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Center shares in federal funding for environmentally sustainable transportation research

July 28, 2014–The Delaware Center for Transportation (DCT), a research center housed in the University of Delaware’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will share in $5.2 million in federal funding for environmentally sustainable transportation research as part of a regional consortium of universities.


Awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the funding supports research by the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability University Center (MATC-UTC) led by University of Virginia.

In addition to UD and Virginia, consortium members include Marshall University, Morgan State University, Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech.

According to Ardeshir Faghri, DCT director and professor of civil and environmental engineering, the center’s strength lies in its emphasis on environmental practices in transportation engineering and its established relationships with the Institute for Public Administration in UD’s School of Public Policy and Administration.

“This combination of engineering, plus planning and policy has distinguished UD’s transportation center among state and federal transportation agencies,” Faghri says.

With $1 million in new funding, DCT faculty research will address alternative fuels, multimodal transportation facility resilience, mode choice among commuters, land use planning and environmental sustainability, and infrastructure and development patterns to support reduced driving.

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