Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportations Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $1.3 million federal grant has been awarded to the University of Rhode Islands (URI) Transportation Center to apply research and the latest technologies to improve Americas highways, transit systems and transportation infrastructure.
The URI Transportation Center is part of the national University Transportation Centers (UTC) program, which is administered by RITA. RITA is dedicated to coordinating the Departments research and development programs and advancing innovative technology solutions to the challenges facing Americas transportation system. Grant recipients are required to provide matching funds.
UTC programs attract talented researchers and students today to engage them in creating the transportation system of tomorrow, said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta. This grant demonstrates the importance of research and technology to the Departments mission of making sure that transportation continues to be an engine of economic growth for the United States well into the 21st century.
The URI Transportation Center was established in 1999 to conduct education, research, and technology transfer that will improve Americas highways, mass transit systems and transportation infrastructure, particularly in a marine environment. More information about the University of Rhode Island Transportation Center can be found at http://www.uritc.uri.edu.
More than 75 colleges and universities throughout the United States participate in the UTC program conducting transportation research, education and technology transfer. Last year, UTC colleges and universities graduated over 1,100 students with advanced transportation-related degrees, offered almost 2,000 undergraduate and graduate transportation courses, conducted 300 research projects, and trained 32,000 practicing transportation professionals.
More information about the UTC program can be found at www.rita.dot.gov.