The China Urban Sustainable Transport Research Center (CUSTReC) initiated activities in 2006. VREF is financing the Centre through 2010. Twenty four researchers are employed at the Centre. They collaborate with an additional 12 international researchers in China and the outside world. The collaboration provides the Centre with access to international expertise and opportunities for the Centre.
In March 2009, Prof. Zhou Wei, who was appointed to other duties, was replaced by Prof. Li Zuomin.
Appointed in 2007 as the President of CATS, Li Zuomin began to take over all the responsibilities formerly undertaken by his predecessor. His work ranges from transport engineering to transport planning and manage ment, and to human resources development and management.