The RAC Region II has initiated a collaborative research
consortium through the Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) Program. The
research program is called the Southeast Transportation Consortium (STC) and is
intended to encourage coordination among member states and provide resources
and management of collaborative studies. The consortium intends to address
high priority transportation research topics of common interest to the
southeastern and adjoining states.
The states' transportation research programs collectively offer a broad range
of talent and expertise. The consortium seeks to foster growth in knowledge,
skills, and abilities amongst transportation professionals and academic
partners to produce superior research and technology transfer.
STC's purpose is to pool financial, professional, and academic resources to
coordinate research and develop improved methods of addressing common problems
in the planning, design, construction, maintenance, management, and operation
of transportation systems in participating states. The program is intended to
supplement ongoing state, federal, and university research activities and other
national programs such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program.
It is also intended to reduce duplication of research and provide means for
better communication of on-going research activities in the state research
programs. The cooperative and collaborative objectives of the STC program are
to develop synergy and provide for a more efficient use of resources.