$2.4-M grant awarded to expressway authority

Posted at 3:33 PM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 15:33:00-04

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $2.4 million to the Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority to be used to conduct a "Connected Vehicle Pilot Program" to make transportation in the region safer and greener.

The pilot program would outfit vehicles with technology to communicate with each other about traffic conditions.

Tampa is one of a few areas that are part of the program, with the others being New York City and the state of Wyoming.

"We're bringing transportation into the 21st century, and Florida is going to be at the center of it all," said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who made the announcement about the program on Monday.