Long Beach, CA, United States
The METRANS Transportation Center is a US DOT University Transportation Center (UTC). Established in 1998 through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), METRANS is a joint partnership of the University of Southern California and California State University, Long Beach. Under the UTC program, federal funding requires a dollar-for-dollar match with non-federal funds. The California State Department of Transportation (Caltrans) provides the full non-federal match to METRANS. METRANS' mission is to solve transportation problems of large metropolitan regions through interdisciplinary research, education and outreach. The University Transportation Center program has three objectives: (1) Foster independent, high quality research to solve the nation's transportation problems; (2) Train the next generation transportation workforce; (3) Disseminate information, best practices, and technology to the professional community.