SAFETEA-LU Section 5505 designates 10 non-profit institutions of higher learning to establish and operate national university transportation centers. The role of each center shall be to advance significant transportation research on critical national transportation issues and to expand the workforce of transportation professionals.
Federal funding for National UTCs is authorized at $2 million in FY 2005 and $3.5 million in FYs 2006 to 2009. These amounts must be matched 100 percent with non-Federal funds.
National UTCs are not required by statute to establish a consortium of universities. However, all of them have embraced various forms of collaboration with other universities that are within geographic proximity and/or thematic compatibilities.
The designated National UTCs and their themes are listed in table 3.