FHWA injects $ 50 million into ‘advanced’ transportation technology
Written by Ryan Johnston
D recent announcement from FHWA Administrator Nicole Nason.
The FHWA rewarded a total of $ 49.6 million on December 31 to test the âDeployment of Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies,â or ATCMTD, strategies that could one day be used as national models to reduce traffic and improve vehicle-to-vehicle traffic and vehicle-to-communications infrastructure. The ten grantees will deploy a variety of ‘smart infrastructure’ in the form of connected traffic lights, as well as sensors for pedestrians, vehicles and air quality, creating test beds for cutting-edge technology. which could be extended in the future if they’ve been shown to improve safety and efficacy.
“This $ 49.6 million grant will support innovative solutions to improve connectivity and help prepare US transportation systems for the future,” US Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a press release.
The University of Michigan received the largest of ten grants awarded this year; nearly $ 10 million will go to deploy “smart” intersections and connected autonomous vehicle technology in Ann Arbor, Mich., which has become a hotbed of autonomous vehicle testing in recent years. The university has operated MCity, a 32-acre advanced mobility research and testing facility designed to simulate small-town driving conditions, since 2014, as well as an autonomous vehicle research laboratory in cooperation with Ford.
The San Diego Association of Governments, the region’s leading planning and transportation agency, received the second largest grant, with $ 9.2 million earmarked for improved safety and efficiency in southern San Diego. The agency will implement transport management software that integrates security into toll and connected vehicle applications.
Nashville, which received a $ 1.5 million grant to improve congestion in its downtown core, will spend the next 24 to 30 months designing and implementing a traffic plan with new sensors and traffic lights. .
The FHWA said it received 46 applications for ATCMTD grants this year, with requests totaling $ 205 million. Other recipients include Dallas, Georgia, Maine, and Utah Transportation Departments, as well as regional agencies in Pinellas County, Florida, Southern Nevada, and the Virginia Port Authority.