The UTCA theme – Management and Safety of Transportation Systems – reflects the transportation needs of Alabama and the expertise of The University of Alabama System faculty. In allocating UTCA funding, the Executive Committee and Advisory Board give priority to programs and projects that closely follow this theme. Last year the Executive Committee narrowed and sharpened the focus of the UTCA research program to emphasize the topic of congestion. Several management research projects now focus on maximizing traffic management and minimizing congestion. Similarly, safety research projects may now highlight infrastructure sustainability.