“ The central premise of the MIT Transit Program is that investment in intellectual capital is as important as investment in the physical infrastructure."
Transit Lab Senior Research Associate and Former Secretary of Transportation for Massachusetts
The MIT Transit Lab program is defined by many simultaneous partnerships with some of the largest transit agencies in the world, enabling cross cultural learning by agencies and students alike. Our students and staff embed within the agencies to understand needs and produce actionable research.
Specific research topics are defined jointly with each agency sponsor on an annual basis, and each topic has a designated transit agency liaison who provides essential data and who works closely with the research team in formulating the problem, evaluating alternatives and implementing results. MIT faculty take the lead in interactions with the agency, based on years of professional experience directing the planning, design, financing, construction and operation of public transportation systems. These projects enable the students to develop in-depth knowledge of a particular area, and their research provides new thinking on topics of importance to the transit agency.
Here are some of our current and past agency partners - click for more details: