The Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) was established in 1979 by the major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States.CUTC provides a forum for the Universities and Centers to interact collectively with government and industry.
CUTC's membership represents over 70 of the nation's leading university-based transportation research and education programs. Collectively, CUTC members have advanced the state-of-the-art in all modes and disciplines of transportation. In doing so, the membership of CUTC has made significant and lasting contributions to the nation's mobility, economy, and defense.
The primary purposes of CUTC include providing
- forum for improving and enhancing research and education in transportation and related areas;
- means by which problems common to transportation centers in universities can be discussed and clarified;
- medium through which transportation research and education may be enhanced and where information and opinions on problems emerging in transportation can be expeditiously exchanged;
- forum for better integrating and coordinating research with academic education, training, and technology transfer; and
- point of interface for other groups and organizations having an interest in university transportation education and/or research.
The roots of CUTC may be traced to 1971 federal legislation that called for the Secretary of Transportation to establish Centers of Excellence in Transportation Studies. The program was generic and cut across disciplines and modes.In 1974, the directors of some of the nation’s leading university-based transportation research centers met in Dallas to discuss common interests, including securing federal funding for university transportation centers.
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CUTC works with a number of stakeholders in transportation research, including the federal government, national associations and the academic community.
CUTC joined seven partner organization to form the Strategic Alliance for Advancement of Transportation. The goal of the Alliance is to develop intellectual capital and create new knowledge in the field of transportation. The Alliance also supports innovative adaptation of the latest technology.
CUTC has a cooperative agreement with the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) to manage the operations of the association. ARTBA provide a headquarters location in Washington,D.C. for CUTC.
Collectively, CUTC members have advanced the state-of-the-art in all modes and disciplines of transportation. In doing so, the membership of CUTC have made significant and lasting contributions to the nation's mobility, economy, and defense.
Many publications by researchers at CUTC member organizations are indexed in Transportation Research Inormation Services (TRIS), the bibliographic database of the Transportation Research Board. Enter the name of a CUTC organization or an individual author into the search box.
The TRB Research in Progress database includes a number of current CUTC research projects. Enter the name of a CUTC member into the box for organizations and individuals.
To review the research programs of CUTC organizations that have also been designated by Congress as University Transportation Centers (UTCs), see the UTC website.
Over 130 academic institutions are members of CUTC.
CUTC members represent the nation’s leading university-based transportation research and education programs. CUTC members work to advance the state-of-the-art in all modes and disciplines of transportation.
Any organized center, institute, division, unit, or specifically identifiable organization devoted to transportation research, education and technology transfer, which is an integral part of a university or four-year college, may apply for membership in CUTC.
Simply fill out this form and submit the application and supporting documents to the association.
Each application is reviewed by the membership committee and voted on by the full membership at the summer or winter meeting.