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H.R. 3825 (114th): Intelligent Technologies Initiative Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of Oct 23, 2015 (Introduced).


I

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3825

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 23, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To improve transportation safety, efficiency, and system performance through innovative technology deployment and operations.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Intelligent Technologies Initiative Act of 2015.

2.

Definitions

In this Act, the following definitions apply:

(1)

Eligible entity

The term eligible entity means a State or local government, including a territory of the United States, tribal government, transit agency, port authority, metropolitan planning organization, or other political subdivision of a State or local government or a multi-State or multi-jurisdictional group applying through a single lead applicant.

(2)

ITS

The term ITS means intelligent transportation systems.

(3)

Multi-jurisdictional group

The term multi-jurisdictional group means a combination of State governments, locals governments, metropolitan planning agencies, transit agencies, or other political subdivisions of a State that have signed a written agreement to implement the Intelligent Technology Initiative across jurisdictional boundaries. Each member of the group, including the lead applicant, must be an eligible entity to receive a grant under this Act.

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Transportation.

3.

Intelligent technology initiative

(a)

Establishment of program

Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish an Intelligent Technology Initiative to provide grants to eligible entities to establish deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of ITS to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and return on investment. The Secretary shall develop criteria for selection of an eligible entity to receive a grant, including how the deployment of technology will enable the recipient—

(1)

to reduce costs and improve return on investments, including through the enhanced utilization of existing transportation capacity;

(2)

to deliver environmental benefits and reduce energy consumption by alleviating congestion and streamlining traffic flow;

(3)

to measure and improve the operational performance of its transportation network;

(4)

to reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions and increase driver, passenger, and pedestrian safety;

(5)

to collect, disseminate, and utilize real-time traffic, transit, parking, and other transportation-related information to improve mobility, reduce congestion, and provide for more efficient and accessible transportation alternatives;

(6)

to monitor transportation assets to improve infrastructure management, reduce maintenance costs, prioritize investment decisions, and ensure a state of good repair; and

(7)

to deliver economic benefits by reducing delays, improving system performance, and providing for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and services.

(b)

Request for applications

Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall request applications in accordance with section 4 for participation in the Intelligent Technology Initiative.

4.

Grant program

(a)

Grant application

To be considered for a grant under this Act, an eligible entity shall submit an application to the Secretary that includes the following:

(1)

Deployment plan

A plan to deploy and provide for the long-term operation and maintenance of intelligent transportation systems to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and return on investment, such as—

(A)

real-time integrated traffic, transit, and multimodal transportation information;

(B)

advanced traffic, freight, parking, and incident management systems;

(C)

collision avoidance systems;

(D)

advanced technologies to improve transit and commercial vehicle operations;

(E)

synchronized, adaptive, and transit preferential traffic signals;

(F)

advanced infrastructure condition assessment technologies; and

(G)

other technologies to improve system operations, including ITS applications necessary for multimodal systems integration and for achieving performance goals.

(2)

Objectives

Quantifiable system performance improvements, including reducing traffic-related crashes, congestion, and costs, optimizing system efficiency, and improving access to transportation services.

(3)

Results

Quantifiable safety, mobility, and environmental benefit projections including data driven estimates of how the project will improve the region’s transportation system efficiency and reduce traffic congestion.

(4)

Partnerships

A plan for partnering with the private sector, public agencies including multimodal and multi-jurisdictional entities, research institutions, organizations representing transportation and technology leaders, and other transportation stakeholders.

(5)

Leveraging

A plan to leverage and optimize existing local and regional ITS investments.

(6)

Interoperability

A plan to ensure interoperability of deployed technologies with other tolling, traffic management, and intelligent transportation systems.

(b)

Grant selection

(1)

Grant awards

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall award a grant to not more than 6 eligible entities with funds available for up to 5 fiscal years.

(2)

Geographic diversity

In awarding a grant under this section, the Secretary shall ensure, to the extent practicable, that grant recipients represent diverse geographic areas of the United States, including urban, suburban, and rural areas.

5.

Uses of funds

A grant recipient may use funds authorized in this Act to deploy, operate, and maintain ITS and ITS-enabled operational strategies, including—

(1)

advanced traveler information systems;

(2)

advanced transportation management technologies;

(3)

infrastructure maintenance, monitoring, and condition assessment;

(4)

advanced public transportation systems;

(5)

transportation system performance data collection, analysis, and dissemination systems;

(6)

advanced safety systems, including vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications and other collision avoidance technologies;

(7)

integration of intelligent transportation systems with the Smart Grid and other energy distribution and charging systems;

(8)

electronic pricing and tolling systems; and

(9)

advanced mobility and access technologies, such as dynamic ridesharing and information systems to support human services for elderly and disabled Americans.

6.

Reports

(a)

Report to Secretary

Not later than 1 year after an eligible entity receives a grant award under this Act and each year thereafter, each grant recipient shall submit a report to the Secretary that describes—

(1)

deployment and operational cost compared to the benefits and savings from the pilot program and compared to other alternative approaches; and

(2)

how the project has met the original expectation as projected in the deployment plan submitted with the application, including—

(A)

data on how the program has helped reduce traffic crashes, congestion, costs, and other benefits of the deployed systems;

(B)

data on the effect of measuring and improving transportation system performance through the deployment of advanced technologies;

(C)

the effectiveness of providing real-time integrated traffic, transit, and multimodal transportation information to the public to make informed travel decisions; and

(D)

lessons learned and recommendations for future deployment strategies to optimize transportation efficiency and multimodal system performance.

(b)

Report to Congress

Not later than 2 years after grants have been allocated and each year thereafter, the Secretary shall submit a report to Congress that describes the effectiveness of grant recipients in meeting their projected deployment plan, including data on how the program has—

(1)

reduced traffic-related fatalities and injuries;

(2)

reduced traffic congestion and improved travel time reliability;

(3)

reduced transportation-related emissions;

(4)

optimized multimodal system performance;

(5)

improved access to transportation alternatives;

(6)

provided the public with access to real-time integrated traffic, transit, and multimodal transportation information to make informed travel decisions;

(7)

provided cost savings to transportation agencies, businesses, and the traveling public; and

(8)

provided other benefits to transportation users and the general public.

(c)

Additional grants

If the Secretary determines from a grant recipient’s reports that the recipient is not carrying out the requirements of the grant, the Secretary may cease to provide any additional grant funds to the recipient. The Secretary shall have the authority to redistribute remaining funds to select additional eligible entities for a program under this Act.

7.

Authorization of appropriations

(a)

Funding

(1)

In general

There are authorized to be appropriated out of the Highway Trust Fund to carry out this Act—

(A)

$200,000,000 for fiscal year 2015;

(B)

$200,000,000 for fiscal year 2016;

(C)

$200,000,000 for fiscal year 2017;

(D)

$200,000,000 for fiscal year 2018;

(E)

$200,000,000 for fiscal year 2019; and

(F)

$200,000,000 for fiscal year 2020.

(2)

Contract authority

Funds authorized under this subsection shall be available for obligation in the same manner as if the funds were apportioned under chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code, except that such funds shall not be transferable, the obligation limitations shall not apply to such funds, and shall remain available until expended.

(b)

Grant limitation

The Secretary may not award more than 25 percent of the amount appropriated under this Act to a single grant recipient.

(c)

Expenses for grant recipients

A grant recipient under this Act may use not more than 5 percent of the grant award each fiscal year to carry out planning and reporting requirements.

(d)

Expenses for Secretary

Before awarding grant funds under this Act, the Secretary may set aside $3,000,000 each fiscal year for program reporting, evaluation, and administrative costs.