SMART grants open second round for state, local transportation innovation

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it’s accepting applications for the second round of its Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation, or SMART, grants.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday that many public sector agencies aren’t equipped to harness the full potential of technologies such as connected vehicles and “smart” traffic signals.

“Our SMART program helps give state, local, and tribal governments the resources they need to find technological solutions to some of their most pressing transportation challenges,” Buttigieg said in a press release.

The five-year SMART grant program was created in 2021 with $500 million in funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. It aims to improve transportation efficiency and safety through investment in technologies including coordinated automation, sensors, smart grids, traffic signals and systems integration.