ITS could be set for a massive boost in the US following the release of government funds for innovative projects.
The US Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for two programmes that will make approximately $160 million available annually for the next five years for projects that use technology to improve US transportation infrastructure and make communities safer.
The Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (Smart) Grants Program stems from last November's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
It will offer up to $100 million in grants annually over the next five years and will fund projects "that use data and technology to solve real-world challenges".
“As we undertake the most ambitious infrastructure investment in generations, thanks to the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we can and must plan for the transportation needs of the future,” said US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg.
“From connected vehicles that make driving safer, to smart traffic signals that reduce congestion, to sensors to detect the quality of pavement to help prioritize repair, our Smart grants will fund technology that makes people’s lives better in communities across America.”
“Achieving our transportation priorities related to safety, economic strength, equity, and climate requires bold investment in new technologies and approaches,” said Dr. Robert C. Hampshire, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology and Chief Science Officer at USDoT.
“Smart supports a broad portfolio of projects across the country that will serve as beacons as we move toward a transportation system that is data-driven, values-based, and technology-enabled.”
The Federal Highway Administration’s $60m Advanced Transportation Technology and Innovation (Attain) Program promotes advanced technologies to improve safety and reduce travel times for drivers and transit riders.
Eligible projects will be evaluated on how they consider climate change and environmental justice impacts – including how they reduce transportation-related air pollution and address the disproportionate impacts on disadvantaged communities. In addition, projects will be evaluated on their economic impact and potential to create jobs.
“As we level the playing field and improve the travel experience for everyone, we need to promote the use of state-of-the-art technologies, and the Attain program does just that,” said acting FHWA administrator Stephanie Pollack.
The funding notice is open now.