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Transportation Research And Education To Get $13.8M


The Department of Transportation is giving more than $13.8 million in grants to eight University Transportation Centers to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges. These centers conduct research that directly supports DOT priorities

The Department of Transportation is giving more than $13.8 million in grants to eight University Transportation Centers to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges. These centers conduct research that directly supports DOT priorities.

ìBy investing in research at our nationís universities, we are helping to address todayís transportation needs while we train tomorrowís transportation professionals,î says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

The only center associated with a medical school, the University Transportation Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham works to address and resolve transportation-safety, trauma-care and injury-control issues associated with the ways individuals travel. That center will use a $550,000 grant to continue research on ways to reduce emergency medical services response times in congested areas, traffic management emergency preparedness and distracted driving.

Headquartered at UC Berkeley, the University of California Transportation Center will use a $2.08 million grant to fund research on a range of issues including goods movement, air quality impact assessment, eco-friendly driving and transit-oriented development. Funds will also provide support for graduate student fellowships and technology transfer.

Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., has been awarded $2.08 million to develop integrated and innovative solutions to transportation challenges by explicitly capturing the interactions between vehicle, traveler, and infrastructure.

The University of Marylandís Center for Integrated Transportation Systems Management will receive $926,700 to continue developing advanced technology, improving processes, and enhancing organizational structures for the integrated management and operation of transportation facilities and corridors.

The Michigan Center for Advancing Safe Transportation throughout the Lifespan, based at the University of Michiganís Transportation Research Institute, will use a $925,700 grant 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.

A consortium of nine universities from five states, the Southeastern Transportation Center will use a $2.08 million grant to provide educational assistance to undergraduate and graduate students throughout the southeastern region, and support basic and applied research into comprehensive transportation safety. That center is based at the University of Tennessee.

Also based at the University of Tennessee, the National Transportation Research Center will receive a $2 million grant to develop public-private research partnerships focused on improving heavy vehicle safety, and security and operational efficiency on the nationís highways.

The University of Vermont Transportation Research Center will receive $3.24 million to support innovative and interdisciplinary research, education and outreach on sustainable transportation system solutions.

DOT provides $81 million in annual funding to 136 colleges and universities conducting transportation research and offering the training needed to manage today's modern transportation infrastructure through this program. These colleges and universities trained 32,000 practicing transportation professionals in 2009.