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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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ALDOT Traffic Management Center Helping West Alabama

WBRC: The Alabama Department of Transportation's Traffic Management Center has been running since June on the University of Alabama campus. State and school officials working there say they've already made a positive impact on west Alabama driving habits. You can see high volumes of traffic on high definition television screens there. "If there's crashes, if there's accidents or construction, it's a great avenue for us to get that info out," ALDOT spokesman John McWilliams said. Those screens show angles from more than 50 traffic cameras spread out among intersections between Tuscaloosa and Cottondale.\

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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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