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Sustainable Transportation in Arid Regions

The Nevada University Transportation Center (NUTC) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is a Tier II center. It is envisioned that the NUTC will complement and expand on the existing education, research, and outreach activities at the Transportation Research Center (TRC) at UNLV. For the NUTC, the first year local matching funds of $500,000 has been provided by the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada (, the local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). The growth and development of the NUTC will be based on the Center’s Vision, Mission, and Goals.


TRC will strive to become a nationally recognized center of excellence for research in planning, operations and management of sustainable transportation systems in rapidly growing urban areas. The center will serve as a vital source of knowledge and training for leaders and professionals who are prepared to meet the nation’s need for the safe, secure, and efficient movement of people and goods.


  • Perform research to advance expertise and application of technology in traffic operations and management in rapidly growing urban areas.
  • Assist national, state and local transportation agencies in meeting their needs to provide safe, efficient and Biennial Report (2007-2009) sustainable transportation systems.
  • Educate and train leaders and professionals prepared to meet the region’s and nation’s need for safe, efficient and sustainable transportation systems.
  • Seek collaborative research efforts with institutions and organizations with similar goals.
  • Provide extension and outreach services to public and private sector organizations.


To perform research and educational activities on the following topics:

  • Development of strategies to assist with planning and management of sustainable transportation infrastructure in fast growing communities.
  • Enhanced mobility and improved traffic operations in metropolitan areas.
  • Mobility and safety issues to meet specific needs of increasing population groups such as the elderly, children, new drivers and individuals with severe illness or disabilities.
  • Development of professionals and future leaders in the field of transportation system.
  • Support of career growth and development of practitioners in transportation systems.
  • Continuing education/transfer of technology.

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