University Transportation Centers

With each Federal authorization, USDOT creates and funds new research institutes through its University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program, which awards and administers grants to consortia of colleges and universities across the United States. The UTC Program advances the state-of-the-art in transportation research and technology, and develops the next generation of transportation professionals. The Congressionally-mandated program has been in place since 1987 to help address our Nation’s ever-growing need for the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound movement of people and goods.  Since its inception, Caltrans has provided an opportunity for the UTCs to use state funds for research contracts in order to meet it’s non-federal match obligations under the federal award.  DRISI works to match research needs in multiple disciplines with potential researchers at each UTC on an annual basis. 

Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act)
 
The Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR UTC)
The Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center (PSR UTC) is led by the University of Southern California and includes seven partners: California State University, Long Beach, University of California, Davis, University of California, Irvine, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Hawaii, Northern Arizona University, and Pima Community College. The PSR UTC will address the FAST Act research priority area of Improving Mobility of People and Goods by conducting an integrated, multidisciplinary program of research, education and technology transfer aimed at improving the mobility of people and goods throughout the region. The PSR UTC program is organized around four themes: 1) Technology to address transportation problems and improve mobility; 2) Improving mobility for vulnerable populations; 3) Improving resilience and protecting the environment; and 4) managing mobility in high growth areas.
 
Contract Manager:

Christine Azevedo
  Email: christine.azevedo@dot.ca.gov
  Phone: (916) 227-5340
 
Related Documents:
 
  • PSR Fact Sheet (PDF)
The MINETA Consortium for Transportation Mobility (MCTM)
The Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility (MCTM), led by the Mineta Transportation Institute at San José State University, conducts research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer activities to improve mobility of people and goods. MCTM seeks to ensure the nation's transportation system is safe, efficient, accessible and convenient for all.
 
Contract Manager:
Kayo Lao
Email: kayo.lao@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 227-3236
 
Related Documents:
 
  • PSR Fact Sheet (PDF)

The National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST)
The National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) led by the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, provides national leadership in advancing environmentally sustainable transportation through cutting-edge research, direct policy engagement, and education of our future leaders.

Contract Manager:


Scott Williams
Email: scott.willians@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (916) 227-6250

Related Documents:

  • PSR Fact Sheet (PDF)

Historical UTC Information

University Transportation Centers

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law on December 4, 2015, President Obama signed (Pub. L. No. 114-94) —the first federal law in over a decade to provide long-term funding certainty for surface transportation infrastructure planning and investment. The FAST Act authorizes $305 billion over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for highway, highway and motor vehicle safety, public transportation, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials safety, rail, and research, technology, and statistics programs. The FAST Act maintains our focus on safety, keeps intact the established structure of the various highway-related programs we manage, continues efforts to streamline project delivery and, for the first time, provides a dedicated source of federal dollars for freight projects. With the enactment of the FAST Act, states and local governments are now moving forward with critical transportation projects with the confidence that they will have a federal partner over the long term.

Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act)

University Transportation Centers Homepages - Current UTCs under the FAST Act Transportation Bill