Port of LA Congestion Reduction Project Receives $3M Federal Grant

Trucks queuing at a Port of Los Angeles container terminal gate. File photo courtesy POLA.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration on Aug. 10 awarded a $3 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant to the Port of Los Angeles Gateway Project.

The grant is expected to help the port deploy advanced technologies to improve trucking, drayage and terminal operator activities.

Specifically, the Gateway Project will implement cloud-based, artificial intelligence applications to help streamline and schedule the staging of cargo and empty returns, according to the POLA. The application introduces new means to help direct cargo owners, truckers and drayage drivers and reduce congestion at the port.

“ATCMTD grants promote innovations that help expand access to transportation for communities in rural areas and cities alike, improve connectivity, and prepare America’s transportation systems for the future,” Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack explained. “The Port of Los Angeles Gateway Project will use advanced technologies to help relieve port congestion and facilitate freight movement in the region.”

The ATCMTD program funds early deployments of forward-looking technologies that can serve as national models. Federal law continues the ATCMTD from 2022 through 2026 at the same level of funding with a greater focus on rural transportation, transit, paratransit and protecting the environment.

The ATCMTD program so far this year has awarded grants valued at $45.2 million to 10 projects using advanced intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies that are expected to improve mobility and safety, provide multimodal transportation options and support underserved communities.

“With these grants, the Biden-Harris Administration is helping communities deliver modern transportation systems that connect people to where they want to go more affordably, efficiently, and safely,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said. “We’re pleased to support these innovative solutions that will improve driving and public transit for Americans in urban, suburban and rural areas alike.”