About the University of Vermont’s Transportation Research Center (TRC)
The UVM Transportation Research Center (TRC) is a hub for innovative and interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach on sustainable transportation system solutions. The TRC Mission is to advance more sustainable and resilient transportation systems in Vermont and beyond by conducting data-driven research, managing innovative outreach programs, and supporting UVM student education.
Since its founding in 2006, the TRC has:
- Attracted millions of dollars of funding to UVM in new external grants;
- Hosted over 10,500 people at its events;
- Included over 400 students on research projects;
- Established the Transportation Air Quality Lab (TAQLab);
- Launched a significant transportation workforce development initiative.
The TRC began as a National University Transportation Center (UTC), funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and currently is a team member on another UTC, the National Center for Sustainable Transportation. It hosts the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the Vermont Department of Public Service, and the Northeastern Transportation Workforce Center, one of five FHWA funded centers around the country. The TRC managed the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) for the six New England state DOTs from 2011 -2018 and the Vermont Transportation Research Collaborative for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. As of 2015 the TRC has been aligned with the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and is a research center under the College.
About the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
The United States is at a critical juncture: Our aging infrastructure must be maintained, upgraded, and in many cases, re-imagined. The need for CAIT’s work is more timely and important than ever before. CAIT activities are advancing the safe, efficient, economical, and environmentally sound movement of people and goods in our nation and beyond. The majority of CAIT’s work focuses on the USDOT strategic areas of state of good repair, economic competitiveness, and safety. Hosted at Rutgers University, CAIT promotes cutting edge research through its collaborations with both industry and academic partners.
CAIT research and programs:
- Keep our infrastructure safe, secure, and in a state of good repair
- Better manage infrastructure assets and the resources to maintain and improve them
- Apply research concepts and technology in real-world practice
- Improve roadway safety
- Optimize efficiency of infrastructure and operations
- Mitigate congestion
- Reduce negative environmental impacts
- Educate the transportation infrastructure workforce
Infrastructure is all around us, interwoven with our daily lives in ways we take for granted. From tap water, to your daily commute, to moving millions of tons of products coast to coast—everything relies on infrastructure.
CAIT is addressing every aspect of today’s—and tomorrow’s—most pressing infrastructure issues: condition assessment, life cycle and durability, asset management, safety, mobility, and environmental and economic sustainability of our roads, bridges, ports, and more.