Morgan State University is Part of Consortium that will Receive $5 Million Grant for Transportation Research

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology announced on June 20, 2014, that two University Transportation Centers (UTCs) will receive a total of $10.32 million in grants to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges.

The University of Virginia and the University of Washington will each receive $5.16 million for fiscal years 2013 and 2014. Headquartered at the University of Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Transportation Center (MATS UTC) is actually a consortium of six universities and includes Morgan State University's National Transportation Center (NTC).

The consortium has received the grant to research and develop energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable modes of transportation. Morgan's share of the grant money will total about $400,000. Other universities in MATS UTC are Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, the University of Delaware, and Marshall University.

The winning grant proposal, submitted in January, was selected from the federally designated Region 3, which includes Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. The grant funds research that directly supports the priorities of the USDOT to promote the safe, efficient and environmentally sound movement of goods and people.

The primary focus of MATS UTC is environmental sustainability of transportation, and projects include sustainable freight movement, which is particularly critical for the Mid-Atlantic region, home to major ports, highways and railroads; coastal infrastructure resiliency, another issue of concern to the region, where the majority of the population lives in areas directly affected by sea-level rise and extreme weather events; energy-efficient urban transportation; enhanced water quality management; and sustainable land-use practices.

Morgan State University's NTC is an outgrowth of the federally funded University Transportation Centers program. The NTC advances U.S. technology and expertise in transportation, research and technology transfer on the university level. Morgan offers more than 184 transportation-related courses and several transportation degree programs.