The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced an opportunity to apply for $8 million in federal funding for projects that demonstrate innovative approaches to mobility issues in public transportation.
The program, known as the Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox, will support research and technology deployments that improve public transportation efficiency and effectiveness, enhancing safety and connectivity in America’s transportation system.
“Innovation is driving our world forward, and we want public transportation providers to seize opportunities to embrace new ideas and solutions,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Technology is a powerful tool for bringing people together like never before – to connect communities in ways that build and increase opportunity.”
Projects funded through the MOD Sandbox could include smartphone apps; innovative fare payment and finance mechanisms; connected vehicles and infrastructure; shared-use and on-demand services; and a broad range of other mobility solutions. And, as public transportation is a lifeline to jobs, education, and other opportunities for millions of Americans, it is critical that MOD projects embrace accessibility and equity for all travelers.
Existing FTA grantees, such as public transportation agencies, state departments of transportation, and Native tribes, are eligible to receive funds under the program, and applicants are encouraged to partner with private and non-profit organizations to deliver their projects. Applications are due by July 5, 2016.