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UTC SAFETEA-LU Accomplishments (June 2014)

This booklet highlights the activity and significant accomplishments of the 60 University Transportation Centers (UTCs) reauthorized under the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). SAFETEA-LU reauthorized the UTC Program, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) efforts to use cutting-edge technology and innovation to solve the nation’s transportation challenges and to build a transportation...

University Transportation Centers: Celebrating 25 years of innovation in transportation research and education

25 Years of Excellence

America’s investment in transportation research and education through the University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program since 1987 has paid huge dividends. Thousands of graduates supported by the UTC Program are leading, designing, building, managing, and improving our transportation enterprise, and hundreds of transportation research results supported by the UTC Program have been implemented across the United States. The intellectual infrastructure fostered...

Program History

The history of the UTC Program begins in 1988, when the US DOT initiated the UTC Program as authorized in the Surface Transportation and Uniform Relocation Assistance Act of 1987. After a nationwide competition, US DOT awarded grants to create a UTC in each of the ten standard Federal regions. The primary purpose of the program at that time was conducting research.
The Intermodal Surface Transportation Equity Act (ISTEA) of 1991 reauthorized the UTC Program through Fiscal Year 1997,...

About UTC


Internationally recognized centers of excellence, fully integrated within institutions of higher learning, that serve as a vital source of leaders who are prepared to meet the nation’s need for safe, efficient and environmentally sound movement of people and goods.


To advance U.S. technology and expertise in the many disciplines comprising transportation through the mechanisms of education, research and technology transfer at university-based centers...