Feds Award $3.5 Million to Marshall Transportation Consortium

1/12/2012 / WOWK

The federal Department of Transportation has awarded a $3.5 million grant to launch
a national University Transportation Center at Marshall University. The consortium
will focus on research, training and jobs development, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va.,
said in a news release. It will operate through Marshall’s Rahall Transportation
Institute. “This federal funding opens a new chapter in RTI’s growth and its contribution
to jobs and transportation,” he said in the news release. “The consortium RTI has
put together meets the demands of a tighter national budget and of a multi-state
region’s transportation needs. “From its research capabilities landing patents for
Marshall and in our State, to meeting the needs of our State Transportation Department,
to job development efforts like the Prichard Intermodal Facility, RTI has served
southern West Virginia and our Nation well. With our new partners in Kentucky and
Virginia, this tri-state alliance will provide increased dividends.” Marshall’s
UTC will include the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville and Hampton
University, in Hampton, Va., the news release states. The award is proof that Marshall
is a leader in transportation research, President Stephen J. Kopp said in the news
release. “We’re very proud that Marshall University’s Rahall Transportation Institute
has become recognized as one of the top university transportation centers in the
country, and we look forward to advancing the vast promise possessed by this multistate,
regional consortium in addressing the varied and unique transportation issues facing
Appalachia,” he said. “Thank you to the U.S. Department of Transportation for this
opportunity and to Congressman Rahall for his ongoing support. Congratulations to
the Executive Director of RTI, Bob Plymale, and his staff at RTI for their exemplary
work to help secure this funding.” The consortium’s main focus will be on training
the transportation workforce and educating transportation professionals, the news
release states.