In August 2005, President Bush signed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). With his signature, funding was authorized to create a University Transportation Center at Jackson State University.
The Institute for Multimodal Transportation (IMTrans) is that Center. The Center officially began on August 1, 2006 and during the past year we have focused on creating a foundation for success. Some of our accomplishments include developing a strategic plan that has been approved by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration at the U.S. Department of Transportation, hiring a Director, Business Manager, Research Associate and students, setting up advisory committees, launching our website, creating our logo, issuing our first call for research proposals and funding proposals in our three mission areas of research, education, and technology transfer.
IMTrans is a federally designated University Transportation Center. Our mission is to advance U.S. technology and expertise in the management of metropolitan mobility through the mechanisms of education, research and technology transfer activities that combine the multiple modes of transportation into a comprehensive, integrated transportation system.
The theme of the center is managing metropolitan mobility. This theme capitalizes on the proud tradition of JSU as Mississippi’s urban university and the US DOT’s strategic objective of improving mobility. The center places special focus on management and planning strategies that can address congestion mitigation and the following goals:
Increase transit ridership
Improve capital and operating efficiencies
Improve safety and emergency preparedness
Protect the environment and promote energy independence