The Federal Highway Administration awarded $49.6 million worth of Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment or ATCMTD grants to 10 projects using advanced intelligent transportation systems technologies designed to improve mobility, safety, and support vehicle connectivity.
[Above photo by the Georgia DOT.]
“The program selections this year look to the future to help ensure that our nation’s highway network is able to accommodate the many advanced technologies on the horizon,” noted Nicole Nason, FHWA’s administrator in a statement.
Three state departments of transportation received project funding via this round of ACTMTD grants:
- The Maine Department of Transportation received a $3.47 million grant for its Maine Advanced Signal Control and Connected Vehicle System for Safe, Efficient and Equitable Rural Transportation or MAST Project. That project will replace 43 traffic signal controllers statewide and install dedicated short-range communications and cellular vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies at each signal to allow communication with connected vehicles in real-time at intersections.
- The Georgia Department of Transportation received $3.2 million to help fund its Emergency Vehicle Preemption Using Connected Vehicle Technology project, which aims to assist emergency vehicles in traversing exit ramps and arterials in an efficient and safe manner.
- The Utah Department of Transportation received $5.45 million for its Utah Broadly project that oversees seven different efforts to advance connected vehicle systems in both urban and rural communities.
Established under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation or FAST Act, the ACTMTD grant program provides ITS investment funding to state DOTs, local governments, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and other eligible entities. Over the last five years, the program has provided $256 million to fund more than 45 projects, FHWA said.