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Biden Administration Awards $2.96 Million Advanced Technology Grant to Massachusetts to Improve Transit Reliability in Boston

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority to receive grant under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law as part of $52.78 million investment package

Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration awarded Massachusetts a $2.96 million Advanced Transportation Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN) program grant to improve transit reliability in the Boston area. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will receive the grant for its Boston Regional Transit Signal Priority Program as part of a $52.78 million investment package under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. ATTAIN program awards will go to eight projects around the country that bring innovative technology-based solutions to improve the travel experience for the millions of Americans using our highway and transit systems, with expanded eligibility for projects in communities that have previously lacked investments, including rural areas and areas of persistent poverty.

“Your zip code shouldn’t determine whether you have access to safe, affordable transportation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “With President Biden’s investments in innovative technology, we’re helping communities make transportation safer and more efficient, particularly in places that haven’t received enough resources in the past.”

The MBTA will receive funding for the Boston Regional Transit Signal Priority Program to make transit service more reliable and efficient. The project includes transit-dependent but underserved communities in the Boston area.

“We’re helping deliver a leading-edge transportation system designed to reach everyone and to work for everyone, especially those in communities who have lacked access to efficient transportation,” said Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt. “In Boston, we’re making transit more reliable and accessible for people from all walks of life with this advanced technology grant to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.”

The ATTAIN program promotes advanced technologies to improve safety and reduce travel times for drivers and transit riders that can serve as national examples. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law expanded the program and added new emphasis to climate change and environmental justice impacts. The eight selected projects will help advance intelligent transportation systems technologies that improve mobility and safety. The projects include the extension of real-time traffic information and signal timing systems, including for transit, along with other advanced technologies.

More information on the awards is available here: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Key Programs under the Federal Highway Administration Office of Operations

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