Innovative Deployments to Enhance Arterials (IDEA)

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A person riding their bike in a bicycle lane in San Francisco with a sign indicating a "Green Wave" of traffic lights set for 13 MPH.
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Joey Kotfica

New technologies in transportation systems are coming down the road.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)’s Innovative Deployments to Enhance Arterials (IDEA) is a technical assistance grant program that has been helping cities, counties and transit agencies improve the signal timing of major arterial roadways and increase readiness for connected and automated vehicles. 

MTC’s IDEA program is a technical assistance grant program to help cities, counties and transit agencies deploy advanced technologies to enhance mobility, sustainability and safety along major arterial roadways. 

The IDEA grant program is being used to fund:

  • Traffic signal system improvements
  • Bicycle and pedestrian improvements
  • Transit improvements
  • Other projects

Funding Innovative Technologies

The IDEA grant program used $13 million in federal funds to help cities, counties and transit agencies improve the operation of major arterial roadways and to make these streets more ready for connected and automated vehicle technologies.

The IDEA program's main goals are to:

  • Speed travel times and improve travel-time reliability on major arterials
  • Improve safety for drivers, transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Reduce vehicle emissions and fuel consumption
  • Advance public agencies' proficiency in the use of advanced technologies for arterial operations

Read the complete IDEA program guidelines.

Staff Contact

Robert Rich, Design & Project Delivery
Phone: (415) 778-6621
Email: rrich@bayareametro.gov

IDEA Projects

In February 2018 MTC awarded grants for 16 projects. See the list of approved IDEA Projects.

Past Regional IDEA Workshops

MTC hosted workshops to provide prospective applicants with an overview of the IDEA Challenge Grant Program and to answer questions. These workshops included: