ITS America applauds U.S. DOT focus on innovation and encouraging ITS in latest round of TIGER grants
Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s (ITS America) President and CEO Regina Hopper has reacted to this week’s announcement by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx that the Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) will provide $500 million for 39 transportation projects from its Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2015 program.
She said “ITS America is thrilled to see U.S. DOT recognize New York, Rhode Island, Ohio, Kentucky and a Kansas-led consortium of states across the Midwest as 2015 TIGER grant winners for the deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) that promise to help better manage, maintain, and modernize our nation’s transportation network. These projects will be critical for advancing the broader adoption of ITS technologies that are making our nation’s roadways and vehicles safer, reducing traffic congestion and costs and that meet both current and future demands of larger transportation network.”
The following specific TIGER Grant projects support the integration of intelligent transportation systems technologies to maximize transportation assets and deliver game-changing safety and efficiency advancements to the transportation network.
- A $25 million grant to implement a regional truck parking information management system along interstates in Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, providing truck drivers with reliable, real-time information to make smarter, more efficient truck parking decisions.
- A $16.9 million grant to install Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) infrastructure, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) upgrades (including transit signal priority), and complete streets improvements along approximately 15 miles of the Dixie Highway corridor.
- A $10 million grant to improve east-west travel options along the Hudson Links I-287 corridor in Rockland and Westchester counties in New York that will retime traffic signals, improve overall corridor management, and create a safer environment for all users as well as reducing travel times, operating costs and carbon emissions.
- A $9 million grant to assist in the construction of a multimodal travel plaza on I-95 in Hopkinton, Rhode Island, that will include electric vehicle charging stations, a secured bicycle parking area and a newly constructed welcome center with incorporated solar panels.
- A $6.8 million grant to assist in the development and deployment of technology for fixed and demand-response transit operators in rural transit service areas across rural Ohio.