U.S. DOT announces funding opportunity for roadway traffic safety tools

Nov. 22, 2019

The U.S. DOT recently announced a funding opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments to build capacity for innovative data tools and information to improve roadway traffic safety.

“This is part of the department’s ongoing effort to utilize predictive data analytics to identify and address systemic factors contributing to crashes and improve roadway safety in communities across America,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement.

This marks an important step in the department's Safety Data Initiative, which helps communities devise policies to reduce roadway fatalities. This funding opportunity makes available up to $3 million to develop, refine, and deploy safety tools that address specific roadway safety problems. U.S. DOT anticipates making awards of $250,000 to $500,000 to each successful applicant.

Eligible applicants are state or local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and regional governments, other political subdivisions of a state or local government, and tribal governments. The funding complements existing safety data improvement programs at the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration by focusing on improving data tools practitioners use to inform their policy and decision-making.