Reps. Curbelo and Lipinski Introduce UTC Program Funding Legislation
Washington, D.C. — Yesterday, Reps. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) and Daniel Lipinski (IL-03) introduced H.R. 3665, to Authorize the University Transportation Centers Program through FY16-21. Since its implementation by Congress in 1987, over 16,000 students have conducted research within the UTC program to revitalize our infrastructure. Rep. Curbelo (FL-26) issued the following statement:
“Currently, 125 universities fall under UTC programing, including Florida International University (FIU), which I am honored to represent in Congress. The new research conducted by UTCs is crucial to developing future technologies in bridge construction, autonomous vehicles, and propulsion systems. This bill would authorize the UTC program at $72.5 million per year from FY2016-21, which is consistent with the level of the most recent surface transportation bill signed into law in 2012. Many of our country’s transportation developments began as UTC projects, and by investing in funding, we guarantee that today’s research becomes tomorrow’s innovation.
I thank my colleague Rep. Lipinski for his continued leadership on transportation issues and for joining me in this effort to support UTC programs.”