The UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) opened a new office in the UMass Center at Springfield on Sept. 1. The UMTC headquarters will remain on the Amherst campus while the new location will be used for educational and outreach programs, research activities and collaborations with partner institutions and organizations.
The UMTC promotes transportation research, education and training throughout the Commonwealth.
With the new Springfield office, UMTC will have access to both educational and technology transfer opportunities through a combination of traditional classroom learning, advanced telecommunications and other technologies. The new satellite office also represents UMTC’s commitment to area students and increased diversity.
Michael Knodler, UMTC director, says, “The high-level of transportation and economic development currently underway in Springfield, coupled with its prominence within our region, makes it a logical and ideal place for UMTC to have a presence. We are excited by this partnership and the opportunities that are likely to result from it.”
The UMass Center at Springfield, located in the city’s downtown, is a partnership between the university and other area schools and colleges and provides a central location accessible to students in the region.
Dan Montagna, director of operations for the center, says, “The UMass Center at Springfield prides itself on its commitments to the community and in contributing to the positive growth of the region. The addition of the UMTC brings not only a strong academic tie for the university, but also builds on both research and workforce development focus areas – areas that make the UMass Center all the more valuable as a community resource. This is a very dynamic group and their past and future contributions to the region will have lasting, positive impacts.”