The Southwest Region University Transportation Center (SWUTC) was established at the Texas A&M University System in October 1988. The SWUTC is comprised of a consortium of five universities within Region 6:
- Texas A&M University System
- University of Texas at Austin
- Texas Southern University
- Louisiana State University
- University of New Orleans
The Texas A&M Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University serves as the lead institution. The SWUTC is headquartered in College Station on the main Texas A&M campus.
The SWUTC has developed a stable, consistent program that is maturing in its role as a center of excellence for transportation research and education in Region 6. The theme for the SWUTC is Sustainable Transportation Solutions to Enhance Economic Prosperity and the Quality of Life. To put this theme into operation, the Center’s scientists, engineers, and students focus their research expertise upon advancing USDOT’s five strategic goals for Region VI: Safety, State of Good Repair, Economic Competitiveness, Livable Communities and Environmental Sustainability. Producing usable results in such areas as improving transportation activities along the Texas-Mexico border; innovative transit service programs; dynamic travel demand management; development of new solutions to realize safe communities; and educational outreach programs to build a diverse transportation workforce for the 21st Century.