6.9 billion hours! That is the amount of time Americans spend stuck in traffic, according to a 2014 study by Texas A&M Transportation Institute and INRIX. That translates into $690 a year in wasted fuel for the average driver. Of course, not everyone is trapped in commuter gridlock. Times vary by location. No matter where live, however, we all appreciate infrastructure improvements. Part of the FAST Act, the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Initiative is providing grants to make US travel safer and more efficient for everyone.
The FAST ACT
The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was designed to provide long-term funding for surface transportation infrastructure. It authorized $305 billion over fiscal years 2016 through 2020 for that purpose. To learn more about it, read 20 Fast Act Provisions designed to support Intelligent Transportation (ITS) Systems.
The Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Initiative
The ATCMTD Initiative is one funding opportunity authorized by the FAST Act. It supports projects that model and deploy advanced transportation and congestion management technologies. Projects may include:
- Advanced traveler information system
- Advanced transportation management technologies
- Monitoring and maintenance of infrastructure
- Advanced public transportation systems
- Data collection, analysis, and dissemination for transportation systems
- Advanced safety systems, including vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications
- Collision avoidance technologies, including those associated with autonomous vehicles
- Electronic pricing and payment systems
- Integration of intelligent transportation systems with the Smart Grid
- Advanced mobility and access technologies, such as ride sharing for elderly and disabled persons.
Selected Previous Winners
Pittsburgh, PA - Received $10.9 million for Smart Spine an adaptive signal which feeds traffic and other data into a regional transportation system to help reduce congestion.
Denver, CO - Received nearly $6 million to use connected vehicles to help ease the commute from suburbs to the city.
Los Angeles, CA - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA), received $3 million for the Freight Advanced Traveler Information System (FRATIS), and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to make its Promise Zone safer for both drivers and pedestrians.
Houston, TX - Received $8.9 million for ConnectSmart, a multi-modal project that integrates drivers, carpoolers, transit riders, and bicyclists, and also unifies payment across different transit options.
San Francisco, CA - Received $10.9 million for intelligent system technologies intelligent to encourage carpooling, increase safety, and reduce congestion on the Bay Bridge.
Applying for the ACTMTD Initiative
Eligible applicants include state and local governments, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations representing a population of over 200,000, political subdivisions of a state or local government such as publicly owned toll or port authorities, or consortia. The deadline is June 12, 2017.