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Mid-America Transportation Center

About MATC

In 1995, 2006, 2011, and 2016, the Mid-America Transportation Center (MATC) was designated, after a national competition, as the U. S. Department of Transportation’s Region VII University Transportation Center—the region that includes Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri. The consortium partners consist of Lincoln University (Missouri), Missouri University of Science and Technology, Nebraska Indian Community College, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. UNL serves as the lead institution of the consortium, where MATC headquarters are located.

The Mid-America Transportation Center research, education, workforce development and outreach activities are supported currently via a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s University Transportation Centers Program [USDOT UTC grant number for MATC: 69A3551747107]. This support is gratefully acknowledged.

Theme

The theme of MATC is improving safety and minimizing risk associated with increasing multi-modal freight movements on the U.S. surface transportation system.

The states that comprise Region VII have many commonalities, and the respective transportation agencies face similar issues in providing a safe, efficient, and effective transportation system. The majority of the region's roadway networks are primarily rural, although there are a number of major cities interspersed throughout the area that face traditional urban transportation problems. The four states experience a considerable amount of freight traffic on the region's roadways, railways, and waterways - all of which are located at the crossroads of the nation's transportation system. In Region VII, interstates I-70 and I-80 are vital east-west corridors and interstates I-35 and I-29 are major north-south corridors. Given the region's diverse economy and growing trade, freight traffic is increasing every year and having a profound effect on infrastructure and the safety of the traveling public.

MATC will work with leading faculty members from multiple academic departments of the consortium universities, state transportation agencies, members of the commercial freight industry, and other partner organizations to successfully meet the research, education, and technology transfer objectives associated with the center’s theme.