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Transit Automation Research Funding Opportunities

Current Opportunities

  • FTA’s Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) Program provides funding to support and advance innovation in the transit industry. On March 18, 2020, FTA announced the availability of $11 million in AIM challenge grants for projects that can accelerate the development, implementation and adoption of innovative technologies, practices, and service models to improve mobility and enhance the rider experience, with a focus on innovative service delivery models, creative financing, novel partnerships, and integrated payment solutions. Applications are due May 18, 2020.

Past Opportunities

  • FTA’s Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Program funds projects that demonstrate innovative and effective practices, partnerships and technologies to enhance public transportation effectiveness, increase efficiency, expand quality, promote safety and improve the traveler experience. FTA’s IMI 2019 funding opportunity provided $15 million for demonstration projects. The deadline for applications was August 6, 2019.
  • In January 2019, FTA made $500,000 in Section 5312 funds available for transit agencies through the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). Selected transit agencies will become transit bus automation strategic partners and will help advance transit bus automation through research, development, demonstration and deployment projects, and evaluation of technology of national significance to public transportation. Strategic partners will be announced in summer 2019.
  • USDOT made up to $60 million in federal funding available for Automated Driving System (ADS) Demonstration Grants in December 2018. Applications were accepted through March 21, 2019. Selected projects are expected to be announced in summer 2019.
Last updated: Wednesday, April 22, 2020