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Cleveland Receives FTA Grant for Vehicle Safety Technology

The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (GCRTA) is preparing to launch testing early next year on two intelligent transportation systems designed to reduce pedestrian-vehicle collisions, funded with a $2.7 million grant from FTA in cooperation with ­Battelle Memorial Institute.

The two programs are the Enhanced Transit Safety Retrofit Package (E-TRIP) and the Transit Bus Stop Pedestrian Warning (TSPW). E-TRIP uses vehicle-to-vehicle technology, which warns buses when another vehicle is driving up along its left side and turning right in front of it, and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology, which helps prevent collisions with pedestrians in or near intersections and crosswalks. TSPW alerts pedestrians when a bus is approaching or exiting a bus stop and notifies bus operators of pedestrians at a transit stop.

GCRTA will select approximately 80-100 buses and 6-10 intersections for testing.

“Bringing connected vehicle technology to public transit to protect pedestrians is becoming increasingly important,” said GCRTA Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Joe Calabrese. “GCRTA has been at the forefront of enhanced vehicle safety technology since it created and implemented the ‘Talking Bus’ technology several years ago. The ‘Talking Bus’ has become the industry standard for customer and pedestrian safety nationwide.”

He continued, “Now GCRTA is taking the next critical step in testing and using enhanced safety technology that will benefit both our customers and operators. We look forward to launching this initiative and to partner with ­Battelle on this important pilot program. Our success will likely be shared among other transit systems nationwide.”
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