FHWA 06-19 Utah
Monday, April 01, 2019
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel: (202) 366-0660
U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $3 Million Grant to Utah Connected Project
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today awarded a $3 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) for the Utah Connected project.
“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.
With this grant, UDOT will fund data-sharing portals used by public and private sectors and industry and connected and autonomous vehicle applications. The project includes the one-year deployment of autonomous shuttles at four locations across the state, including a hospital, a shopping center, a city center, and Utah's state capitol.
“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.
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