Grant to fund transportation study

By The Associated Press

Mississippi State University will lead a coalition of institutions in creating a center of excellence for transportation research.

The National Center for Intermodal Transportation for Economic Competitiveness, funded by a $3.5 million federal grant, will promote development of a national intermodal transportation network by integrating passenger and freight transportation modes.

Burak Eksioglu, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, is principal investigator for the project.

He said that in addition to studying nationwide impact, the center will focus on transportation infrastructure in Mississippi.