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USDOT provides $9.2 million for transportation research


On Friday, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced it awarded more than $9.2 million in grants to seven university transportation centers that are employing new technologies and developing new approaches to improve transportation systems nationwide.

Grants include $1 million for Baltimore’s Morgan State University to help conduct research into urban transportation challenges, such as ways to reduce waiting and travel times for passengers using transit-rail service and analyzing the transportation needs of an increasing number of elderly individuals caring for young children.

In addition, the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University will receive $3.2 million; the Southwest Region University Transportation Center at Texas A&M University will obtain $2.1 million; Texas A&M University’s University Transportation Center for Mobility will receive $1.5 million; the Center for Transportation and Materials Engineering at Youngstown State University will obtain $463,400; and the University of Delaware University Transportation Center and the Sustainable Transportation Center based at the University of California Davis Institute of Transportation Studies each will receive $462,900.

“From reducing congestion along vital transportation corridors to exploring transportation applications for newly developed advance composites, these universities are advancing research aligned with our national priorities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a prepared statement.

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