Reps. Lipinski and Curbelo Introduce UTC Program Funding Legislation

Reps. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) and Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) have introduced legislation to authorize appropriations for the University Transportation Centers (UTC) program for fiscal years 2016 through 2021.  Since its implementation by Congress in 1987, over 16,000 students have conducted research within the UTC program to revitalize our infrastructure.

Currently, 125 universities fall under UTC programming.  The new research conducted by UTCs is crucial to developing future technologies in bridge construction, autonomous vehicles, and propulsion systems.  This bill would authorize the UTC program at $72.5 million per year from FY2016-21, which is consistent with the level of the most recent surface transportation bill signed into law in 2012.

“Many of our country’s transportation developments began as UTC projects, and by investing in funding, we guarantee that today’s research becomes tomorrow’s innovation,” said Reps. Lipinski and Curbelo in a statement.

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