DOT funds anti-gridlock tech
- By Derek Major
- Mar 24, 2016
To help fend off gridlock in the nation’s cities, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced $60 million in grants to support technologies to reduce costs and boost return on investment in transportation systems.
The grants are part of the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment program, which was established to solve the challenges outlined in last year’s Beyond Traffic report. That study examined the challenges facing America's transportation infrastructure in the next 30 years. It found that Americans spend over 40 hours in traffic each year, and pegged the annual financial cost of congestion at $121 billion. Without investment in roads and mass transportation, the report warned, both figures will get worse.
The ATCMTD program makes competitive grants for deployments of large-scale models of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment.
Those grants may be used for advanced transportation and congestion management technologies, such as solutions that use real-time traveler information, traffic data collection and dissemination, vehicle-to-infrastructure technology and an array of other dynamic and intelligent transportation system technologies to make traveling faster, smarter and simpler.
“Innovative technologies offer exciting solutions that can help meet the challenges outlined in Beyond Traffic and can improve safety and efficiency of transportation across the nation,” Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau said. “This new program will help harness and support these technologies and push the boundaries of what is possible for the future of transportation in our country.”
Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.