Pittsburgh requests DOT communication system grant
The Port of Pittsburgh said Wednesday that it has applied for a $35.21 grant from the U.S. Transportation Department to deploy two communications technologies.
The grant supports a DOT program to implement the technologies at 200 'hot zones' throughout the country's inland waterway system.
The technologies include the Automated Identification System, which the Coast Guard has established at major U.S. seaports, and wireless broadband to accommodate more business and government communication uses.
The Port of Pittsburgh Commission said the application received the backing of the Army Corps of Engineers and American Waterway Operators. The DOT is expected to announce the grant awards between mid-December and mid-February 2010, the port said.