Center Theme: The Sustainability and Safety of Rural Transportation Systems and Infrastructure

The Kansas State University Transportation Center (K-State UTC) is a research organization dedicated to bringing together transportation professionals, educators, and researchers to identify transportation problems--and to solving them. Partnering with the Kansas and U.S. Departments of Transportation, the K-State UTC has been designated a Tier II University Transportation Center by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration. The theme of the K-State UTC is The Sustainability and Safety of Rural Transportation Systems and Infrastructure. This theme is selected to complement the mission and direction of K-State and to meet the needs of the Kansas Department of Transportation and the rural transportation community as a whole. Research at Kansas State University's UTC also fills a national need--specifically focusing on the sustainability and safety of rural transportation systems and infrastructure in the context of a declining and aging rural population. K-State is also a partner with the University of Nebraska's Mid America Transportation Center (MATC), which has been designated the Region VII, partnering with Lincoln University, Kansas State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Missouri-Rolla, and the University of Kansas. Center Director Brian A. Coon is responsible for engaging research faculty in establishing and implementing the Center's research initiatives, as well as establishing a vision for the center. The K-State UTC's Advisory Committee met in the spring of 2007, setting the research agenda, as outlined in the 2006 and 2007 Budget Proposals.