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Grant awarded for intelligent transport in Houston

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded a US$8.9m grant to enable implementation of a variety of intelligent systems technologies in the city of Houston.

The grant to Houston District of the Texas Department of Transportation comes under FHWA’s Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) program. It will be used to deploy advanced technologies as part of Houston’s ConnectSmart.

“Providing more transportation options helps connect people to jobs and supports economic growth,” said US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx. "Making business and services more accessible will improve the quality of life of residents in Houston.”

The project will integrate transportation management systems across the various modes of transportation to benefit drivers and car-poolers, transit riders and bicyclists. The system will provide additional real-time information on car-pooling, ride-sharing and the availability of shared electric bicycles.

“This project is truly multi-modal and will improve the safety and reliability of Houston’s transportation system for everyone,” federal highway administrator Gregory Nadeau. “It will help relieve congestion and enhance the region’s economic vitality.”

The award was part of a larger announcement totaling US$56.6m to fund advanced technologies various areas in the country. The ATCMTD program funds technologies that address the concerns outlined in Beyond Traffic, the USDOT report issued last year that examines the challenges facing America's transportation infrastructure over the next three decades, such as a rapidly growing population and increasing traffic.

 

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This article was published on 18 Oct 2016 (last updated on 18 Oct 2016).

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