USDOT awards $300M for UTC grants

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Dec. 5 that $300.3 million in grants will go to 32 university transportation centers (UTCs) to accelerate research and education programs dealing with the county’s transportation challenges. The announcement includes awards of as much as $72.5 million for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. Representatives say additional funding will be made available through awards allotted in years to come using Federal FY17–FY20 funds, which will be contingent on the availability of funds and recipients’ compliance with grant terms and conditions. “Our nation faces unprecedented challenges from population growth, a changing climate and increasing freight volumes. Universities are at the forefront of identifying solutions, researching critical emerging issues and ensuring improved access to opportunity for all Americans,” said Secretary Foxx. “This competition supports the future transportation workforce by providing students with opportunities to take part in cutting-edge research with leading experts in the field.”

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