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Urban Mobility & Equity Center


The Urban Mobility & Equity Center (UMEC) conducts research to improve urban mobility of people and goods in an environmentally sustainable and equitable manner. Based at Morgan State University, UMEC includes the University of Maryland and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

About UMEC

The Urban Mobility and Equity Center (UMEC) is a Tier-1 University Transportation Center designed to investigate policies that affect the mobility of people and goods in urban centers. Research areas include transit deserts and accessibility, smart technologies like connected and autonomous vehicles, fiscal equity, systems integration, regional planning, and the development of novel modeling tools.

UMEC was established under a $1.4 million grant awarded by the US Department of Transportation in 2016. It is one 35 five-year projects awarded under the University Transportation Center (UTC) program and one of 2 HBCU Tier-1 Centers nationwide.The Center is a consortium of three universities led by Morgan State University and administrered through the National Transportation Center. In addition to MSU, the consortium includes the University of Maryland, College Park and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).

UMEC will leverage its staff's extensive experience in technology transfer activities to desseminate its findings with stakeholders in the public and private sectors. The Center will also provide technical assistance to communities to ensure that its research activities benefit those who need it most.

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