WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senators Robert Menendez, Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ6) today announced a U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) grant award of $939,300 to Rutgers University’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

“This federal investment will go a long way in helping Rutgers University remain at the forefront of the efforts to develop new technologies and innovative solutions to our nation’s most pressing infrastructure challenges.” said Senator Menendez. “New Jersey’s transportation infrastructure is critical to our economy and our daily lives, and the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation at Rutgers helps us make the most of our existing infrastructure while educating the next generation of transportation professionals and developing new technologies for the future.”

“I’m proud to see such a great New Jersey institution as Rutgers serve a lead role in helping solve some of the most pressing infrastructure problems facing our nation,” said Sen. Booker.  “By assisting Rutgers and their partner universities in their critical research on our nation’s infrastructure, this federal grant marks a significant investment in the safety and efficiency of our aging roads and bridges in New Jersey and beyond.”

“At a time when we are in dire need of updates and repairs to our roads and bridges, this federal investment will help Rutgers University’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation continue to serve as a leader in the vital effort to modernize transportation infrastructure in New Jersey and across the country,” said Congressman Pallone.  “In a state as densely populated as New Jersey, federal investments like this one are especially important to ensure safer and more efficient transportation infrastructure and to the health of our economy.”

Rutgers University’s CAIT program, located in Piscataway, N.J., helps develop safer, more durable, and more efficient infrastructure and transportation systems.

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CAIT is one of only five National University Transportation Centers (UTCs), an elite group of academic research institutions that are sanctioned and supported by the USDOT. National UTCs are internationally recognized as the United States' premier university-based centers of excellence for transportation research. They serve as a vital source of infrastructure solutions and transportation professionals who are prepared to meet the nation’s need for safe, efficient and environmentally sound movement of people and goods.