Transit Bus Automation Strategic Partnerships

Deadline: March 1

The Federal Transit Administration is announcing the availability of up to $500,000 total in Section 5312 funds for Transit Bus Automation Strategic Partnerships. The purpose of the Strategic Partnerships is to leverage or supplement the work organizations are conducting on transit bus automation research and to help disseminate their research findings to the broader transit community. The FTA has tasked the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida to administer these strategic partnerships.

In order to be considered eligible for funding as a Strategic Partner, the agency must have a bus transit automation project that is at least Level 1 (Driver Assistance) according to the guidelines published by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The agency’s transit bus automation project must either be in operation already or will be in operation within six months of when the FTA funding is awarded. The agency must commit to providing a 20 percent local match for the FTA funding that it is requesting.

Applications for funding are due no later than March 1, 2019. More detailed information about the FTA Transit Bus Automation Strategic Partnerships and the application process can be found at

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