USDOT building out data tools for traffic safety

The U.S. Transportation Department (DOT) is looking to partner with state, local and tribal governments on developing data analysis tools to improve roadway safety.

In a Notice of Funding Opportunity published Nov. 14, the agency asked government agencies and related organizations such as metropolitan planning organizations to apply for grants to “develop, refine and implement safety tools that address a specific roadway safety problem.” Up to $3 million in funds are available through the program, and DOT expects each grantee to receive $250,000 to $300,000.

“This is part of the department’s ongoing effort to utilize predictive data analytics to identify and address systemic factors contributing to crashes and improve roadway safety in communities across America,” DOT Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement.