CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The federal government is handing out funding to five New England universities collaborating in transportation research, including three schools in Massachusetts.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says the New England schools will get a share of $77 million it is allocating to 22 facilities known as University Transportation Centers, in which various schools team up for research.

In all, 121 different universities are participating in the various consortia.

Along with the University of Maine in Orono, other New England universities to receive the money include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, both in Cambridge; the University of Connecticut in Storrs; and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

The centers and universities work with each other and federal agencies on research to promote transportation safety and efficiency. Each consortium is getting $3.5 million, which they must match with money from non-federal sources.

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