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Snapshot of FAST Act - February 2018

Snapshot of FAST Act’s Technology Operational Testing and Deployment Programs - February 2018

Snapshot of FAST Act’s Technology Operational Testing and Deployment Programs

With the White House infrastructure plan proposing new infrastructure programs, ITS America thought it would be useful to provide a snapshot of FAST Act’s technology operational testing and deployment programs. The FAST Act clarified that ITS improvements, in particular, vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology, are eligible uses of most highway programs.

The National Highway Performance Program provides support for the condition and performance of the National Highway System. V2I is an eligible activity.

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program provide funding to State and local governments for transportation projects and programs to help meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act. V2I is an eligible activity.

Surface Transportation Block Grant Program provides flexible funding to State and local governments for transportation needs. V2I is an eligible activity.

Highway Safety Improvement Program provides funding to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads. V2I is an eligible activity.

National Highway Freight Program provides funding to improve the efficient movement of freight on the National Highway Freight Network. Eligible technology uses of program funds include ITS and other technology to improve the flow of freight, including intelligent freight transportation systems; real-time traffic, truck parking, roadway condition, and multimodal transportation information systems; electronic screening and credentialing systems for vehicles, including weigh-in-motion truck inspection technologies; traffic signal optimization, including synchronized and adaptive signals; work zone management and information systems; highway ramp metering; electronic cargo and border security technologies that improve truck freight movement;  and ITS that would increase truck freight efficiencies inside the boundaries of intermodal facilities.

Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects provide competitive grants to nationally and regionally significant freight and highway projects. The Secretary must consider innovative technologies.

Intelligent Transportation Systems provides for the research, development, and operational testing of ITS aimed at solving congestion and safety problems, improving operating efficiencies in transit and commercial vehicles, and reducing the environmental impact of growing travel demand.

Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Program provide competitive grants for the development of model deployment sites for large-scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies. Eligible activities include advanced traveler information systems; advanced transportation management technologies; infrastructure maintenance, monitoring, and condition assessment; advanced public transportation systems; transportation system performance data collection, analysis, and dissemination systems; advanced safety systems, including vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications; technologies associated with autonomous vehicles, and other collision avoidance technologies, including systems using cellular technology; integration of intelligent transportation systems with the Smart Grid and other energy distribution and charging systems; electronic pricing and payment systems; or advanced mobility and access technologies, such as dynamic ridesharing and information systems to support human services for elderly and disabled individuals.

Technology and Innovation Deployment Program provides funding to accelerate the implementation and delivery of innovations and technologies that result from highway research and development to benefit all aspects of highway transportation. Eligible activities include deploying research results and products developed under the Highway Research and Development program; establishing and carrying out demonstration programs; providing technical assistance and training to researchers and developers; developing improved tools and methods to accelerate adoption of proven innovative practices and technologies as standard practices; and Implementing the Future Strategic Highway Research Program findings and results.