University Transportation Research Center
The Region 2 University Transportation Research Center (UTRC) at City College is one of ten original Centers established by Congress in 1987 with the recognition that transportation plays a key role in the nation's economy and the quality of life of its citizens. The Center at City College represents USDOT Region II, including New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; City College functions as the lead institution of a consortium of twelve universities.
UTRC conducts research in critical areas related to transit, intermodalism, infrastructure and regional funding and pricing. To develop the annual research agenda, UTRC organizes a "Regional Research Conference" which brings together mid-to-upper level agency managers and university researchers to determine regional research needs. Over the years, it has developed stronger relationships with local sponsors by being more responsive to their needs. As a result, state and local transportation agencies are seeking the Center's help, on a regular basis, to deal with research and training problems that require academic inputs, or the application of state-of-the-art technologies.