DART secures PROTECT grant to plan climate plan, test flooding software tool

DART secures PROTECT grant to plan climate plan, test flooding software tool Image credit: DART

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will receive $950,000 to develop a comprehensive resilience plan to assess the vulnerabilities of the transportation network and prioritize strategies to make necessary improvements. 

The project includes a two-year license to test a new flooding software tool that uses historical rainwater and flood information to identify flood-prone areas, develop better evacuation routes, and pinpoint areas where stormwater drainage can be improved.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has awarded $829.6 million under the FY2022 & 2023 Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-saving Transportation (PROTECT) Discretionary Grant Program awarded to 80 recipients located across 37 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and to seven Tribal projects.

The grants are of four types - Planning, Resilience Improvement, Community Resilience and Evacuation Routes and At-risk Coastal Infrastructure. DART is among the 26 projects that will receive approximately $45 million for resilience-improvement plans, resilience planning, predesign and design activities, capacity-building activities, as well as evacuation planning and preparation initiatives.

Source: DART