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Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Initiative - Utah Connected: Volume 1: Technical Application

Letter of Support

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State of Utah


Lieutenant Governor


Executive Director

Deputy Director

June 12, 2017

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Operations
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

Attn: David Harris

Dear Mr. Harris:

SUBJECT: Proposal in response to Notice of Funding Opportunity Number 693JJ317NF0001

The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) offers the attached proposal, Utah Connected, in response to Solicitation 693JJ3 l 7NF0001, "Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment Initiative." UDOT is dedicated to innovation and the deployment of new technologies to benefit the travelers in and through the state of Utah. We are equally dedicated to leveraging significant investment made in our Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) deployments, and we believe that the projects we propose will help us achieve our agency's vision to "Keep Utah Moving" by enhancing mobility, increasing safety (towards UDOT's goal of Zero Crashes, Injuries and Fatalities), and optimizing the value of our infrastructure investment.

Utah is currently ranked as the fastest growing state in the nation1, with population increasing rapidly in both the urban and rural areas. The population growth in our state will be accompanied by challenges in maintaining mobility, safety, and access to real-time information, which obligates us to keep abreast of advances in technology and deployment, best practices and lessons learned nationwide.

For over twenty years UDOT has been known as an innovator in transportation technology, with Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measurements (ATSPM), public-private fiber optics deployments, diverging diamond and continuous flow interchanges, accelerated bridge construction, design-build contracting, and a willing contributor to the transportation community.

We believe that Utah offers unique characteristics, extensive ITS infrastructure, and connected vehicle experience that can be leveraged to support a successful expansion of our advanced transportation and congestion management efforts. These include a statewide fiber network (approximately 2,200 miles of UDOT-owned or shared fiber) to facilitate backhaul; a centrally controlled traffic signal system that connects 89 percent of Utah's 1990 statewide traffic signals (including state-owned and municipal-owned signals); and an extensive, integrated, award-winning transit system in the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. In addition, we are in the final stages of deploying dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) equipment and implementing a transit priority connected vehicle application in the Salt Lake City metro area. State-wide probe data from a third party, in the final stages of procurement as of this submission, will contribute to the information toolbox supporting all proposed projects.

We are proposing and are poised to successfully deliver several projects under three general categories: Rural Foundational Technology, Connected Vehicles Realized, and Data and Information Sharing. We feel that the distribution of projects within those categories will serve to address needs of both rural and urban populations, using a variety of methods to achieve success.



Shane M. Marshall, P.E.
Deputy Director


Transportation Commission • Telephone (801) 965-4103 • Facsimile (801) 965-4338 •
Calvin Rampton Complex • 4501 South 2700 West, Mailing Address P.O. Box 141255 • Salt Lake City, UT 84114-1255

1 Utah Economic Outlook, Governor's Office of Management and Budget [ Return to Note 1 ]

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