The TRCLC aims to address the nation's critical transportation challenges through the prism of livable communities. The Center’s primary goal is to improve affordable and environmentally sustainable transportation options for conventionally underserved communities with special attention paid to non-motorized travel, pedestrian and bicycle safety, job accessibility and 'smart' transport technologies.
WMU receives $1.4 million to start transportation research center
by Mark Schwerin
November 5, 2013 | WMU News
KALAMAZOO—A multidisciplinary team of Western Michigan University researchers led by civil and construction engineers has received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to create one of 33 transportation research centers at colleges across the country. The grant, which is through the transportation department's Research and Innovative Technology Administration, or RITA, is for year one with the possibility of renewal for three additional years. The WMU grant is part of about $63 million in awards to advance research and education programs that address the nation's critical transportation challenges. [...]
The TRCLC has initiated the initial stages of the project approval process. Research projects will be processed via the following steps.
1. Receive research problem statements (by December 15, 2013) - complete
2. Coordinate research ideas among members (by January 15, 2014) - complete
3. Receive research proposals (by February 28, 2014) - complete
4. Review proposals – external review (by March 28, 2014)
5. Approve projects (by April 4, 2014)