Renewed Funding for UCR’s National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST)

UC Riverside wins a competitive renewal for the National Center for Sustainable Transportation with partners UC Davis, USC, Cal-State Long Beach, Georgia Tech, and University of Vermont

The University of California, Riverside is a partner in the recently renewed National Center for Sustainable Transportation, in the latest U.S. Department of Transportation‘s University Transportation Center competition. The national center is led by UC Davis and consists of UCR, USC, Cal-State Long Beach, Georgia Tech, and University of Vermont with a focus on advancing a more sustainable transportation system. The national center is one of only five national transportation centers awarded under the University Transportation Centers program reauthorized by the federal

UC Riverside is set to continue work with the NCST.

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. NCST brings together six innovative universities with the goal to move the United States toward a more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable transportation system. Also, it is the only national transportation center focused on environmental preservation.

One of UCR’s key research programs within NCST has been to develop a variety of dynamic Eco-driving techniques that show great promise to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Dynamic Eco-driving is the general concept of modifying driving behavior to reduce fuel consumption, greenhouse gases and pollutant emissions, using real-time traffic information. By driving more smoothly, choosing appropriate speeds, and minimizing sharp accelerations and decelerations, vehicle energy consumption can be significantly reduced.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) invests in the future of transportation through its University Transportation Centers (UTC) Program, which awards and administers grants to consortia of colleges and universities across the United States. The UTC Program advances the state-of-the-art in transportation research and technology, and develops the next generation of transportation professionals. The Congressionally-mandated program has been in place since 1987 to help address our nation’s ever-growing need for the safe, efficient and environmentally sound movement of people and goods.

The approach of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation is to:

  • mobilize a network of leading universities to generate new knowledge and tools that address environmental sustainability in transportation;
  • design and evaluate real-world strategies that contribute to the mitigation of the environmental impacts of transportation and enhance system resiliency; and
  • deliver knowledge and tools through an innovative engagement program with the U.S. Department of Transportation, state DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, local governments, and other public and private sector stakeholders to support implementation of these real-world strategies.

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