Center for Excellence in Rural Safety - Training and Outreach
Gina Baas, Associate Director, Center for Transportation Studies
The Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS) at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs was established by the 2005 federal transportation act to facilitate research, training, and outreach (Section 5309(b) of SAFETEA-LU). CERS is a joint program of the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) and the Humphrey Institute's State and Local Policy Program. The mission of CERS is to provide research, training, and outreach on innovative uses of technology to enhance rural safety and economic development; assess local community needs to improve access to mobile emergency treatment; and develop online and seminar training for rural transportation practitioners and policymakers. CTS leads the CERS training and outreach activities. These include: organizing and conducting an annual Summer Institute in support of the mission, theme, and objectives of CERS; producing and distributing a quarterly electronic newsletter; developing and maintaining a Web site; and developing and conducting training activities. CTS also supports the CERS advisory group and coordinates its activities.