USTDA awards contract for ITS mission

Monday, April 25, 2011

The US Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a contract to US consultancy firm HE Pena Jr Transportation Consulting for a definitional mission aimed at using intelligent transport systems (ITS) to improve traffic flow and reduce transport costs in Brazil's largest cities.

USTDA issued a request for proposals at end-March. The contract is worth US$50,000.

The project includes developing an ITS modernization plan for Paraná state capital Curitiba, Goiás state capital Goiânia and Pará state capital Belém. The firm will also define integration and incident monitoring technologies for urban and tunnel applications in São Paulo city.

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Rio Branco's transportation secretariat in the western state of Acre, Macapá municipality in Amapá, and toll road operator EcoRodovias also submitted requests for ITS modernization, according to information on USTDA's website.

The cities involved in the initiative aim to reduce traffic congestion and transportation costs, as well as improve emergency response in highly populated areas.

The contractor must meet with relevant officials to discuss project strategies, identify sponsors, study sources of financing, assess the potential for US exports and foreign competition, and study environmental impacts, among other responsibilities.

HE Pena has until June 9 to submit a report, which will contain information to determine whether USTDA should grant funding, assess any alternative studies or activities and develop terms of reference and budgets.