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About MBTC

The Mack-Blackwell Rural Transportation Center (MBTC) has led a U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center since 1992 and is a member of the DHS National Transportation Security Center of Excellence (NTSCOE). With an annual research budget of $1.8 million, MBTC researchers provide multidisciplinary expertise in engineering, business, and social science. MBTC builds on its geographic access to road, river, and rail corridors and industry access to global logistics leaders (including Wal-Mart Stores, J.B. Hunt Transport, and ABF Freight Systems) to lead nationally relevant multimodal research to carry people and freight to their destinations efficiently and effectively. MBTC works closely with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department and many other transportation stakeholders across the nation. MBTC has managed transportation research subcontracts at fifteen other universities in thirteen states. 

MBTC's vision as a University Transportation Center is to improve local transportation systems and transcend rural needs by connecting the rural to the urban, the urban to the nation, and the nation to the world's transportation system through our research impacts, trained transportation professionals, and technology transfer activities. Our expanded vision as part of the NTSCOE is to be a nationally-recognized research and education center dedicated to solving critical scientific and technological issues related to transportation security and producing transportation professionals capable of leading public and private sector efforts aimed at providing U.S. citizens a safe and secure comprehensive transportation system.