U.S. Department of Transportation Awards Nearly $3 Million to the Metro Washington Council of Governments’ Dynamic Travel Demand Management Project
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today awarded a $2.97 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) for deploying dynamic travel demand management technologies throughout the Nation’s capital region. 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 project will leverage the latest advances in real-time big data, artificial intelligence, and advanced computing technologies to deliver personalized and dynamic traveler incentives to implement a first-in-the-nation, coordinated traffic demand management in the region spanning Baltimore, Md., Washington and Richmond, Va.
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. “Real-time information and AI technologies will enhance traffic demand management and relieve congestion in the Nation’s capital region.”
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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