U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $8.74 Million to the South Jersey Transportation Authority’s Smart and Connected Corridor Project
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today awarded a $8.74 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the South Jersey Transportation Authority for the Smart and Connect Atlantic City Expressway Project. The project will use the grant to transform the Atlantic City Expressway into a smart and connected corridor using cellular vehicle-to-everything technologies.
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 Smart and Connected Atlantic City Expressway Project will focus on transforming the existing Atlantic City Expressway to serve transportation users and surrounding communities safely and efficiently. The primary focus will be to deploy and evaluate compatible cellular vehicle-to-everything technologies to support future connected and automated vehicles.
“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. “The South Jersey Transportation Authority Project will use advanced technologies to support future connected and automated vehicles.”
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.