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    The New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) is a cooperative effort of the transportation agencies of the six New England States, the six New England state land grant universities and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Through the Consortium, the states pool professional, academic and financial resources for transportation research leading to the development of improved methods for dealing with common problems associated with the administration, planning, design, construction, rehabilitation, reconstruction, operation and maintenance of the region’s transportation system. The Consortium’s activities are currently being managed by the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center (UVM TRC), with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VAOT) acting as the Lead Agency. The program is intended to supplement, not to replace, ongoing state and federal research activities and other national programs such as the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). To this end, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishing NETC has been consummated by the six New England state transportation agencies. The following goals were established for NETC in order to focus the resolve of articipating state transportation agencies and universities: Implementation of a three-pronged program for the New England region consisting of research and development; technology transfer; and education and training. Development of improved methods for dealing with common transportation problems. Providing an important source of trained professionals for employment in the Region. NETC membership now extends to the following agencies: Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT); Massachusetts Department of Transportation; Maine Department of Transportation; New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT); Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT); Vermont Agency of Transportation (VAOT); and, FHWA. Each of the member state transportation agencies has designated a state university to participate with the state transportation agency in developing and conducting the transportation research program. The following universities have been designated as member universities: University of Connecticut, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts System, University of New Hampshire System, University of Rhode Island, and University of Vermont. NETC was first established, and work began, in 1986 and, over the years, has undergone a transformative process wherein the management and administrative processes have been under the governance of various governmental and non-governmental organizations. With each change in leadership, the experiential and institutional lessons that have been learned were incorporated into the administration of the program. And so, at the current time, the collective experience of over two decades is now addressed and incorporated in the administration of the NETC program. In 1984, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the state transportation agencies of five New England states (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont), the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and FHWA initiated the first transportation pooled fund (TPF) study, administered by RIDOT, to determine the feasibility of establishing a regional consortium. In 1985, the same group of organizations initiated a second TPF study, again administered by RIDOT, to develop a work program. From 1986 to 1995, various research projects were funded through the NETC program in five funding blocks called “Rounds”. RIDOT was the Lead Agency for the first two pooled fund studies. For the five Rounds, state funds were transferred to AASHTO, the Lead Agency (i.e., Administrative Agency), through FHWA, and a single contract was effected between AASHTO and MIT, the Coordinator. MIT would then enter into a contract with the selected university for a particular research project. In 1994, ConnDOT stated its intention to participate in NETC and offered to act as Lead Agency. During Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 1994, FHWA assumed the Lead Agency designation to facilitate the transition process. MIT and AASHTO exited NETC, effective FFY1994. ConnDOT entered NETC, effective FFY1995, and was the Lead Agency until the Vermont Agency of Transportation assumed the responsibility in March 2010.

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