The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today awarded a $2.5 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for connected vehicle (CV) technologies.
“These highly innovative projects offer high-tech solutions to relieve congestion and improve safety and efficiency on the nation’s highways,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
GDOT will use the funds on roadside infrastructure to support the operation of CV technologies, including 1,700 additional traffic signals and metered ramps in the metro Atlanta area. The project aims to outfit all interstate ramps and signalized intersections on major roads in the region with proper vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies to communicate with private, fleet and transit vehicles. GDOT also plans to develop an information-sharing portal where developers and traffic management partners can access and leverage real-time data to improve or optimize the effectiveness of their products and services.
“These technological tools are helping to support a transportation system that is equipped for the future,” said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson.
FHWA's ATCMTD program funds early deployments of cutting-edge technologies that can serve as national models to improve travel for commuters and businesses. This year, the program funded 10 projects valued at $53 million that range from advanced real-time traveler information to Integrated Corridor Management and vehicle communications technologies, paving the way for connected and autonomous vehicles and congestion-relieving traffic management systems.
The ATCMTD program was established under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. State departments of transportation, local governments, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and other eligible entities were invited to apply under the program.