August 30, 2010
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DOT Awards $13.8 Million for University Programs
DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) has awarded more than $13.8 million in grants to eight University Transportation Centers (UTC) located throughout the nation to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges.
“Sound science and rigorous analysis provide a solid foundation for the development of transportation policy,” said RITA Administrator Peter H. Appel. “The UTC program plays a key role in supporting collaborative research and transportation workforce development that will help us create a truly 21st century transportation system.”
The grants included:
* University of California Transportation Center, headquartered at the University of California at Berkeley, $2.1 million to fund research on a range of issues including goods movement, air quality impact assessment, eco-friendly driving, and transit-oriented development, as well as support for graduate student fellowships and technology transfer.
* Michigan Center for Advancing Safe Transportation throughout the Lifespan, based at the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, $925,700 to support research, education, and technology transfer activities that address the changing perceptual, cognitive, and movement abilities of older drivers. It will also address the transportation needs of young people and older adults, when they are unable or choose not to drive themselves, and the elevated crash risk of young drivers.
* NEXTRANS Center, headquartered at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, $2.1 million to develop integrated and innovative solutions to transportation challenges by explicitly capturing the interactions between vehicle, traveler, and infrastructure.
* University of Maryland’s Center for Integrated Transportation Systems Management, $926,700 to continue developing advanced technology, improving processes, and enhancing organizational structures for the integrated management and operation of transportation facilities and corridors.
* A consortium of nine universities from five states, the Southeastern Transportation Center (STC), $2.1 million for educational assistance to undergraduate and graduate students throughout the southeastern region, and basic and applied research into comprehensive transportation safety. STC is based at the University of Tennessee.
* University of Vermont Transportation Research Center, $3.2 million for innovative and interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach on sustainable transportation system solutions.
“By investing in research at our nation’s universities, we are helping to address today’s transportation needs while we train tomorrow’s transportation professionals,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
More information about the UTC Program can be found here.