The SMART Grants Program is a two-stage program, with the announced grant awards focusing on Stage 1 activities, including Planning and Prototyping.  -  Photo: US DOT

The SMART Grants Program is a two-stage program, with the announced grant awards focusing on Stage 1 activities, including Planning and Prototyping.

Photo: US DOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced more than $50 million in grant awards for 34 technology demonstration projects across the country through the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program.

The competitive grant program, established by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides $500 million over five years for state, local, and Tribal governments to leverage advances in technology to create safer, more efficient, and more innovative transportation systems.

The projects are a part of the President’s Investing in America agenda and encompass locations across 22 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

SMART Grant Awards

This is the second year of SMART grant awards, for which the U.S. DOT received 321 eligible grant applications.

Selected projects, as demonstrated in this partial list, focus on how various technologies make transportation safer, cleaner, more equitable, and more affordable across the country in both rural and urban settings:

  • Projects including the City of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Charleston, S.C.; and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation in Wash., focus on using connected vehicle and smart roadside sensors to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians, and other road users on urban streets and rural highways.
  • In Wyoming and Maryland, statewide highway projects will address work zone safety for highway crews through data sharing and speed management.
  • Talladega, Ala., will deploy smart traffic signals and sensors near the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind to detect and protect pedestrians.
  • Projects in Denver and Contra Costa County, Calif., will streamline and unify dozens of disparate paratransit providers and systems to make them more accessible.
  • Building on last year’s uncrewed aerial systems (UAS) grants, two new projects in the southern Allegheny mountains in Pennsylvania and the eastern shore of Maryland will use UAS to deliver emergency and chronic medical supplies to remote areas.
  • In Canovanas, Puerto Rico, and Broward County, Fla., projects will build new digital models of transportation infrastructure to better predict and track maintenance, target improvements, and communicate with the public – especially around storms, flooding, and other weather impacts.

SMART Grant Focus

The SMART Grants Program is a two-stage program, with the announced grant awards focusing on Stage 1 activities, including planning and prototyping.

Recipients will focus on conducting demonstration projects focused on advanced smart community technologies and systems to improve transportation efficiency and safety.

To view the full list of awards, click here.

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