhua Zhao

Jinhua Zhao is the Edward H. and Joyce Linde Associate Professor of City and Transportation Planning in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Prof. Zhao brings behavioral science and transportation technology together to shape travel behavior, design mobility systems, and reform transportation policies.​ Prof. Zhao is an alumni of the MIT Transit Lab.


Prof. Zhao directs the Transit Lab and the MIT Urban Mobility Lab. He is also the Executive Director of the MIT Mobility Initiative.


Anson Stewart

Deputy Director & Research Scientist

Haris Koutsopoulos

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University

Nigel Wilson

Professor Emeritus

Jim Aloisi

Lecturer of Transportation Policy and Planning

Fred Salvucci

Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Associate

Shenhao Wang

Postdoctoral Associate

John Attanucci

Lecturer, Research Associate and Manager of the MIT Transit Research Program

Andrew Whittle

Edmund K. Turner Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ruth Yiu

Financial Assistant


Looking for more information? Want to get in touch? Send us an email at the address below.


Address: 33 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA, 02139

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