FTA Announces $6.5M in for Innovative Transit Projects that Improve Safety

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $6.5 million in research funding for innovative transit bus automation demonstration projects that will improve safety and efficiency. Examples of bus automation projects might include strategies for avoiding collisions with pedestrians, improved emergency braking, and precision movement for bus fueling, charging and maintenance.

Under the Notice of Funding Opportunity, FTA is making $5 million available for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems for transit buses to help improve bus operator safety and efficiency. Another $1.5 million is available for automated transit bus maintenance operations to improve efficiency and safety in maintenance facilities.  As part of its commitment to helping transit workers prepare for technological industry advancements, FTA will look at potential impacts on the workforce as a result of applications submitted through this funding opportunity.

Complete proposals must be submitted electronically through the GRANTS.GOV “APPLY” under the application “FTA-2022-015-TRI-STARby November 21, 2022.