FTA Announces Grants to Support Automated Technology Research that Improves Bus Safety

Published on: June 11, 2023

FTA today announced $11.6 million to support six transit bus automation research projects that will improve safety, efficiency, and accessibility on the road and in bus maintenance yards. Transit agencies and entities will demonstrate technologies that reduce bus collisions, improve facility operations, and improve the accessibility and efficiency of service.

Many of the projects include workforce analysis and training activities to address how automation may impact existing jobs and help operators and maintenance workers develop new skills.

The grants support FTA’s Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR) Plan, which explores the use of automation technologies in bus systems to improve safety, increase efficiency, and enhance the rider experience. They will also promote safety, which is the top priority for the U.S. Department of Transportation, which has adopted a holistic safe systems approach as part of the National Roadway Safety Strategy launched last year. The strategy aims to ultimately get to zero deaths on America’s roads.


Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for Transit Buses Demonstration and Automated Transit Bus Maintenance and Yard Operations Demonstration Program

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