FHWA awards US$53.6m in ATCMTD grants

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grants valued at US$53.6m for 10 states to fund advanced technologies that will improve mobility and safety for drivers, and enhance the performance of the USA’s highway system.

FHWA’s ATCMTD program funds cutting-edge technologies that are ready to be deployed to enhance existing traffic capacity for commuters and businesses. The grants will fund 10 projects that include: advanced real-time traveler information for drivers, transit riders and freight shippers; vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications to enhance safety and pave the way for autonomous vehicles (AVs); and congestion-relieving traffic management systems. The FHWA received 68 applications from 52 states and localities requesting more than US$362m. ATCMTD was established under the ‘Fixing America’s Surface Transportation’ (FAST) Act.

The funded ATCMTD projects are:

• Arizona DOT – Loop 101 Mobility Project (top) – Improve safety and existing arterial capacity in the corridor with connected traffic management and real-time information technologies;

• Alameda County Transportation Commission – Global Opportunities at the Port of Oakland Freight Intelligent Transportation System – Deploy the USA’s first integration of Freight Community System and advanced ITS technology;

• Florida DOT – Connecting the East Orlando Communities – FDOT, MetroPlan Orlando and the University of Central Florida (UCF) to advance numerous ITS technologies as part of PedSafe, GreenWay, SmartCommunity and SunStore;

• Idaho’s Ada County Highway District – SMART Arterial Management – Replace traffic signal controllers and detection systems at 82 intersections for new signal performance measures;

• City of Detroit -Improving Safety and Connectivity in Four Detroit Neighborhoods – Increase mobility in neighborhoods with high-traffic corridors;

• Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority – Connecting Cleveland Project – Improve communications infrastructure, enhance passenger safety and reduce travel times;

• County of Greenville in South Carolina – Greenville Automated (A-Taxi) Shuttles – Deployment of an integrated system of A-Taxis for disadvantaged and mobility impaired residents;

• Texas DOT – Connected Freight Corridors Project – Deploy connected vehicle technologies in over 1,000 trucks and agency fleet vehicles;

• Virginia Port Authority – Truck Reservation System and Automated Work Flow Data Model – Create a second-generation system that builds for access to container terminal;

• City of Seattle DOT – Multimodal Integrated Corridor Mobility for All – Using ITS and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) platforms to responds to all users.

“These technologies are the future of US transportation,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson. “With innovations like these, we are giving state and local officials the tools needed to address the growing congestion problems of our nation’s highway system. The volume of applicants was an indication of interest in the program, and of the increasing recognition that innovative solutions are needed to improve our highways.”

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International magazine and the Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs in charge of public agencies around the world as well as chairmen and CEOs of multinational transportation technology corporations. Tom's early career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

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