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IDEA: Innovative Deployments to Enhance Arterials

$13 million Challenge Grant Program
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MTC invites eligible Bay Area public agencies to submit applications for consideration under a new regional initiative called “Innovative Deployments to Enhance Arterials” (IDEA). The new grant program aims to use $13 million in federal funds to help cities, counties and transit agencies improve the operation of major arterial roadways and to make these roadways more ready for connected and automated vehicle technologies.

The Bay Area has over 33,000 directional miles of arterials and local streets, and approximately 11,000 traffic signals.  Many of the region’s major arterials carry heavy traffic and experience significant congestion during weekday peak periods. This can lead to loss of productive time, unreliable travel for cars and buses, and increased safety issues for bicyclists and pedestrians.

IDEA is designed to help cities, counties and transit agencies deploy advanced technologies to enhance mobility, sustainability and safety along major arterials. Public agencies may opt to deploy mature, commercially-available technologies on their own or integrated with newer, higher-risk connected and automated vehicle technologies. Agencies also may choose to support regional readiness for future connected/automated vehicle on arterials by deploying pilot concept projects using cutting-edge connected/automated vehicle technologies.

Grant funds will be directed towards two categories of projects:  Category 1 projects deploy mature, commercially-available advanced technologies. Category 2 projects deploy connected/automated vehicle technologies.

Federal funds available through IDEA are designed to assist agencies with project implementation through capital support and consultant technical assistance. Services to be performed by the consultants will be defined by MTC, in coordination with the grant recipients.

Check this page regularly for updates. An IDEA grant application and a corridor information spreadsheet can be found in the Related Documents section on this page.

The IDEA program's main goals are to:

  • Speed travel times and improve travel-time reliability on major arterials
  • Improve safety for drivers, transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Reduce vehicle emissions and fuel consumption
  • Advance public agencies' proficiency in the use of advanced technologies for arterial operations

Please click here for complete IDEA program guidelines.

The IDEA grant program can be used to fund:

  • Traffic signal system improvements
  • Bicycle and pedestrian improvements
  • Transit improvements
  • Other projects

Please click here for more information about IDEA project eligibility.