USDOT seeks to create 4 new university transportation centers

March 30, 2020  - By
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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced competitive grant solicitation for nearly $5 million for four new University Transportation Centers (UTCs).

Through the Notice of Funding Opportunity, DOT intends to fund one UTC in each of the following specific topic areas:

  • Highly automated transportation systems research
  • Communications technology and e-commerce effects on travel demand
  • Implications of accessible automated vehicles and mobility services for people with disabilities
  • Strategic implications of changing public transportation travel trends.

Only U.S. non-profit institutions of higher education are eligible to apply or to be members of a proposed UTC consortium. Non-profit institutions of higher education may include qualifying two-year institutions.

“Our University Transportation Centers are not only the seeds of our future transportation system, they serve as living labs, bringing research to reality. Four new UTCs will address a variety of important 21st century transportation topics,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Diana Furchtgott-Roth.

Thee Tier 1 UTCs will support research needs that DOT has identified under two of the FAST Act research priorities (49 U.S.C. § 6503(c)(1)): “Promoting Safety” and “Improving Mobility of People and Goods.”

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is available now. For more information on the UTC program, contact Nancy Wilochka, (202) 366-5128.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.