WASHINGTON (WVEC) -- The Federal Highway Administration awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Virginia Port Authority for a state-of-the-art truck reservation system.

The Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Development grant will help save time for freight shippers.

“Technology is the future of U.S. transportation,” said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson said on Wednesday. “With innovation such as this, we are making it easier for state and local officials to address the growing congestion problems of our nation’s highway system.”

Virginia will use the funds for a truck reservation system that builds on the successes the Port of New York/ New Jersey system for access to container terminals. This will reduce delay for truck drivers entering the terminals and create an efficient and reliable process for moving containers in and out of the port.

In June, 26 lanes were opened on the Norfolk International Terminals at the North Gate, which was a part of a $42 million project expected to increase productivity.

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The $1.5 million federal grant Virginia received was apart of a $54 million grant divided between 10 states to fund advanced technologies that will improve mobility and safety for drivers and enhance the performance of the nation's highway system.

The federally funded programs range from advanced real-time travelers information for drivers, public transit, vehicle to infrastructure communications and congestion-revealing traffic management systems.

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