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U-Md. to receive transportation grant

The University of Maryland will receive a federal grant to help develop solutions for some of the nation's transportation problems.

U-Md.'s Center for Integrated Transportation Systems Management will receive $926,700 to develop technology and processes that improve the "operation of transportation facilities and corridors." The center was founded in 2008, and works on a variety of projects, such as ways to minimize congestion on the Beltway and researching the willingness of drivers to pay for using high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes.

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced the award of $13.8 million in grants to eight university transportation centers on Thursday.

"By investing in research at our nation's universities, we are helping to address today's transportation needs while we train tomorrow's transportation professionals," LaHood said.

The grants are administered under the Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration.

Grants were also awarded to programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of California at Berkeley, Purdue University, the University of Michigan, the University of Tennessee (plus a center at the University of Tennessee that is a consortium of nine universities) and the University of Vermont.

By Michael Bolden  | August 19, 2010; 1:19 PM ET
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The challange will be when the administration runs out of entitlement and grant money giveaways.

Why not round it out to $1 million?

Posted by: cibor | August 19, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

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