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October 4, 2013

University Transportation Research Center at CCNY Receives $25 Million

New funding for the University Transportation Research Center, Region 2, will support projects to help keep transportation infrastructure in a state of good repair.

Transportation systems are vital to New York's regional economy. UTRC will study their impact on regional dynamics, competitiveness and structural changes to local economies.

Dr. Camille Kamga, director, University Transportation Research Center, Region 2

Awarded $5.2 million from U.S. Department of Transportation, $20 million from two New York State agencies

The University Transportation Research Center, Region 2, (UTRC) based at The City College of New York, reports that it has received more than $25 million in new federal and state funding:

  • $5.2 million for 2013 and 2014 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) through the Research and Innovative Technology Administration’s (RITA) University Transportation Center (UTC) program.
  • $10 million over five years from the New York State Department of Transportation.
  • $10 million over five years from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council.

“The award from the federal government is a tremendous vote of confidence not only for us but also for the region we serve,” said Dr. Camille Kamga, the center’s director. “UTRC will promote research that supports the USDOT strategic goals to improve public health and safety, foster livable communities, ensure that transportation assets are maintained in a state of good repair, support the nation's long-term economic competiveness, and work to achieve environmental sustainability.”

Among the projects the grants will support are:

  • Studying the impact of transportation systems on the regional dynamics, competitiveness and structural changes of economies;
  • Developing and evaluating new mechanisms for financing transportation infrastructure and operations;
  • Promoting freight productivity, efficiency, and sustainability through multi-modal policy, planning and logistics;
  • Developing infrastructure monitoring systems to enhance infrastructure inspection and management to ensure a state of good repair;
  • Promoting safe, secure, livable and sustainable communities through quality of life improvements and diverse transportation development.

The center’s research focus under the federal grant will be economic competitiveness. It was one of 33 awardees out of 142 applicants in the 2013 round of USDOT funding. The awards from the New York State Department of Transportation and New York Metropolitan Transportation Council are renewals of existing contracts.

UTRC Region 2 serves New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. In addition to the City University of New York, its participating colleges and universities are: Clarkson University, The College of New Jersey, Columbia University, Cornell University, Hofstra University, Manhattan College, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York Institute of Technology, New York University, Polytechnic Institute of NYU, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rowan University, State University of New York, Stevens Institute of Technology, Syracuse University and University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

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