|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2013
Steve Lewis | (703) 875-4357
USTDA AWARDS GRANT TO DEVELOP INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS IN BRAZIL
|Grant supports the improvement of transportation efficiency and safety in São Paulo|
SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant Wednesday to the Traffic Engineering Company of São Paulo (Companhia de Engenharia e Trafego, CET- São Paulo) in support of the development and implementation of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) for the Tiete and Pinheiros corridors.
The $420,000 grant funds technical assistance that will aid CET in creating the ITS implementation plan as well as provide recommendations and specifications for the corridors. Samantha Carl-Yoder, Deputy Consul General to São Paulo, and Jilmar Augustinho, CET's President and São Paulo City Transportation Secretary, signed the grant at the CET office in São Paulo.
"USTDA is pleased to work with CET- São Paulo on the integration of ITS technologies in Brazil," said Nathan Younge, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. "The planning and implementation of ITS solutions will enable U.S. private sector expertise to assist São Paulo in meeting its development priorities."
The city of São Paulo has the largest transportation system in Brazil, with nearly 12,000 kilometers of municipal roads, and is regarded as one of the most traffic-congested cities in the world. CET- São Paulo has identified the Tiete and Pinheiros corridors as the highest priorities for the deployment of an integrated ITS system that seeks to improve traffic flow while increasing traffic safety.
The opportunity to conduct the USTDA-funded technical assistance will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website. A link to the FBO announcement will be posted to USTDA's website at www.ustda.gov. Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcement.
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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.
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