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Biden Administration Awards $9.3 Million Advanced Technology Grant to Minnesota to Improve Transit Reliability in Grand Rapids

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation 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 Minnesota a $9.3 million Advanced Transportation Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN) program grant to help make transit service more reliable in the Grand Rapids area. The Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation will receive the grant for Minnesota's Autonomous Rural Transit Initiative (MARTI) 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.”

Minnesota Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation will use the funding to expand the current MARTI pilot, a free on-demand automated micro-transit service in Grand Rapids, to make transit services more reliant, convenient and accessible in rural communities, including for wheelchair users. The project area includes disadvantaged communities.

“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 Minnesota, we’re helping make transit more reliable and accessible for people from all walks of life with this advanced technology grant to Minnesota’s autonomous rural transit initiative.”

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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