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UMass gets transportation research grant

  • The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) campus



Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

AMHERST – The UMass Transportation Center has received $6.1 million in state funding to launch several new initiatives, including new research and the consolidation of programs that support transportation-related issues statewide. 

The center in the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Engineering will use the money to combine and run the the state’s Local Technical Assistance Program, Transportation Training Institute and Cooperative Research Program as one unit. 

University officials say the consolidation is designed to foster innovation and speed up the implementation of new programs and ideas in the transportation sector.

The UMass Transportation Center also will provide research and support the Massachusetts Department of Transportation by making resources more accessible and providing training that benefits the state’s transportation infrastructure and industry. 

“This provides a closer, more specialized relationship between UMass Amherst and MassDOT,” Michael A. Knodler, UMTC director and associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, said in a statement Wednesday. 

The Local Technical Assistance Program was established by the Federal Highway Administration to serve state and tribal governments with improving access to highway, road and street technology for local departments of public works and highway departments. 

The Transportation Training Institute focuses on the development needs of engineering consultants while the Cooperative Research Program focuses on transportation research, technology transfer and technology implementation.