UTC directors participate in the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC), a private organization established to promote transportation research and education on a national basis.

Each Center operates on a grant year established by the institution. Under its strategic plan, each University Transportation Center has established its own procedures for selecting and administering research activities. These processes, by design and program guidance, all include significant peer review of research topics and ultimate reports. Each center also prepares an annual report detailing its activities. The U.S. DOT also provides ongoing management and oversight through routine site visits, review of reporting requirements, and regular participation in CUTC meetings and sponsored activities. There are currently 60 UTCs in 41 of the 50 states.