On Wednesday, the South Jersey Transportation Authority was awarded a $8.74 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant for the Smart and Connected Atlantic City Expressway project.
The funding will go toward the effort to transform the Atlantic City Expressway into a smart, connected corridor using cellular vehicle-to-everything technologies.
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This year, more than $45.2 million in ATCMTD grants have been awarded to 10 projects using advanced intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies. The funds are being deployed via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
“We’re pleased to support these innovative solutions that will improve driving and public transit for Americans in urban, suburban, and rural areas alike,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
The project focuses on transforming the existing Atlantic City Expressway to better serve users and surrounding communities safely and efficiently. Officials say a primary focus will be to deploy and evaluate compatible cellular vehicle-to-everything technologies to support future connected and automated vehicles.
Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology allows your car to communicate with any entity that could affect – or be affected – by the vehicle in an effort to improve traffic safety and efficiency.
“ATCMTD grants promote innovations that help expand access to transportation for communities in rural areas and cities alike, improve connectivity, and prepare America’s transportation systems for the future,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “The South Jersey Transportation Authority Project will use advanced technologies to support future connected and automated vehicles.”