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University Transportation Center for Alabama

The UTCA designated and funded as a university transportation center by the US Department of Transportation. UTCA serves a unique role as a joint effort of the three campuses of the University of Alabama System. It is headquartered at the University of Alabama (UA) with branch offices at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). Interdisciplinary faculty members from the three campuses (individually or as part of teams) perform research, education, and technology-transfer projects using funds provided by UTCA and external sponsors.

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DOT Opens Competition for Transportation Research Grants
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced today that a maximum of $377.5 million in funding will be available over five years for the University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program, including awards of up to $72.5 million for Fiscal Year 2016.  In 2016, for the first time, two-year institutions of higher education are eligible to partner in the UTC consortia.

The work of UTCs will align with the Department’s vision to move the United States “Beyond Traffic” and towards a 21st Century transportation system that moves people and goods more efficiently. The FAST Act specifies six research priorities which UTCs selected through this competition must address: improving mobility of people and goods; reducing congestion; promoting safety; improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure; preserving the environment; and preserving the existing transportation system.

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