Grants will help fight congestion, increase connectivity and improve access to opportunity
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $65 million in grants to 19 communities for advanced technology transportation projects at the recent White House Frontiers Conference on the future of innovation. One focus of the conference was on how new transportation innovations are transforming American cities.
"From automated vehicles to connected infrastructure to data analytics, technology is transforming how we move around our country, and some of the most exciting innovation is happening at the local level," said Foxx. "These grants will enable cities and rural communities to harness new technologies to tackle hard problems like reducing congestion, connecting people to mass transit and enhancing safety."
Grantees are expected to leverage the funds to provide for $170 million in projects associated with smart city technologies. Projects will improve the efficiency of highway systems and integrate new mobility tools.