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UC Davis National Center for Sustainable Transportation

The University of California, Davis, Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis) was selected in a national competition in September 2013 to lead a new two-year, $11.2 million research, education, and outreach consortium for the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

METRANS is a partner in the NCST consortium.  Research will focus on sustainable freight transportation, including efficient freight operations, land use strategies to reduce GHG emissions, and workforce development implications of GHG reduction policies and strategies.

The new National Center for Sustainable Transportation will help federal, state, regional, and local agencies reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions from passenger and freight travel that contribute to climate change through research in four thematic areas: toward zero-emission vehicle and fuel technologies; low-carbon infrastructure and efficient system operation; low-impact travel and sustainable land use; and institutional change.

For a summary of NCST, see



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