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Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Program

The FAST Act established the ATCMTD program to make competitive grants for the development of model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment.  Each Fiscal Year, 2016 through FY 2020, $60 million is authorized and the Federal share for each project may be up to 50 percent of the cost of the project.

Eligible activities
Grant recipients may use funds under this program to deploy advanced transportation and congestion management technologies, including the following:

  • Advanced traveler information systems.
  • Advanced transportation management technologies.
  • Infrastructure maintenance, monitoring, and condition assessment.
  • Advanced public transportation systems.
  • Transportation system performance data collection, analysis, and dissemination systems.
  • Advanced safety systems, including vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.
  • Technologies associated with autonomous vehicles and other collision avoidance technologies, including systems using cellular technology.
  • Integration of intelligent transportation systems with the Smart Grid and other energy distribution and charging systems.
  • Electronic pricing and payment systems.
  • Advanced mobility and access technologies, such as dynamic ridesharing and information systems to support human services for elderly and disabled individuals [23.U.S.C. 503(c)(4)(E)].

A grant recipient may use up to 5 percent of the funds awarded each fiscal year to carry out planning and reporting requirements under the program [23 U.S.C. 503(c)(4)(L)].

Eligible applicants
Eligible applicants include the following:

  • State or local government or political subdivision thereof.
  • Transit agency.
  • Metropolitan planning organization (MPO) representing a population of more than 200,000.
  • Multijurisdictional group made up of the above eligible applicants with a signed agreement to implement the initiative across jurisdictional boundaries.
  • Consortium of research or academic institutions [23 U.S.C. 503(c)(4)(N)].

Surface Transportation System Funding Alternatives (STSFA) Program

The FAST Act established the STSFA program to provide grants to States or groups of States to demonstrate user-based alternative revenue mechanisms that use a user-fee structure to maintain the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. The objectives of the program are the following:

  • Test the design, acceptance, and implementation of two or more future user-based alternative mechanisms.
  • Improve the functionality of the user-based alternative revenue mechanisms.
  • Conduct outreach to increase public awareness regarding the need for alternative funding sources for surface transportation programs and to provide information on possible approaches.
  • Provide recommendations regarding adoption and implementation of user-based alternative revenue mechanisms.
  • Minimize the administrative cost of any potential user-based alternative revenue mechanisms.

In FY 2016, $15 million was authorized and each year FY 2017 through FY 2020, $20 million is authorized and the Federal share for each project may be up to 50 percent of the cost of the project.

Eligible activities
Recipient will use program funds to test the design, acceptance, and implementation of a user-based alternative revenue mechanism, consistent with the program’s objectives.

Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) Demonstration Program

The AID Demonstration program provides funding as an incentive for eligible entities to accelerate the implementation and adoption of innovation in highway transportation. The AID Demonstration program is one initiative under the multi-faceted Technology and Innovation Deployment Program (TIDP) approach providing funding and other resources to offset the risk of trying an innovation. The new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) was published on September 1, 2016, continuing the AID Demonstration program under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act (Pub. L. No. 114-94). Applications for the AID Demonstration program are being accepted under Opportunity Number FHWA-2016-21063 through Grants.gov.

Updated: Wednesday, August 7, 2019