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FTA funds transit climate change adaptation pilot projects


The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced it will provide more than $1 million in research funding for seven pilot projects designed to conduct climate change adaptation assessments.

The projects are intended to “advance the state of practice for adapting transit systems to the impacts of climate change,” FTA officials said in a prepared statement.

The projects will assess the vulnerability of transit agencies to climate-change hazards such as floods and heat waves, they said. In addition, the research funding recipients will develop strategies for their individual agencies, and at least two of the projects will demonstrate the integration of climate impacts within an asset management system, FTA officials said.

The FTA will share the projects’ results with other transit agencies.

The project sponsors and funding amounts are: Georgia Tech, in partnership with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, $175,000; Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, $175,000; Chicago Transit Authority, $159,500; Sound Transit, $105,000; Texas Transportation Institute in partnership with Island Transit and Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, and Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority in Tampa, Fla., $146,200; Bay Area Rapid Transit, $150,000; and ICF Inc. in partnership with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, $144,087.

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