Special initiative projects are ongoing partnerships that encourage the exchange of information among industry professionals. These partnerships promote safer, more effective transportation systems. The Center’s involvement in the initiatives is typically an extension of the research conducted within the Center, however, outside the realm of our normal activity. There are currently four major initiatives active within the Center: Fedtrak™, the Midwest Bridge Working Group, CatStrong, and the Center for Advanced Traffic Solutions (CATS Lab). Each of these initiatives has the objective to apply research & technology to solve problems concerning infrastructure, preservation and operation.