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SMART Grants in the News

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(May 2024) University of Illinois - Chicago and UI Urbana Champaign's "Envisioning Equitable Transitions to Sustainable Transportation" Workshop featured SMART Policy Advisor Madeline Zhu, presenting on 'Putting Potential Solutions in Operation.' (Photo: UIUC)



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(May 2024) SMART Grantees Illinois DOT (FY22 Grantee) hosted SMART Policy Advisor Madeline Zhu in Springfield, IL. (Photo: Juan Pava/IL DOT)

Zhu also visited the FY23 Grantees at the Chicago Transit Authority, with their partners at Chicago DOT. 



Smart Cities World: US DoT to provide $500m for smart transportation projects 

WCSC: Proposed $900k pilot program could make dangerous Charleston corridor safer 

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(May 2024) SMART Policy Advisor Madeline Zhu joined staff from SMART Grantee City of Minneapolis, along with partners from Walker Consultants and Bolton and Menk, for a site visit to the Nicollet Ave project corridor. (Photo: Kevin White).




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(May 2024) At the 'Getting Smart on SMART Grants' panel at CoMotion Miami, grantees SporTran, City of Portland, NY MTA, and LA Metro, joined SMART Director Stan Caldwell and OMF representatives. (Photo: Miami CoMotion). 

GovTech: Data in Driver’s Seat for Portland, Ore., Zero-Emission Delivery (FY22 Grantee)


Volpe Center/SBIR: Leveraging AI-Powered Technology to Gather Traffic Safety Data (FY23 Grantee)

Volpe Center/SBIR: Using Vehicle-Sensing Technology to Evaluate Road Safety (FY23 Grantee)

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(April 2024): Director Stan Caldwell joined SMART grantees from Ohio Department of Transportation, the City of Detroit, Texas Department of Transportation, and Chatham Area Transit Authority, presenting at the ITS America Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ. SMART Grantees from the Road Commission of Oakland County, MI also organized a panel on Sustainable Safety: Financially Sustainable C-V2X Deployments, and the grantees from the Arizona Commerce Authority and City of Phoenix also presented on their projects. (FY22 Grantees) (Photo: Melissa Wong)

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(April 2024): Landon Johnson and Prairie Rose Seminole (MHA Drone Program Managers) presented their SMART grant project, Transforming Healthcare Access: MHA Nation's Drone Delivery Initiative, at the Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International Exponential 2024 in San Diego. (FY22 Grantees) (Photo: MHA Nation).

Further coverage about this project.


WSAV: Chatham Area Transit efforts expansion | WSAV-TV (FY22 Grantee)

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AZ Family: How your phone could keeps roads safer ( (FY22 Grantees)

(April 2024) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, and Chief Science Officer, Dr. Robert Hampshire, and SMART Policy Advisor Madeline Zhu, joined grantees and project members from the Arizona Commerce Authority and City of Phoenix, along with students from the SciTech Institute, at the Maricopa County DOT Traffic Management Center (Photo: Elliott Bucci/Arizona Commerce Authority)

KYUK: Drone program takes off in Bethel with first round of federal funding ( (FY22 Grantee)

Government Technology: Feds Help Shreveport, La., and Las Vegas Modernize Transit ( (FY23 Grantees)

WBAP: Fort Worth Receives $2-Million Federal Grant | News Talk WBAP-AM (FY23 Grantee)

A group of people in cold weather gear stand outside in the snow near some buildings. They are flying a small quadrocopter drone.

(April 2024): Madeline Zhu, Policy Advisor for SMART, joined representatives of the Association of Village Council Presidents, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, and Nalaquq LLC for a drone pilot training in Bethel, Alaska, focused on drone operations and GIS, thermal, and environmental condition data collection. Part of the Alaska DOT&PF's ARROW Project, the training  included developing an apprenticeship program with local IBEW chapters. (FY22 Grantee) (Photo: Jake Sloan/Alaska DOT&PF)

A large group of people stand outside flanking a sign identifying a public works project as funded by the Biden-Harris Administration's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Everyone is wearing a bright green safety vest.

(April 2024): SMART Director Stan Caldwell met with City of Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell and representatives from the Nashville Department of Transportation & Multimodal Infrastructure, Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and AECOM to celebrate the installation of their first LiDAR sensors for the SMART Grant project (FY22 Grantee). (Photo: City of Nashville)

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WIPR Puerto Rico: Aúnan esfuerzos para convertir a Canóvanas en epicentro de las Ciudades Smart (FY23 Grantee)

Municipality of Canóvanas Mayor Lornna Soto introduces the city's SMART Grant with SMART Director Stan Caldwell.

(Photo: Municipality of Canóvanas)


FOX28 Savannah: Chatham Area Transit initiates micro-transit pilot through $1.2M grant (FY22 Grantee)

NBC: Yakama Nation, Bellevue awarded traffic safety grants (FY23 Grantees)

KCRG: Dubuque to receive $2 million grant for real-time transportation information system (FY23 Grantee)

ThePulse: Chattanooga Sets The Pace For Pedestrian Safety With $2M USDOT Smart Grant (FY23 Grantee)

KSLA: SporTran awarded nearly $1 million in grant funding (FY23 Grantee)

County17: WYDOT awarded $1.5M federal grant for smarter work zones (FY23 Grantee)

News12: MTA to fund automatic rail-car inspection system for faster services (FY23 Grantee)

CBS News: Maryland DOT awarded $1.2 million grant to improve traffic signal technology (FY23 Grantee)

Las Vegas Sun: Artificial intelligence to be used to help improve safety of Las Vegas crosswalks (FY23 Grantee)

Traffic Technology Today: $50 million in USDOT SMART Grants awarded – 2024 applications to open soon (FY23 Grantees)

Pittsburgh Union Progress: ‘On the cutting edge’: Cambria County officials to test potential national program to deliver medical care with drones (FY23 Grantee)

Forbes: Introducing The Digital Curb: A Fundamental Building Block For Modern Curbside Management. This article on the future of digital curb management explains how the SMART Grants support both FY22 and FY23 Grantees in advancing this work. 

Four people stand outside in front of the Peace Arch Memorial Monument on the US-Canada border in a park. American and Canadian flags wave in the background.


(February, 2024), Madeline Zhu (Policy Advisor, SMART Grants Program) participated in an Advanced Border Information System Design Meeting with the International Mobility and Trade Corridor Program (IMTC), led by the Whatcom Council of Governments (FY22 Grantee) at the Cascade Gateway Land Port of Entry on behalf of the SMART Grants Program. Other attendees included representatives of the IMTC, WA Department of Transportation, the Canada Border Services Agency, and the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

(Photo: Madeline Zhu)

FOX5 Washington, DC: New program tests delivering medications via drone in rural Virginia 

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(Jan, 2024) At the 103rd Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, SMART grantee City of Ithaca (FY22 Grantee), represented by Peter Koonce, and SMART technical expert Jamie Mackey (FHWA) participated in a workshop convened by the TRB Signal Systems Commitee, titled: "Artificial Intelligence in Traffic Signal Operations: An Owner and Operator Perspective." 

(Photo: Peter Koonce)

KYFR: Drone program in New Town aims to improve delivery of essentials to rural areas (FY22 Grantee)

FOX28 Savannah: CAT receives federal funding for new on-demand micro-transit system (FY22 Grantee)