The US Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and 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 US highway and transit systems.
Grants can be applied to technologies ranging from systems that detect and prevent wrong-way crashes to advanced technology to improve trucking operations and terminal operator activities at a port.
FHWA Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program
The FHWA 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.
"ATCMTD grants promote innovations that help expand access to transportation for communities in rural areas and cities alike, improve connectivity, and prepare America's transportation systems for the future," said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. "The program uses advanced technologies and innovation to promote safety for drivers and transit riders and funds projects across the nation that others can learn from as national models."
The FHWA's ATCMTD program funds early deployments of forward-looking 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 established under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Now in its sixth year, the program has provided more than $300 million to more than 55 projects.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues the ATCMTD program from 2022 through 2026 at the same level of funding with a greater focus on rural transportation, transit, paratransit and protecting the environment. It also adds several new eligible activities such as advanced transportation technologies to improve emergency evacuation and response by federal, state and local authorities, integrated corridor management systems, advanced parking reservation or variable pricing systems and technologies that enhance congestion pricing and automated vehicle communications.
FTA Enhancing Mobility Innovation Grants
The FTA awarded $4 million in Enhancing Mobility Innovation (EMI) grants to 9 transit agencies and organizations in 6 states and the District of Columbia to improve access and mobility for transit riders.
"FTA's Enhancing Mobility Innovation program provides more tools to improve mobility and make all modes of transit easier to use and more attractive to riders," said FTA Administrator Nuria Fernandez. "This funding will help recipients test new innovations with a goal of deploying long-lasting solutions that improve the lives of people in their communities."
The FTA's EMI program supports innovations that improve options for how people get around and encourage people to ride transit, such as integrated fare payment systems and user-friendly apps for on-demand public transportation. By focusing on innovative service delivery approaches, creative financing, and novel partnerships, these grant awards will accelerate the industry's progress on adapting technology to improve access and on-board experiences.
The EMI program supports the Biden-Harris Administration's goals to increase transit access and promote environmental justice. FTA encouraged proposals that advance the objectives of the Administration's Justice40 initiative by investing in innovations that benefit disadvantaged communities. By making transit more attractive for riders, the program also helps meet the Administration's climate goals.