U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced earlier this week a $77 million grant to 22 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing our nation. Among these competitive grant award winners is the Georgia Institute of Technology UTC, which will receive $3.5 million in federal funds. The UTCs, which are located throughout the United States, conduct research that directly supports the priorities of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the participating universities are a critical part of our national transportation strategy. Georgia Tech leads a consortium of nine colleges and universities in Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Recent research at the Georgia Tech UTC has focused on transportation economics, freight operations, intelligent transportation systems and performance measurement.
DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), which administers the UTC program, used a competitive selection process to grant award winners. The centers will advance U.S. transportation technology and expertise in research, education, and technology transfer. Each one of the selected UTCs will receive a $3.5 million grant which they must match with funds from non-federal sources. The 22 UTCs selected are all consortia, involving a total of 121 different universities.
UTCs work with regional, state and local transportation agencies to help find solutions to challenges that directly impact their communities and affect the efficiency of the nation’s transportation system. UTC projects are peer-reviewed and the results of their work are shared with the national transportation community to encourage greater progress through collaboration. The selected universities will research a wide range of transportation-related issues including shared rail corridors, innovations in multimodal freight and infrastructure, bridge inspection methods, and reducing roadway fatalities and injuries.