Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) of Southwestern PA, Carnegie Mellon University and Westmoreland County are partnering to plan and design the Pennsylvania Safety, Transportation and Research Track, or PennSTART — a state-of-the-art facility envisioned to benefit emergency responders, transportation technology companies, and research institutions while supporting the local economy.

PennSTART’s aim is to address safety, training, and research needs in six key areas: traffic incident management (TIM); tolling and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technology; work zones; commercial vehicles; transit vehicles; and AV and other emerging technologies.

The facility will be built at and adjacent to the RIDC Westmoreland site in Mount Pleasant. 


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A  state-of-the-art training, testing and testing facility to address the transportation safety, research and operational needs of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic Region in six key areas:

  • Traffic Incident Management
  • Connected & Automated Vehicles
  • Tolling, ITS and Traffic Signals
  • Work Zones
  • Commercial Vehicles
  • Transit Vehicles
  • Autonomous Technologies


Construct a best-in-class facility in Southwestern Pennsylvania to modernize and enhance training of first responders and enable developers and manufacturers of autonomous technologies to test and refine their products. 

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