Menendez, Booker, Pallone Announce $2.5M for Transportation Research at Rutgers University

Menendez, Booker, Pallone Announce $2.5M for Transportation Research at Rutgers University


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and Congressman Frank Pallone (N.J.-06) today announced $2,570,600 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to support Rutgers University’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT).

“We need investments in safe, smart, and cutting-edge infrastructure so that New Jersey businesses, workers, and families can compete and succeed in the 21st century,” Sen. Menendez said. “This federal grant of more than $2.5 million will help ensure the Rutgers Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation continues to lead the nation in bridge safety testing, highway construction and planning, and transportation research and technology. Investing in New Jersey’s infrastructure is a top priority of mine in the Senate and I’m going to keep fighting to bring federal dollars to institutions like CAIT so that they can continue preparing the next generation of transportation professionals and developing new technologies for the future.”

“By supporting Rutgers and their partner universities in critical research on our nation’s infrastructure, this federal grant marks a significant investment in the safety and efficiency of our aging roads and bridges in New Jersey and beyond," said Sen. Booker. “I’m proud to see such a great New Jersey institution as Rutgers serving a lead role in finding solutions to some of the most pressing infrastructure issues facing our nation."

“I am pleased to see that funding is going towards important research needed to address the most pressing infrastructure needs here in New Jersey and throughout the United States,” said Rep. Pallone. “My office stands ready to continue working with CAIT and Rutgers to ensure we have the most economically viable, resilient, and environmentally friendly roads, bridges, and ports possible."

Last year, Sens. Menendez and Booker led a New Jersey delegation letter urging USDOT to designate Rutgers University’s CAIT a Regional University Transportation Center.

Established in 1987, University Transportation Centers (UTC) help address our nation’s growing need for safe, durable and more efficient infrastructure and transportation systems.