NCTR was created at CUTR as a result of Congressional designations of University Transportation Centers (UTC) in 1991. In 2002, 2006, and 2011, NCTR successfully competed with dozens of universities around the country to retain its status as a UTC. The objectives of UTCs are to advance the nation’s transportation system through research, education, and technology transfer. Among the 22UTCs in the country, NCTR is one of only two that are transit-focused. NCTR will work closely with the FTA and the FDOT to identify and conduct research projects intended to improve public transit safety, state of good repair, economic competitiveness, livability,and environmental sustainability. USF is the lead institution for the most recently awarded UTC federal grant of $3.5 million in consortium with North Dakota State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Florida International University. Each partner will be securing matching funds from the state and local level to match the federal grant. This partnership will expand NCTR’s access to other experienced transit researchers. In addition to conducting extensive research, NCTR provides opportunities for students to become familiar with transit and alternative forms of transportation as a potential career.