Seeking advances in applying new transportation technologies, the U.S. Dept. of Transportation has opened competition for two technology-related grant programs totaling $800 million over five years. The agency announced on Sept. 19 that it is now accepting applications for grants funded by the two programs’ combined first-year allocation of $160 million.
The larger of the two was created in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and is called Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation, or SMART. The law provides $500 million over five years for SMART, and DOT is seeking applications for the first year’s allocation of $100 million.