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U.S. Department of Transportation Awards $2.6 Million for Tennessee’s Artificial Intelligence Tools for Integrated Corridors

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

FHWA10H-20
Contact: Nancy Singer
Tel.: (202) 366-0660

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today awarded a $2.6 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for its Artificial Intelligence-Powered Decision Support Tools for Integrated Corridor Management project. The ATCMTD program this year awarded grants valued at $43.3 million to ten projects that use cutting-edge technologies to improve mobility and safety for America’s travelers.

“This $43.3 million in federal funding will advance innovative technologies that will improve mobility and safety in America’s transportation network,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The Tennessee project will use AI to advance a comprehensive Integrated Corridor Management system – part of the multiphase, 28-mile-long I-24 Smart Corridor project along that interstate and connecting highways and state routes. It will help address the challenges to creating a successful and comprehensive ICM system that include, for example, increased congestion, high incident rates and limited real-time performance monitoring.

FHWA’s ATCMTD program funds early deployments of forward-looking technologies that can serve as national models. This year, the grants will fund projects that use advanced real-time traveler information, vehicle communications technologies, artificial intelligence, regional approaches and bicycle-pedestrian safety features.

“The program selections this year aim to benefit communities across the country by improving safety and efficiency on our roads through the deployment of advanced technologies,” said Federal Highway Administrator Nicole R. Nason. “Tennessee’s project is unique in providing other states with a roadmap for the implementation of similar ICM corridors at an accelerated pace.”

The FHWA evaluated 33 applications requesting more than $139 million.

ATCMTD was established under the “Fixing America's Surface Transportation” (FAST) Act. State departments of transportation, local governments, transit agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and other eligible entities were invited to apply under the program. Now in its fourth year, the program has funded more than 35 projects worth $207 million.

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