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April 18, 2018 5:30 PM, EDT

FHWA Offers $60 Million in Transportation Technology Grants

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The Federal Highway Administration has made $60 million in grant money available for states and cities that are leading transportation-related technology projects.

The agency published a Notice of Funding Opportunity on April 18 allowing agencies to compete for grants through its Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program.

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“These grants promote the use of cutting-edge technology to improve safety and reduce traffic congestion,” acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson said. “Innovation will improve connections between rural communities and provide all Americans with safer transportation options.”

This grant program was created in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act as a way to improve the performance of the transportation system, reduce congestion and improve safety.

According to an FHWA news release, the agency is interested in financing projects that incorporate intelligent transportation system technologies and bring data together from different systems, such as integrated corridor management, real-time traveler information and traffic data collection.

State departments of transportation, local government agencies, transit groups and metropolitan planning organizations are invited to apply for the grants.

FHWA’s announcement marks the start of the grant’s third funding cycle. The program has provided $110 million to 18 projects in 13 states, including Virginia Port Authority’s truck reservation system. The grants also have funded enhancements to existing projects, such as the Florida Department of Transportation’s Sunstore integrated data system, Pittsburgh’s SmartPGH initiative to connect communities to transportation and California’s GoPort freight project in Alameda County.