Campus: CSU San Bernardino -- October 12, 2005

Cal State San Bernardino To Establish Federally-Designated Transportation Center

California State University, San Bernardino will receive $2 million in federal funding to establish and operate a "Tier II" university transportation research center.

President Bush signed a six-year, $286.4 billion federal transportation bill into law in August, returning federal gasoline tax revenue to states for road construction and public transportation. The bill includes money for colleges, including $2 million for Cal State San Bernardino to initiate a federally designated transportation research center.

Congressman Jerry Lewis said a transportation research center would fit the Inland Empire region's needs like a glove. "There is no better place in the nation to study transportation than the Inland Empire, with our conjunction of major interstates, major rail lines and busy airports," Lewis said. "I believe a transportation center at Cal State San Bernardino will provide students with some of the best education available about this essential subject."

The CSUSB transportation center will promote the research and study of transportation issues and opportunities, while also providing research data to governmental and other transportation agencies. It will focus on the policies and practices that impact the efficient and effective movement of people and goods through and to the Inland Empire, said university President Albert Karnig.

"This will be a true service to the community," Karnig said. "Transportation revolves around a complex array of special interests, from rail to surface to air transportation. There are debates about automobiles versus public transportation, and goods movement versus commuter traffic. There are many other overarching issues, such as air quality, pollution, security, safety and construction. One of our roles will be to address those controversial issues with the neutrality and dispassion that a university can provide."

CSUSB is one of 22 colleges and universities nationally to be identified as "Tier II" transportation center grant awardees.

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