Tampa is one of the first cities in the nation to deploy connected vehicle technology on real city streets. In fact, Tampa was one of just three sites in the nation to be selected for the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, which seeks to spur innovation among early adopters of connected vehicle applications. The other two sites are New York City and the Interstate 80 corridor in Wyoming.
The planned four-year effort began in September 2015, when the USDOT awarded the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) a $17 million contract to implement its winning proposal. The project reached another milestone in September 2016, when USDOT authorized THEA and its partners to proceed with the second phase, which includes design, testing and deployment. The third and final phase, expected to begin in mid-2018, will involve the full-scale operation of connected vehicle technology throughout downtown Tampa.