USDOT to open 2 new University Transportation Centers

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced Wednesday that it will open two new University Transportation Centers (UTCs), one at the University of South Florida (USF) and one at Washington State University (WSU). Each UTC will receive $7.5 million in grant funding for transportation research and education.

The USF center will be called the “National Institute for Congestion Reduction,” and will assess how new tech, big data and innovation can help reduce congestion.

The WSU center will be known as “Congestion Research and Education: Advancing Transportation Efficiency” (CREATE), and will focus on improving the durability and lifespan of transportation infrastructure…

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, deputy assistant secretary for research and technology at USDOT, said in a statement that the UTCs will help to develop solutions “that America needs now,” and this need will only continue to grow.