Public Transportation Innovation

 

The goals and objectives for of Public Transportation Innovation projects vary according to the type of project, and there is a phased process where projects build upon each other and continue based upon their success or failure. Research projects have the ultimate goal to develop and deploy new and innovative ideas, practices, and approaches. Eligible research projects focus on: (A) providing more effective and efficient public transportation service, including services to? (i) seniors; (ii) individuals with disabilities; and (iii) low-income individuals; (B) mobility management and improvements and travel management systems; (C) data and communication system advancements; (D) system capacity, including? (i) train control; (ii) capacity improvements; and (iii) performance management; (E) capital and operating efficiencies; (F) planning and forecasting modeling and simulation; (G) advanced vehicle design; (H) advancements in vehicle technology; (I) asset maintenance and repair systems advancement; (J) construction and project management; (K) alternative fuels; (L) the environment and energy efficiency; (M) safety improvements; or (N) any other area that the Secretary determines is important to advance the interests of public transportation. Then, successful research ideas can result in innovation and development projects that improve public transportation systems nationwide to provide more efficient and effective delivery of public transportation services, including through technology and technological capacity improvements. Eligible innovation and development projects focus on: (A) the development of public transportation research projects that received assistance under subsection (c) that the Secretary determines were successful; (B) planning and forecasting modeling and simulation; (C) capital and operating efficiencies; (D) advanced vehicle design; (E) advancements in vehicle technology; (F) the environment and energy efficiency; (G) system capacity, including train control and capacity improvements; or (H) any other area that the Secretary determines is important to advance the interests of public transportation. Demonstration, deployment, and evaluation projects should build on successful research, innovation to promote the early deployment and demonstration of innovation in public transportation that has broad applicability. Demonstration programs require a comprehensive evaluation within two years of the project receiving assistance. Eligible demonstration, deployment, and evaluation projects focus on: (A) the deployment of research and technology development resulting from private efforts or Federally funded efforts; and (B) the implementation of research and technology development to advance the interests of public transportation.; or (C) the deployment of low or no emission vehicles, zero emission vehicles, or associated advanced technology. For the LOW OR NO EMISSION VEHICLE COMPONENT TESTING (Low-No Testing program): competitively selects at least one institution of higher education to operate and maintain a facility to conduct testing, evaluation, and analysis of low or no emission vehicle components intended for use in low or no emission vehicles. The institution(s) shall have: I. the capacity to carry out transportation-related advanced component and vehicle evaluation; II. laboratories capable of testing and evaluation; and III. direct access to or a partnership with a testing facility capable of emulating real-world circumstances in order to test low or no emission vehicle components installed on the intended vehicle. Component testing is voluntary; however, a low or no emission bus model must still comply with Section 5318 Bus Testing. The TRANSIT COOPERATIVE RESEARCH PROGRAM (TCRP) objective is through a cooperative agreement, the National Academy of Science will administer a public transportation cooperative research program with an independent governing board to recommend public transportation research, development and technology transfer activities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
20.530
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Transit Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; L - Dissemination of Technical Information; M - Training
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 FTA anticipates implementing new programs and continuing to build on accomplishments in accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act requirements. FTA will award contracts and cooperative agreements through research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects, and evaluation of research and technology of national significance to public transportation that improves public transportation in our nation. Projects were chosen through a new transparent, participatory, and consensus oriented planning process. Also, as there is a five year authorization, FTA plans to develop a five year strategic plan in late 2016. FTA will establish a new testing program to assess low or no emission vehicle (LoNo) components. It is anticipated that 10 applications will be received and 3 awards will be granted in Fiscal Year 2016. No obligations until FY 2018. Accomplishments under this sections are reflected in CFDA 20.514.
Fiscal Year 2017 Accomplishments for FY 2017 are reflected in assistance listing 20.514.
Fiscal Year 2018 FTA’s 2018 research projects support the Department of Transportation strategic goals of: • Safety: Reduce Transportation-Related Fatalities and Serious Injuries Across the Transportation System. • Infrastructure: Invest in Infrastructure to Ensure Mobility and Accessibility and to Stimulate Economic Growth, Productivity and Competitiveness for American Workers and Businesses. • Innovation: Lead in the Development and Deployment of Innovative Practices and Technologies that Improve the Safety and Performance of the Nation's Transportation System. • Accountability: Serve the Nation with Reduced Regulatory Burden and Greater Efficiency, Effectiveness and Accountability. through three primary program areas of: Mobility Innovation, Safety, and Infrastructure. Projects funded in FY 2018 include: (1) Provided funding for the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) serves to provide technical assistance in the form of working with FTA to resolve many issues that plague the transit industry. This assistance helps to ensure that transit providers understand, prioritize, and comply with achieved resolutions. In FY 2018, TCRP published 12 research products that included full research reports, syntheses of practice, quick studies, and other research activities spanning a broad variety of topics in public transportation. Webinars are a communication tool of TCRP. In addition, the Transportation Research Board host webinars about TCRP products. During the spring of FY 2018, the webinar system hit its registration capacity when 1,300 people signed up for Broadening Understanding of the Interplay between Public Transit, Shared Mobility, and personal Automobiles. (2) Funded 12 projects in 9 states that explored solutions and improvements that were innovative approaches to eliminating or mitigating safety hazards, improve infrastructure resiliency, and improve all-hazards emergency response and recovery. Final reports expected in Winter 2018 for two projects. One project is a tabletop exercise with appropriate local emergency management agencies to coordinate and enhance its existing all-hazard emergency management and recovery plan. The second project developed and tested an emergency recovery plan with local transit agencies and emergency management transportation groups of five counties, provided training materials for 198 individuals and completed six workshops throughout the U.S. using lessons learned from emergency recovery plan development. (3) Funded a safety project that will develop a guidance document for transit agencies to develop and implement an Employee Safety Reporting system that includes transit employee reporting system practices of safety standards, protocols, and best practices. Expect delivery of the guidance document in 2019. (4) Funded safety research projects that provided technical support to transit agencies to pursue innovative approaches to eliminate or mitigate safety hazards. Examples of FY 2018 projects funded transit agencies to produce data on the effectiveness of various technological approaches to enhancing transit safety in collision warnings and avoidance and employee safety protection. Three projects: (1) fixed-mounted train detection and worker warning system demonstration project that will document safety improvements to track workers; (2) track inspector location awareness system project that includes installing secondary wayside systems on tracks for roadway workers lowering the possibilities of injuries and fatalities for employees; and (3) bus mirror configuration project that established preliminary visibility requirements for transit bus operators.
Fiscal Year 2019 In Fiscal Year 2019, FTA will continue to fund research that supports the Department of Transportation goals of: • Safety: Reduce Transportation-Related Fatalities and Serious Injuries Across the Transportation System. • Infrastructure: Invest in Infrastructure to Ensure Mobility and Accessibility and to Stimulate Economic Growth, Productivity and Competitiveness for American Workers and Businesses. • Innovation: Lead in the Development and Deployment of Innovative Practices and Technologies that Improve the Safety and Performance of the Nation's Transportation System. • Accountability: Serve the Nation with Reduced Regulatory Burden and Greater Efficiency, Effectiveness and Accountability. Through FTA’s research primary program areas of: Mobility Innovation, Safety, and Infrastructure. EXPECTED PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR FY 2019 INCLUDE: 1. Transit Automated Research - Funded Transit Bus Automation Strategic Partnerships project to collect data and transfer knowledge to transit industry, agencies, bus manufacturers, technology providers, associations, academics, and State DOT's of the benefits and challenges of transit automation as defined in FTA STAR plan. 2. Scheduled to post a competitive notice of funding opportunity for FTA's Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Program for 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. It is expected that 98 applications will be received and 17 awards will be granted in fiscal year 2020. 3. Expect in FY 2019, TCRP to publish 14 research projects that include full research reports, syntheses of practice, quick studies, conduct 13 webinars and other research activities spanning a broad variety of topics in public transportation. 4. Scheduled to post a competitive notice of funding opportunity for the Human Services Coordination Research Program with funds available under the Public Transportation Innovation Program. Purpose to explore new strategies to improve public transportation services for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low-income individuals. Identify and address gaps in the locally developed Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan. It is expected that 45 applications will be received and 10 awards will be granted in fiscal year 2020. 6. Enhancing the environment by providing mechanisms for mainstreaming and determining performance specifications for low and no emission transit bus components through university-based laboratory testing. 7. Improving the build and project approval process. 8. Stimulating economic growth.
Fiscal Year 2020 ANTICIPATED ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR FY 2020 PROJECTS INCLUDE: 1. The Transit Cooperative Research Program, in FY 2020, will develop short-term, practical solutions such as best practices, transit security guidelines, testing prototypes, and new management tools and communication findings in reports and webinars. 2. It is anticipated that 98 applications will be received for the Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration program solicitation and 17 awards will be granted in fiscal year 2020. The program supports innovations in public transportation service models, payment systems, and automation applications to improve mobility for all people. The effort is to fund cooperative agreement projects in three distinct areas of high interest to the transit industry and traveling public: (A) Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Sandbox demonstrations, (B) FTA's Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR), and (C) Mobility Payment Integration (MPI). A. Requires the MOD projects funded will deploy new tools and service models, such as mobile applications or on-demand micro-transit. Focus areas include projects that provide first-mile/last-mile connections to transit hubs; improve mobility for those with limited transportation choices; and involve targeted, reproducible approaches to data sharing and collection. It is anticipated 40 applications will be received and 12 awards will be made by fiscal year 2020. B. Requires the STAR projects funded to explore the use of vehicle automation technologies in bus transit operations, specifically Automated Advanced Driver Systems (ADAS) for transit buses and automated shuttles. It is anticipated that 10 applications will be received and three awards will be made by fiscal year 2020. C. Requires the MPI projects funded will explore new business approaches and technology solutions that support mobility, enable communities to adopt innovative mobility solutions that enhance transportation efficiency and effectiveness, and facilitate the widespread deployment of proven mobility solutions that expand personal mobility. It is anticipated eight applications will be received and two awards will be made by fiscal year 2020. 3) It is anticipated that 55 applications will be received and 10 awards will be granted in fiscal year 2020 as part of the Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative.