Feds Award Texas Funds for 'Connected Freight Corridors'

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Posted: Monday, October 9, 2017 2:54 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Federal Highway Administration officials awarded a $6 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment grant to the Texas Department of Transportation for its Connected Freight Corridors Project.

"Technology is the future of U.S. transportation," said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson. "With innovation such as this, we are giving state and local officials the tools needed to address the growing congestion problems of our nation’s highway system."

Texas’ Connected Freight Corridors project will deploy connected-vehicle technologies in more than 1,000 commercial trucks and other vehicles which will be able to transmit data and receive warnings from 12 different advanced information systems.

FHWA’s ATCMTD program funds cutting-edge technologies that are ready to be deployed to enhance existing traffic capacity for commuters and businesses. This year, the program funded 10 projects valued at nearly $54 million that that range from advanced real-time traveler information for drivers, public transit riders and freight shippers, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications that will enhance safety and pave the way for autonomous vehicles, and congestion-relieving traffic management systems.

The ATCMTD program 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.

SOURCE: Federal Highway Administration

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