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U.S. Department of Transportation designates UW as Beyond Traffic Innovation Center

January 9th, 2017 · No Comments

From the US Department of Transportation

New Report on Future of Transportation Discusses Key Challenges in Cascadia/Pacific Northwest and Across the Country

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx just announced that the University of Washington has been selected as one of 18 institutions across the country to lead research on the major transportation challenges that our nation will face over the next three decades.

The University of Washington’s designation as a Beyond Traffic Innovation Center was announced on the same day that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released the final report, Beyond Traffic 2045. The report is the culmination of a two-year analysis of the transportation challenges presented by trends including population growth, increased freight shipping, and the movement of people into concentrated megaregions.

“In the next 30 years, our country will have 70 million more people competing for the use of our roads, transit and rail networks, and airports, and we are going to have to make some big choices about how we fund and prioritize transportation,” said Secretary Foxx. “The Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers will bring together researchers, students, and thought leaders to develop the ideas we need to keep Americans moving and build a transportation system that works for everyone.”

Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers are non-profit institutions of higher education and non-profit organizations which will promote study and thought leadership around the challenges raised in the Beyond Traffic report. Centers will convene leaders and other key decision-makers in each of the megaregions around the United States, as well as in rural communities, to discuss these challenges and coordinate related research, curriculum, outreach, and other activities.

As part of the research for the Beyond Traffic 2045 report, USDOT officials held a public forum with local leaders and stakeholders in Seattle, Washington, on October 6, 2015, to understand the major issues that were facing people across the Cascadia/Pacific Northwest megaregion. The report notes that the region is projected to grow 41 percent by 2050, with most of the expected population growth concentrated in the Portland–Seattle–Vancouver urban corridor.

The full list of Beyond Traffic Innovation Centers and more information about Beyond Traffic 2045, including the full report, is available here.