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National Transportation Center

About NTC

Officially known as the Morgan State University National Center for Transportation Management, Research and Development, the NTC is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's University Transportation Centers Program. The NTC is also a member of the Council of University Transportation Centers.

The center was established by Congress under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991; reauthorized in 1998 by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century; and reauthorized again in 2005 by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - a Legacy for Users.

Here are some recent achievements:

  • The National Transportation Center is a 30-year-old transportation research center. The Urban Mobility and Equity Center is a Tier-1 University Transportation Center (UTC), one of the 35 USDOT-funded research centers and one of two HBCUS Tier-1 Centers nationwide. It is administered through the NTC.
  • The National Transportation Center won two national awards from the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC), one for leadership in workforce development and the other for technology transfer. The 2020 awards were presented at a virtual banquet on Jan. 6, 2021.
  • The Safety and Behavioral Analysis Center acquired a bicycle simulator to complement its two full-size driving simulators. Researchers can safely study simulated interactions between drivers and cyclists as well as cyclists' behaviors.
  • To date, research conducted at the National Transportation Center /Urban Mobility & Equity Center has been granted one utility patent; four provisional patents have been filed and a fifth is in the works.
  • Morgan students and faculty researchers from the National Transportation Center and the Urban Mobility & Equity Center presented three papers at the 2021 Transportation Research Board, one of the world's most prestigious transportation research conferences. In 2020, students / researchers presented research seven times at various conferences and had 11 papers published in journals.
  • In the past five years, some 55 research projects were completed while 25 are ongoing, resulting in 41 journal publications, 69 conference papers, 46 technical reports, one book, two book chapters, and 15 interviews/newspaper.
  • In 2020, six TUIS graduate students were each awarded $1,000 to attend the 38th Annual Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities; unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the conference was canceled. You can read about them here: And five students presented at the 2020 HBCU Making and Innovation Showcase at the Emerging Researchers National Conference: Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference (

Since its founding, the NTC has

  • provided internships to more than 260 students
  • introduced more than 335 high schools students and 32 middle school students to the career opportunities in the transportation industry
  • completed 107 research projects
  • established partnerships with the Maryland State Highway Administration and Maryland Department of Transportation
  • created a curriculum enrichment program for high school math and science teachers
  • co-sponsored two national conferences