FOSTERING URBAN TRANSPORTATION ACTIVITIES IN UNIVERSITIES: RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ADMINISTRATION

SECTION II OF THE URBAN MASS TRANSPORTATION ACT OF 1964, AS AMENDED, PROVIDES GRANTS TO UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES FOR RESEARCH, STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES. UMTA HAS BEEN EXPLORING THE FEASIBILITY OF CONCENTRATING AVAILABLE SUPPORT AT A SMALLER NUMBER OF INSTITUTION WHICH WOULD PERMIT MORE EXTENSIVE PROGRAMS AT THE SELECTED UNIVERSITIES. IT IS ALSO SEARCHING FOR WAYS TO STIMULATE RESEARCH, TRAINING, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES MORE DIRECTLY APPLICABLE TO URBAN TRANSPORTATION AND OPERATIONS, BOTH FOR UMTA PROGRAMS AND FOR THE CONCERNS OF STATE, REGIONAL, AND LOCAL AGENCIES INVOLVED IN URBAN TRANSPORTATION. THIS STUDY FOUND THAT UMTA GRANTS TO UNIVERSITIES HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASED BOTH RESEARCH AND TRAINED PERSONNEL IN THE FIELD OF URBAN TRANSPORTATION. INDICATIONS ARE THAT WHETHER A UNIVERSITY IS PUBLIC OR PRIVATE HAS LITTLE RELATION TO ITS ABILITY TO SERVE AS A RESOURCE FOR A REGION LARGER THAN A SINGLE STATE, ALTHOUGH OTHER INSTITUTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS MAY AFFECT THIS ABILITY. KEY RECOMMENDATIONS ARE: 1) UMTA SHOULD INITIATE A LIMITED NUMBER OF "PROGRAMS" IN UNIVERSITIES, WITH A HIGHER LEVEL AND GREATER CONTINUITY OF FUNDING THAN IN THE PAST; 2) A PORTION OF THE FUNDS SHOULD BE RESERVED FOR LESS EXTENSIVE "PROJECT" TYPE SUPPORT; 3) ONE OR MORE "CENTERS" SHOULD BE EVOLVED ON AN EXPERIMENTAL BASIS; 4) A STEERING COMMITTEE SHOULD BE CREATED FOR ASSESSMENT; 5) A PHASE TRANSITION SHOULD BE MADE. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • UMTA-DC-11-0004-74-1
  • Corporate Authors:

    George Washington Transportation Research Institute. Center for Intelligent Systems Research

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  • Publication Date: 1974-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 113 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239572
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1974 12:00AM