About the Center


In Fall 2015, Vermont’s Transportation Research Center (TRC) joined CEMS after 9-years as a Matrix Center in the Office of the Vice-President for Research.  The move was motivated by UVM’s new budget model which is college-based. The leadership and innovation of the CEMS faculty who worked to establish the TRC was an important factor in this move. 

The TRC is an interdisciplinary hub for research, workforce development, and outreach on sustainable transportation system solutions. The TRC faculty and professional staff focus on transportation planning as it relates to resilience, energy, and equity.

In 2016-2017, research grant expenditures were $2M for the TRC group.  Since its founding in 2006, the TRC has:

  • Attracted millions of dollars of funding to UVM in new external grants;
  • Hosted over 10,500 people at its events;
  • Included over 400 students on research projects;
  • Established the Transportation Air Quality Lab (TAQLab);
  • Launched a significant transportation workforce development initiative.

The TRC began as a National University Transportation Center (UTC), funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and currently is a team member on another UTC, the National Center for Sustainable Transportation.   It hosts the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Vermont Department of Public Service, and the Northeastern Transportation Workforce Center, one of five FHWA funded centers around the country. The TRC manages the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) for the six New England state DOTs and the Vermont Transportation Research Collaborative for the Vermont Agency of Transportation.


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