Friday, August 19, 2005 - The U.S. Department of Transportations Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) announced today that a $665,000 federal grant has been awarded to the Midwest Transportation Consortium (MTC), based at Iowa State University, to apply research and the latest technologies to improve transportation system management and operations.
MTC 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.
MTC was established to support transportation research, education and technology transfer that will improve the management and efficiency of transportation systems. The Center trains current and future transportation professionals with the skills required to manage todays modern transportation infrastructure.
The MTC consortium is made up of Iowa State University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Lincoln University in Jefferson, MO. More information about the MTC can be found at http://www.ctre.iastate.edu/mtc/index.htm.
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.