RFP Summary provided by the agency
The FAST Act continues the ITS program, which provides for the research, development, and operational testing of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) aimed at solving congestion and safety problems, improving operating efficiencies in transit and commercial vehicles, and reducing the environmental impact of growing travel demand. Guided by the required five-year ITS Strategic Plan, the program is currently focused on significantly reducing crashes through advanced safety systems based on interoperable wireless communications among surface transportation vehicles of all types, traffic signals, other infrastructure systems, pedestrians, wireless devices, and automated vehicle systems.
What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?
ITS Program provides for the research, development, and operational testing of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) aimed at solving congestion and safety problems, improving operating efficiencies in transit and commercial vehicles, and reducing the environmental impact of growing travel demand.
How do you submit to this opportunity?
To apply, research must be related to disruption of connected and automated vehicles. The FAST Act requires DOT to focus on the development of cybersecurity research to help prevent hacking, spoofing, and disruption of connected and automated transportation vehicles. Infrastructure development: The FAST Act also requires that operational tests of ITS must be used primarily for the development of ITS infrastructure, equipment, and systems and not be used for the construction of physical surface transportation infrastructure unless the construction is incidental and critically necessary to the implementation of an ITS project.
Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?
State governmentsNative American tribal governments (Federally recognized) State DOTs, Federal Land Management Agencies, and tribal governments. Metropolitan planning organizations and local governments may apply through State DOTs as subrecipients.
Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:
Ready to Design, Build, and Test Operational Systems: In 2016, DOT awarded three cooperative agreements collectively worth more than $45 million to initiate a Design/Build/Test phase of the Connected Vehicle (CV) Pilot Deployment Program in three sites: Wyoming, New York City (NYC), and Tampa. Sponsored by the USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), the CV Pilot Deployment Program is a national effort to deploy, test, and operationalize cutting-edge mobile and roadside technologies and enable multiple CV applications. Over the previous 12 months, each site has prepared a comprehensive deployment concept to ensure a rapid and efficient connected vehicle capability roll-out. Now the three sites will embark on a new 20-month phase to design, build, and test the nation’s most complex and extensive deployment of integrated wireless in-vehicle, mobile device, and roadside technologies.