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SJ Transportation Authority and Rowan U Receive $8.74 Million Grant

(HAMMONTON, NJ) - The South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) and Rowan University have announced the award of an $8.74 million Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to research cellular vehicle-to-everything technology utilizing the Atlantic City Expressway.


“Rowan University was aware of our All-Electronic Tolling (AET) project which is anticipated to begin construction in 2023,” said Stephen F. Dougherty, SJTA Executive Director. “We are pleased this collaboration will directly benefit from the overhead gantry systems which will replace the toll booths on the Atlantic City Expressway proper as well as the entrance and exit ramps,” he added.


The $8.74 million grant will transform the existing Atlantic City Expressway into a smart and connected corridor ready to serve transportation users and surrounding communities safely and efficiently. The primary focus will be to deploy and evaluate heterogeneous cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology to support future connected and automated vehicles. An infrastructure in-loop simulation-enabled platform (a digital twin of the Atlantic City Expressway), is also proposed to accelerate the evaluation and deployment of future V2X technologies. The grant will support the research and pilot project with the hopes that the Expressway will ultimately benefit from the cutting-edge technology in the long term. 


“When the U.S. Department of Transportation requested grant proposals, the South Jersey Transportation Authority already had plans and funding in place to introduce all-electronic tolling on the Atlantic City Expressway,” said Dr. Yusuf Mehta, director of Rowan University’s Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATES). “We reached out to the SJTA and suggested we work together to request additional federal funding to not only improve the user experience with cashless tolling, but also transform the Expressway into a real-world testbed for the future development and evaluation of new transportation technologies.”


“The SJTA is proud to support Rowan’s educational and research efforts and I am confident their project will help advance our mission to convert the Atlantic City Expressway into a smart and connected corridor ready to serve the current and future needs of our travelers,” said Dougherty.


Rowan University President Ali A. Houshmand added, “Rowan University is developing a reputation for its ability to collaborate with government agencies, private industry and other universities to conduct research and make real-world improvements that benefit the public. Such research requires significant investment and I’m grateful to Sen. Bob Menendez for advocating for critically needed infrastructure and transportation improvements in our region.”