Mar 28 2019

Shelby: UA Receives $8M to Improve Transportation Through Advanced Technology Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded $8,034,003 to the University of Alabama (UA) through the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Program.  The funding will improve traffic control systems in west-central Alabama with modernized technology through the state’s Advanced Connected Transportation Infrastructure and Operations Network (ACTION) initiative.

“It is outstanding news that DOT has awarded UA funding for Alabama’s advanced technology initiative,” said Senator Shelby.  “The program will address transportation needs in west-central Alabama that are critical to improved quality of life and economic vitality.  I look forward to the lasting impacts the implementation of this initiative will bring to the community.”

Last year, UA partnered with the Alabama Department of Transportation, the Tuscaloosa County Road Improvement Commission, and other stakeholders in west-central Alabama to establish the Advanced Connected Transportation Infrastructure and Operations Network (ACTION) initiative.  ACTION is a regional partnership that uses ATCMTD strategies to address local transportation needs, which can be adopted by similar communities in other areas.

The ATCMTD program, established by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in 2015, provides funding for eligible entities to improve the performance of U.S. transportation systems, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the safety of the traveling public by providing state-of-the-art technology, including sensor systems and cameras, and the incorporation of new communication platforms.