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The U.S. Department of Transportation is seeking applicants to create a network of “centers” using academic activities and programs focused on providing solutions to transportation issues outlined in the “Beyond Traffic” draft report.
The report outlines trends in U.S. transportation through the year 2045 and was created as “an invitation to the American public … to have a frank conversation” about the needs of the country’s transportation system.
These entities would be designated USDOT Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers, and would serve as “thought leaders” to help carry on discussions about the future of transportation, says Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, through curriculum, workforce training, outreach events and research.
“Beyond Traffic launched a national conversation about how our country will change in the next 30 years, often in ways that seriously test our transportation system,” Foxx says. “Our educational institutions are critical to helping us solve these challenges. These designations will create a community of forward-thinking researchers, students, and thought leaders who will play an important role in ensuring our economy continues to grow, as we protect our planet and the American people through a safe, strong and sustainable transportation network for decades to come.”
USDOT wants the centers to address the following questions:
Eligible entities for the designation include:
The deadline for application is Dec. 21. More information is available here..