The Nick J. Rahall, II Appalachian Transportation Institute (RTI) is a leader in transportation research and economic development solving transportation challenges and addressing future needs through applied multimodal research, workforce development and advanced technology. RTI is also the lead research institution in the Multimodal Transportation and Infrastructure Consortium (MTIC) funded through the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
RTI harnesses advanced transportation technology, leverages resources and employs strategic processes to improve the economic competitiveness of the Appalachian Region and the nation through its connections to the national and global transportation system. Applying these efforts, while cultivating relationships with private industry and public agencies, facilitates the fulfillment of RTI’s mission of “Transportation and Economic Development in Mountain Regions.”
Huntington, West Virginia, provides an ideal location for RTI’s headquarters. Located in the heart of the Appalachian Region, Huntington features the largest inland river port in the nation. Huntington is the home to the intersection of two major rail lines and a variety of additional infrastructure, including the site for the new Heartland Intermodal Gateway at Prichard.
These amenities afford abundant opportunity for conducting site-specific research supporting intermodal planning and analyzing economic factors that will improve mobility and global connectivity.