We leverage cross-disciplinary efforts, systems thinking, and public and private sector partnerships to drive innovation forward and to accelerate the transformation to a mobility system that is safe, clean and inclusive. Learn more about the MIT mobility ecosystem via the MIT Mobility Initiative.  


The global mobility system is undergoing profound transformation. An unprecedented combination of new data and technologies (autonomy, electrification, and AI) is colliding with new and evolving priorities and objectives (decarbonization, public health, and social justice). And the timeframe for these changes – decarbonization in particular – is short in a system with massive amounts of fixed, long-life assets and entrenched behaviors and cultures. 
The MIT Mobility Initiative (MMI) was founded as a global resource to accelerate the transformation to a mobility system that is safe, clean and inclusive. In addition to on-going research in a number of fields, the Initiative is home to the Institute’s cross-disciplinary graduate program in transportation, which provides graduate degrees for students interested in transportation studies and research. Students choose from a wide range of introductory and advanced subjects related to transportation and engage with real-world projects and challenges to build an education that prepares them to be the leaders of tomorrow’s transportation system.

Areas of Study

Systems & Operations

MIT faculty lead the way in network and systems analyses, often applying newly developed methods to transportation problems. Transportation is inherently a complex system, requiring an array of tools and methodologies to explore its constituent parts. Mobility Initiative faculty members approach the analysis of key areas such as autonomy, connectivity, multimodal integration, electrification, and more with a systems lens in order to design efficient & robust systems and networks.

Analytics & Computation

Data is helping to transform the global transportation system. New sensors, methodologies, and other technologies have offered new ways of increasing operational efficiency, flexibility, sustainability, safety and more. MIT researchers are investigating new ways of storing, analyzing, and synthesizing this data to enable informed decisions by transportation operators and policy makers.

Planning, Policy & Institutions

MIT's top ranked city planning program is training the next generation of transportation planners and policy makers. Urban mobility is shaped by political decisions and land-use patterns. Researchers and students are investigating these relationships and creating new planning tools to promote a sustainable, equitable future. Active student projects range from transit-oriented development policies for cities to mobility solutions for informal settlements.