U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $1 Million to Missouri’s I-270 Predictive Layered Operations Initiative
June 16, 2020
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel.: (202) 366-0660
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today awarded a $1 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Missouri Department of Transportation for its Predictive Layered Operation Initiative (PLOI) on I-270. The ATCMTD program this year awarded grants valued at $43.3 million to ten projects that use cutting-edge technologies to improve mobility and safety for America’s travelers.
“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 Missouri project will deploy a predictive analytics platform that uses complex algorithms based on traffic, weather and incident data to improve response and operations. The system will use predictive models that consider several different factors, traffic volumes, weather or special events, to determine the likelihood of crashes and identify response times. The project aims to improve public safety by modeling, for example, whether crashes would increase as the result of traffic increases from a major sporting event.
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. “State-of-the-art systems will improve winter maintenance and traffic incident management along I-270 in Missouri.”
The FHWA evaluated 33 applications requesting more than $139 million.
ATCMTD 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. Now in its fourth year, the program has funded more than 35 projects worth $207 million.
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