U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $5.1 Million to Washington State’s Ferry System for Traveler Information
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today awarded a $5.1 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Ferries Division for a traveler information system to enhance service reliability and customer experience.
FHWA’s ATCMTD program this year awarded grants valued at $45.2 million to 10 projects using advanced intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies that will improve mobility and safety, provide multimodal transportation options and support underserved communities.
“With these grants, the Biden-Harris Administration is helping communities deliver modern transportation systems that connect people to where they want to go more affordably, efficiently, and safely,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We’re pleased to support these innovative solutions that will improve driving and public transit for Americans in urban, suburban, and rural areas alike.”
The Washington State Ferries Terminal Wait Times Traveler Information System will use the grant to plan and design a terminal wait time system for customers. The project aims at improving service reliability and increase ridership and will supplement existing city and highway congestion information to provide more comprehensive travel information.
“ATCMTD grants promote innovations that help expand access to transportation for communities in rural areas and cities alike, improve connectivity, and prepare America’s transportation systems for the future,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “Washington’s project will explore advanced technologies to help travelers make better decisions on how and when to get to their destinations.”
The FHWA’s ATCMTD program funds early deployments of forward-looking technologies that can serve as national models. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) continues the ATCMTD from 2022 through 2026 at the same level of funding with a greater focus on rural transportation, transit, paratransit and protecting the environment. BIL adds several new eligible activities such as advanced transportation technologies to improve emergency evacuation and response by federal, state and local authorities, integrated corridor management systems, advanced parking reservation or variable pricing systems and technologies that enhance congestion pricing and automated vehicle communications.