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GREENSBORO — N.C. A&T will use a new federal grant to study the mobility of people and goods.

The university announced Friday that it will get up to $7.8 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the project.

A&T will set up the Center for Advanced Transportation Mobility through its existing Transportation Institute. Maranda McBride, who directs the institute, will lead this new project. She’s also an associate professor of management in A&T’s College of Business and Economics.

Three other schools will work on this project with A&T. They are Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the University of the District of Columbia Community College.

The grant is from the Transportation Department’s University Transportation Centers program. A&T will get an initial grant of $1.4 million, which can be renewed for up to five years and $7.8 million.

The UTC program is aimed at addressing trends and challenges to the nation’s transportation system over the next three decades.

Thirty-two University Transportation Center projects, including the one led by A&T, will share $300.3 million in new grants for transportation research. UNC-Chapel Hill (road safety) and UNC-Charlotte (multimodal mobility) also will lead research projects in this latest round of grant funding.

Contact John Newsom at (336) 373-7312 and follow @JohnNewsomNR on Twitter.

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