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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.

The mission of UTCA is to advance the technology and expertise in the multiple disciplines that comprise transportation through the mechanisms of education, research, and technology transfer while serving as a university-based center of excellence.

For more information, visit www.utca.eng.ua.edu.
10th University Transportation Centers Spotlight Conference on Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
December 1-2, 2016
The Keck Center of the National Academies of Sciences,
Engineering, and Medicine Washington, D.C.

Supported by The University Transportation Centers Program
Office of the Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Abstracts Due by August 9, 2016

The subject of the 10th University Transportation Centers Spotlight Conference is Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety. Each year, pedestrian and bicycle fatalities comprise over 12 percent of all traffic fatalities.  Conditions for safe bicycling and walking have wide-ranging impacts related to accessing public transportation, commuting to school and work, accessing local services, and improving general health.  USDOT Secretary Foxx’s pedestrian and bicycle safety initiative has become one of the Department’s signature programs.  However, there is a dearth of data and research on the topic leading to more questions than answers.

The conference will promote synergies among diverse transportation research and practitioner groups in order to understand and address the unique issues involved with pedestrian and bicycle safety; to spotlight recently completed and ongoing research by USDOT University Transportation Centers (UTC) and others; and to identify existing knowledge gaps in current research and related activities.

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DOT Opens Competition for Transportation Research Grants

Today, we [the USDOT] announced that up to $377.5 million will be available over 5 years to support solution-oriented transportation research at colleges and universities under our University Transportation Centers (UTC) program.  For Fiscal Year 2016, that’s a substantial investment of up to $72.5 million in the talent and ingenuity cultivated in American higher education. 

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