Charlie Crist announces grant for congestion study at USF
Rocky shows off USF's transit options.

50 applicants applied for $7.5 million grant.

Another $7.5 million in federal transportation funding will soon find its way to University of South Florida.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist announced the new grant from the Department of Transportation. The funding will go to USF to establish the University Transportation Center.

“The Tampa Bay area is home to some of the brightest and most creative minds, with the University of South Florida standing as a shining example,” Crist said.

“I am thrilled that the Department of Transportation selected USF for this prestigious grant. I look forward to visiting the transportation center and learning about innovative ways to address our region’s transportation and traffic challenges.

“… Let’s fix it! Go Bulls!”

USF officials on Wednesday announced the school had been selected from 50 applicants nationwide to receive the award. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Miami Republican, also worked to secure the award.

“This is great news for the University of South Florida! Infrastructure is the foundation of this nation. I applaud the work USF is doing to address critical transportation challenges,” Rubio said.

“As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I am proud to have helped USF secure this $7.5 million grant to establish a national university transportation center aimed at advancing research and education programs that address the nation’s critical transportation challenges.”

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the funding would go to critical research aiding efforts nationwide.

“These investments in transportation research will help address our country’s congestion and durability challenges,” Chao said.

A new program at USF, known as the National Institute for Congestion Reduction, will get established with the university’s College of Engineering’s existing College for Urban Transportation Research.

“As a Preeminent research university located in the heart of the metropolitan Tampa Bay area, the University of South Florida has always been focused on the unique issues and challenges facing modern American cities,” USF President Judy Genshaft said.

“This designation is an affirmation of our leadership in this kind of meaningful applied research and, along with our partners, will allow us to make an even bigger impact.”

USF will partner with the University of California Berkeley, Texas A&M University and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez on research.

The UTC program will be the only national center focused specifically on congestion research.

State officials expressed excitement the word would be done in the Sunshine State.

““FDOT [Florida Department of Transportation] is pleased to continue to work with USF along with all other Florida universities, aiming to improve safety, reduce congestion and expand the use of technology and partnerships,” said state Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault.

“We hope that the impacts of these coordinated activities will be felt by the transportation industry, agencies and practitioners long after the life cycle of this grant is completed.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].

One comment

  • Raymond Blacklidge

    June 7, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Why are we always spending millions of dollars to study traffic? A majority of these type of studies recommends are never implemented, either because the solutions are based on attempted solutions in other places that have failed or lack of funding for a proper traffic fix.

    Rather than spend these $ millions $ setting up a worthless study department at USF, have some students research what traffic solutions have actually worked in other areas and then figure out how to accomplish that here and use the $7.5 million to actually fix the problems around USF. Even Turkey projects and bacon brought home isn’t good enough reason to support swampy waste of tax payers money.

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Sign up for Sunburn