The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2.6 million grant to Iowa State University to establish a Midwest Transportation Center.

The center will focus its research on data-driven performance measures of transportation infrastructure, the university said in a release. It will also support educational programs, leadership development, diversity promotion and outreach efforts.


The center will include researchers and students from Iowa State, Creighton University in Omaha, Harris-Stowe State University in St. Louis, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Wichita State University in Kansas.


Researchers at the partner schools will work with their state transportation departments to identify projects and programs important to the Midwest. In all, an estimated 40 students and 18 researchers could be involved in center projects.