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US FHWA & FTA Award $45.2 million (ATCMTD) for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

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Today, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) together awarded $49.2 million in innovative technology grants to improve mobility and multimodal connections for millions of Americans who travel on our nation’s highways and public transit systems. Grants can be applied to technologies ranging from systems that detect and prevent wrong-way collisions to advanced technology to improve trucking operations and the activities of terminal operators at a port. A full list of recipients is included below.

FHWA has awarded $45.2 million in Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grants to 10 projects using advanced intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies that improve mobility and safety, reduce congestion, and support underserved communities.

The FTA has awarded $4 million in Mobility Innovation Enhancement (EMI) grants to nine transit agencies and organizations in six states and the District of Columbia to improve access and mobility of public transport users.

“With these grants, the Biden-Harris administration is helping communities provide modern transportation systems that connect people to where they want to go more affordably, efficiently, and safely,” the U.S. Transportation Secretary said. , Pete Buttigieg. “We are thrilled to support these innovative solutions that will improve driving and public transportation for Americans in urban, suburban and rural areas.”

“ATCMTD grants promote innovations that help expand transportation access for rural and urban communities, improve connectivity, and prepare America’s transportation systems for the future,” said Stephanie Pollack, Administrator Acting Federal Highways. “The program uses cutting-edge technology and innovation to promote driver and transit rider safety and funds projects across the country that others can learn from as national role models.”

FHWA’s ATCMTD program funds early deployments of future technologies that can serve as national models. This year, in addition to ITS technologies to reduce congestion, the grants will fund projects supporting ports, rural transportation and ferries. ATCMTD was created under the Fasting America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Now in its sixth year, the program has provided over $300 million to more than 55 projects.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Act continues the ATCMTD program from 2022 to 2026 at the same level of funding with an increased focus on rural transportation, mass transit, paratransit, and environmental protection. It also adds several new eligible activities such as advanced transportation technologies to improve evacuation and emergency response by federal, state and local authorities, integrated corridor management systems, advanced parking reservation systems or variable pricing and technologies that improve congestion pricing and automated vehicle communications.

“FTA’s Enhancing Mobility Innovation program provides more tools to improve mobility and make all modes of public transportation easier to use and more attractive to riders,” said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. “This funding will help grantees test new innovations with the goal of deploying sustainable solutions that improve the lives of people in their communities.

The FTA’s EMI program supports innovations that improve travel options and encourage people to use public transport, such as integrated fare payment systems and user-friendly apps for on-demand public transport. By focusing on innovative approaches to service delivery, creative funding and new partnerships, these grants will accelerate industry progress in adapting technology to improve onboard access and experiences.

The EMI program supports the Biden-Harris administration’s goals to increase access to public transit and promote environmental justice. FTA encouraged proposals that advance the goals of the administration’s Justice40 initiative by investing in innovations that benefit disadvantaged communities. By making public transit more attractive to users, the program also contributes to achieving the Authority’s climate objectives.

ATCMTD FY21 Project Selections

State Recipient name of the project Project amount
Alabama Alabama Department of Transportation Proactive Route Operations to Avoid Traffic Congestion (PROACT) Alabama with advanced technologies to improve operations on I-65. $5,000,000
California Port of Los Angeles Port of Los Angeles Gateway – advanced technologies to enhance trucking, drayage and terminal operator operations. $3,000,000
Illinois City of Chicago Chicago Centralized Transit Signal Priority Project – which gives buses priority at traffic lights. $3,990,000
Kansas Kansas Department of Transportation Great Plains Rural Freight Technology Corridor Project advanced technologies – to provide traffic, weather and other operational information to commercial trucking to optimize freight movement. $6,679,072
Kentucky Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Kentucky Contraflow Driving and Failsafe Technology – which uses ITS to detect and deter contraflow incidents. $5,147,300
New Jersey South Jersey Transport Authority Smart and Connected Atlantic City Expressway deploying Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) technologies to support future connected and automated vehicles. $8,748,763
North Dakota North Dakota Department of Transportation EV user range anxiety solution for rural North Dakota – to provide additional EV charging stations. $1,449,000
Ohio NEORide EZConnect – An open, cloud-based mobility hub providing one-stop access to the travel needs of underserved customers. $1,493,313
Tennessee City of Chattanooga An end-to-end decision support system for integrated management of smart grid and transmission system. $4,577,721
Washington Washington State Department of Transportation Washington State Ferry Terminal Wait Time Traveler Information System. $5,122,345
Total $45,207,514

EMI project selections for fiscal year 2021

State Recipient name of the project Project amount
California Metropolitan Transport Commission Regional demand-responsive transit brokerage service in the San Francisco Bay Area. $500,000
California City of Richmond Unifying Richmond Movements $250,000
California City of Santa Monica Anonymous and recurring digital interception investigation for Big Blue Bus. $330,432
District of Colombia Council of Metropolitan Governments of Washington Vanpool Microtransit Pilot Project: Creating software to increase carpooling as a viable mode of public transportation for transportation disadvantaged populations. $250,000
Maryland University of Maryland-College Park Software solutions for smart and fair travel demand management. $800,000
New York Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority Verification of low-income fare eligibility through connections to other state databases. $283,219
Ohio NEORide Real-time open data exchange for demand response software using the transactional data standard for EZConnect Mobility Hub. $338,600


MobilityData Improving the traveler experience through freely accessible, high-quality multimodal service information. $798,000
Texas NTT Data Inc., Twin and transit data simulator. $500,000
Total $4,050,251