Grants will help fight congestion, increase connectivity and improve access to opportunity
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $65 million in grants to 19 communities for advanced technology transportation projects at the recent White House Frontiers Conference on the future of innovation. One focus of the conference was on how new transportation innovations are transforming American cities.
“From automated vehicles to connected infrastructure to data analytics, technology is transforming how we move around our country, and some of the most exciting innovation is happening at the local level,” said Foxx. “These grants will enable cities and rural communities to harness new technologies to tackle hard problems like reducing congestion, connecting people to mass transit and enhancing safety.”
Grantees are expected to leverage the funds to provide for $170 million in projects associated with smart city technologies. Projects will improve the efficiency of highway systems and integrate new mobility tools.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in New York will receive $7.8 million for its connected vehicle program. The program will use multiple communication methods to alert truckers to border wait times and available parking. The program is designed to reduce congestion in the Buffalo-Niagara area.
The city and county of San Francisco, Calif., will receive about $11 million for the Smart City Connected program. The project combines tolling for the Bay Bridge with incentives for high occupancy vehicles and other congestion-reducing efforts.
Valley Metro Rail of Phoenix, Ariz., will receive $1 million to implement a smart phone mobility platform that includes mobile ticketing and multimodal trip planning. The app will integrate with ride-hailing, bike sharing and car sharing companies.
The city of Palo Alto, Calif., will receive $1.1 million for a commuter planning project. The program will include integrated trip reduction software, a multi-modal trip planning app and workplace parking rebates.
The grants are being awarded through two U.S. Department of Transportation initiatives: the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment program run by the Federal Highway Administration, and the Mobility on Demand Sandbox program overseen by the Federal Transit Administration.
A total of $300 million was awarded at the Frontiers Conference in various areas of innovation. Brain research initiatives received $70 million, precision medicine projects received $16 million, small satellite technology projects received $50 million and $165 million in public and private funds went to support cities in using technology to solve issues. Click here for details.
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