December 5, 2016—The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, led by the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis), will receive a five-year grant totaling approximately $14 million ($2.8 million in the initial year) to advance a more sustainable transportation system. Other members of the National Center consortium include the University of Vermont, University of California-Riverside, University of Southern California, California State University-Long Beach and Georgia Institute of Technology.
The National Center is one of only five national transportation centers awarded under the University Transportation Centers program reauthorized by the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. It is the only national transportation center focused on environmental preservation.
“The Center’s foci on mobility and accessibility as it relates to energy and climate is an excellent topic for UVM” said UVM Professor Lisa Aultman-Hall, who will continue as the associate director of the National Center. “I am pleased the grant will include CEMS’s Transportation Air Quality Lab, the TRC’s travel demand model work and workforce development initiatives.”
Since its founding in 2006, the UVM Transportation Research Center has attracted a diverse portfolio of external funding. The TRC was founded with funding from the same USDOT University Transportation Center program that is funding the NCST.
The approach of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation is to:
- mobilize a network of leading universities to generate new knowledge and tools that address environmental sustainability in transportation;
- design and evaluate real-world strategies that contribute to the mitigation of the environmental impacts of transportation and enhance system resiliency; and
- deliver knowledge and tools through an innovative engagement program with the U.S. Department of Transportation, state DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, local governments, and other public and private sector stakeholders to support implementation of these real-world strategies.
More information: National Center for Sustainable Transportation.