Biden Administration Awards $11.9 Million Advanced Technology Grant to Maryland to Improve Safety and Mobility on U.S. Route 50
Maryland Department of Transportation to receive grant under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law as part of $52.78 million investment package
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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration awarded Maryland a $11.9 million Advanced Transportation Technology and Innovation (ATTAIN) program grant to improve safety and mobility along the Eastern Shore. The Maryland Department of Transportation (DOT) will receive the grant for its ROUTE on US 50 project as part of a $52.78 million investment package under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. ATTAIN program awards will go to eight projects around the country that bring innovative technology-based solutions to improve the travel experience for the millions of Americans using our highway and transit systems, with expanded eligibility for projects in communities that have previously lacked investments, including rural areas and areas of persistent poverty.
“Your zip code shouldn’t determine whether you have access to safe, affordable transportation,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “With President Biden’s investments in innovative technology, we’re helping communities make transportation safer and more efficient, particularly in places that haven’t received enough resources in the past.”
Maryland DOT will use the funding to deploy new technologies and traffic sensors for traffic prediction, signal timing, curve warning and other messaging to improve safety and mobility along 113 miles of U.S. Route 50. The project area includes disadvantaged communities.
“We’re helping deliver a leading-edge transportation system designed to reach everyone and to work for everyone, especially those in communities who have lacked access to efficient transportation,” said Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt. “In Maryland, we understand that getting to, from and around the Eastern Shore is a critical issue for all Marylanders. This advanced technology grant to the Maryland Department of Transportation will improve safety and mobility for those traveling along the Eastern Shore.”
The ATTAIN program promotes advanced technologies to improve safety and reduce travel times for drivers and transit riders that can serve as national examples. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law expanded the program and added new emphasis to climate change and environmental justice impacts. The eight selected projects will help advance intelligent transportation systems technologies that improve mobility and safety. The projects include the extension of real-time traffic information and signal timing systems, including for transit, along with other advanced technologies.
More information on the awards is available here: Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Key Programs under the Federal Highway Administration Office of Operations
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