“This $43.3 million in federal funding will advance innovative technologies that will improve mobility and safety in America’s transportation network,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
The Michigan project will design and deploy an intelligent transportation network along the Woodward Avenue corridor to serve Detroit-area drivers. The project includes four main technologies to improve safety and reduce congestion — pedestrian detection, prioritization and alerts, traffic intersection preemption and signal priority for authorized vehicles, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, and advanced data analytics and computing.
FHWA’s ATCMTD program funds early deployments of forward-looking technologies that can serve as national models. This year, the grants will fund projects that use advanced real-time traveler information, vehicle communications technologies, artificial intelligence, regional approaches, and bicycle-pedestrian safety features.
“The program selections this year aim to benefit communities across the country by improving safety and efficiency on our roads through the deployment of advanced technologies,” said Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason. “These funds will help enhance travel for pedestrians and drivers in the Detroit area with ITS technologies along the Intelligent Woodward Corridor project.”
The FHWA evaluated 33 applications requesting more than $139 million.
ATCMTD was established under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. State departments of transportation, local governments, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and other eligible entities were invited to apply under the program. Now in its fourth year, the program has funded more than 35 projects worth $207 million.