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The Congestion Relief Program seeks to help metropolitan U.S. areas reduce heavy traffic by supporting strategic new solutions.

 

The Federal Highway Administration’s (FWHA) Congestion Relief Program is extending $50 million in funds to eligible organizations, helping them develop advanced new strategies to mitigate the challenges and risks of heavy traffic congestion in major cities. The discretionary grant has a submission deadline of April 22, 2024, with a total funding ceiling of $150 million.

 

Who is eligible for Congestion Relief Program funds?

To qualify for a share of the Congestion Relief Program funds, organizations must belong to a metropolitan, city or state planning entity and be working on a dedicated transportation project. The project must be focused on an urban region housing a population in excess of one million people. According to the grant’s webpage, areas that regularly experience the heaviest traffic will be given precedence over less crowded ones.

 

How can Congestion Relief Program grant monies be used?

Once an organization has determined their eligibility status, applied for funding and received money, they must be strategic with how they use it to improve their traffic flows. A traffic improvement project or connected system of transportation plans needs to include strategizing, designing, execution and building phases. Activities that will qualify are:

  • Implementing a congestion management system that is consolidated with other solutions.
  • Rolling out solutions that install accountability for congestion, cordon or parking pricing as well as toll lanes for high occupancy vehicles.
  • Deploying incentive systems that promote public travel via non-highway roads, transit outside of heavy-traffic hours and carpooling.
  • Pursuing mobility services and public transportation options that make mass travel more efficient.

It’s important to note that any potential traffic solutions also need to account for potentially negative financial impacts to lower-income motorists. For example, if a new toll road or policy is planned to help alleviate heavy traffic in a region, methods of assistance may first need to be considered so that drivers earning less than the average aren’t harshly affected by it.

 

Using intelligent transportation data in tandem with creative solutions to reduce traffic congestion

Funds are being distributed under the Congestion Relief Program because of the many detrimental effects that heavy traffic congestion brings to a metropolitan area. A few of these adverse effects include more dangerous driving conditions, higher air pollution, delayed arrivals, increased stress on drivers, and decreased vehicle longevity. As urban areas continue to sprawl and more vehicles are added to our streets, it’s imperative to maintain a proactive approach to solving traffic problems. By studying rich traffic data specific to your municipality or state, you can get ahead of these challenges and develop new transportation plans now that can pay dividends later.

Geotab ITS offers real-world, actionable connected vehicle data. With our Altitude platform, we offer a bevy of robust insights that help planners and modelers understand aggregate traffic flows and develop smarter strategies. Altitude’s applications for traffic management include:

  • Contextual information that helps your team understand the purpose of travel through your region. 
  • Analytics that indicate the most popular routes of vehicle movement.
  • The ability to measure the effects of enacted policies or new construction projects that are aimed at relieving traffic congestion.
  • Visual traffic insights that indicate a metropolis’ most problematic roadways.
  • Road insights on vehicle speeds and durations of travel.
  • Curbside management data to support congestion relief strategies. Monitoring how curbside parking impacts metropolitan areas is critical to streamlining traffic flow, especially in a post-COVID world.
  • Freight plans to help manage and forecast freight movement throughout your city or area. 

Our data can also help you pinpoint key infrastructure challenges that could be contributing to traffic clogging within your jurisdiction. Based on what the insights are indicating, your agency can ideate creative new policies and construction projects to help loosen the traffic flow, then measure the results. Coupling ingenuity with modern transportation technologies will empower your urban region to make the most of its awarded program funds, guiding your communities’ traffic movement toward a safer and more efficient standard. 

 

Insights as the foundation of your traffic-softening strategies

Advanced insights should form the bedrock of your organization’s traffic congestion relief plan. With Altitude, you can start with a comprehensive foundation of transportation insights and contextualized information. Backing up hypotheses about why and how vehicles are moving throughout your city or state with data helps you move new initiatives forward with greater confidence that they’ll work. Make sure to apply for your Congestion Relief Program funds before this year’s deadline and consider our solution‘s role in helping you deploy a successful traffic strategy today.

Speak with one of our experts to learn more about how Altitude’s insights can help your organization solve the complex challenges associated with heavy urban traffic.

 

 

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