DOT pushes for personalized transportation research

Recognizing that Americans are taking advantage of an increasing number of transportation options, the Federal Transit Administration announced a Mobility on Demand Sandbox demonstration program to fund research and technology deployments for an integrated, automated, accessible and connected transportation system in which personalized mobility is a key objective.

The MOD Sandbox program will award $8 million to 10 projects where transportation system concepts and solutions – supported through local partnerships – can be demonstrated through integration with existing public transportation options.

FTA seeks to fund project teams that will develop new partnerships and business models and investigate new, enabling technical capabilities.  Those new tech tools could include smartphone apps, integrated payment systems, connected vehicle infrastructure, shared-use and on-demand services, vehicle prioritization schemes and other incentives for influencing traveler choices.

The MOD Sandbox will also allow FTA to measure project impacts and assess how its existing policies and regulations may support or impede these new transportation models through evaluation of all project efforts.

Public transportation agencies, state transportation departments and tribal governments are eligible to apply to the program as well as start-ups and civic innovation companies. Applicants are encouraged to work with non-profits and private organizations to deliver their projects.

A detailed explanation of the goals of the programs and selection criteria can be seen here

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Derek Major is a former reporter for GCN.

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