Hoeven Announces More Than $860K in Federal Funding for North Dakota State University

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a University Transportation Centers (UTC) grant totaling $861,000 to North Dakota State University (NDSU). The funds will support NDSU’s Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC), which focuses on safe, mobile and sustainable passenger and freight transportation. The MPC has conducted projects on transportation operations, low-cost safety enhancements, high-risk rural roads and work zone safety, which are related to the DOT’s “safety and security” objective.                                                                                                 

“While North Dakota’s population continues to grow, there are still very many rural parts of our state,” Hoeven said. “The researchers at NDSU’s Mountain-Plains Consortium are working to tackle issues that affect transportation, which is especially important in our rural areas because they can carry their own unique risks and hazards. Today’s grant will allow the folks at MPC to continue the important work they are doing to ensure the safety of North Dakotans.”

The Mountain-Plains Consortium, led by NDSU, is the Region 8 Transportation Center and is made up by Colorado State University, South Dakota State University, University of Colorado, Denver, University of Denver (Colorado), University of Utah, University of Wyoming and Utah State University.