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CSU Long Beach: Researching the Future of Sustainable Transportation

Mary Jane Horton

California State University, Long Beach will be a key player in finding transportation systems that don't deplete the planet's natural resources.

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Shuttles to and from CSU Long Beach are part of the campus's commitment to sustainable transportation. Researchers at Long Beach are also helping to lead research into sustainable transportation systems through grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Photo courtesy of CSU Long Beach


The California State University, Long Beach is part of a recently awarded $14 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) for research into sustainable transportation systems.

The grant was awarded to the National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST), a research consortium that will be led by the University of California, Davis and includes CSULB; University of California, Riverside; University of Southern California; Georgia Institute of Technology; and University of Vermont.

The goal of the grant will be to advance a more sustainable transportation system to reduce the effects of the transportation system on the planet’s natural resources, including energy, climate, air, water, and land.

Another grant, for $12.5 million, was awarded by USDOT through the METRANS Transportation Center, which is comprised of CSULB and several universities in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the U.S. Pacific Island territories and will lead the study.

This grant will focus on technology to address transportation problems, easing mobility for vulnerable populations, and managing mobility in high-growth urban areas.