Alabama A&M University (AAMU) and Toyota Motor North America are collaborating to launch a student-led mobility initiative. The aim of the program, which begins the fall semester of 2018, will bring the local community together with students to find better ways to connect people to education and jobs, and expand usage of zero- or low-emission vehicles.
The initiative will bring together an interdisciplinary team of students and faculty to facilitate a project called “Clean Low Emissions Approach & Novel Transportation Innovation Practice” (CLEAN-TRIP). The project is the first of a series of university mobility initiatives across the US to be announced by Toyota.
Toyota is providing an initial grant of $300,000 to fund the initiative, which includes scholarships for students accepted into the program. In addition to funding support, students will work with Toyota to learn Toyota Way problem solving and critical thinking skills. Once in the program, the students will collaborate with community residents to better understand their mobility challenges, and then designing, prototype and implement a pilot program.
In 2017, AAMU also received funding from the Federal Transportation Agency to purchase zero/no-emission electric buses for its fleet.