Seattle awarded $4 million FHWA grant to install intelligent transportation system technologies

The city of Seattle was recently awarded a $4 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for a new multimodal integrated corridor mobility for all (MICMA) project.

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According to the Seattle Department of Transportation, the grant will be used to install and upgrade numerous intelligent transportation system (ITS) technologies, including traffic signal priority systems and closed circuit television cameras for operation management, incident monitoring, and detection.

“The Seattle area has always been on the forefront of technology, on which the future of U.S. transportation depends,” Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye Hendrickson said. “Funds like these make it easier for state and local officials nationwide to develop innovations like the MICMA project to address the nation’s growing congestion problem.”

Established under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the ATCMTD program funds new technologies that are deployed to enhance existing traffic capacity for commuters and businesses.

Seattle represents one of 10 projects that have benefited from the ATCMTD funds this year. In total, the FHWA has given out nearly $54 million to help with a variety of traffic capacity issues, including advanced real-time traveler information for drivers, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, and traffic management systems that cut down on congestion.