Lautenberg, Menendez Announce $3.5 Million for Transportation Research Consortium at Rutgers

Lautenberg, Menendez Announce $3.5 Million for Transportation Research Consortium at Rutgers

Newark - U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $3.5 million to the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) at Rutgers University to continue as a University Transportation Center (UTC) and to create a research consortium with other universities.

"Rutgers is national leader in researching solutionsto meetour country's transportation challenges,"said Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which authorizes the UTC program. "With this direct federal investment, Rutgers will build a research consortium with universities around the country that willidentifyinitiativesfor strengtheningour country's infrastructure.I will continue to fight for federal funding that keeps New Jersey on the move and on the cutting edge of transportation research."

"Little is of more importance to our regional economy than a top-notch transportation system,""While I'm not surprised, I am incredibly pleased that Rutgers' researchers will be leading the efforts to enhance the nation's transportation infrastructure." said Senator Menendez.

Earlier this year, Senators Lautenberg and Menendezwrote a letterin support of CAIT's application for this DOT grant. CAIT will use the funds tobuild a consortium comprised of researchers atNew Jersey Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Columbia University, University of Delaware, University of Texas at El Paso, Utah State University, University of Virginia, and Virginia Tech that will create stronger academic partnerships to advance transportation research across the country.

DOT-designated UTCswork to advance U.S. technology and expertise in transportation through education, research, and technology transfer at university-based centers of excellence.CAIT at Rutgers became a UTCin 1998 and currently has 14 active programs that address 10 different infrastructure areas working to increase the safety and efficiency of our transportation network.

In addition, Rutgers will participate in the National Transit Research Consortium, which also received a $3.5 million DOT grant. This consortium is led by the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.