U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $3.4 Million for Washington’s Virtual Integrated Corridor Management Project
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 $3.4 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Washington Department of Transportation for its Virtual Coordination Center (VCC) for Multimodal Integrated Corridor Management. 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 Washington project will use a robust cloud-based system that enables multi-agency, multimodal integrated corridor management to coordinate responses to clear roadway incidents quickly and reduce congestion using real-time data. The VCC will gather the data from seven Seattle-area transportation management agencies. The data will be shared through a common dashboard so responders across all the agencies can see incidents as they happen, coordinate responses and distribute unified public messages.
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. “The Washington project will benefit travelers by enabling real-time data sharing and coordinated response to clear roadway incidents quickly and reduce congestion.”
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.
# # #