AECOM, Houston METRO continue to advance automated, zero emissions transit technology with $1.5 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration
– AECOM, the world’s premier infrastructure consulting firm, has partnered with Houston METRO, the region’s largest public transit provider, to accelerate deployment of automated technology in transit vehicles.
– Funded through a $1.5m grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the team will pilot one of the nation’s first automated electric shuttle buses that will serve Texas Southern University, University of Houston, and Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood.
– The project, which is expected to be fully operational in spring 2022, was one of only 25 initiatives across the U.S. to receive FTA funding.
– AECOM will provide management, planning, and engineering services for the project. METRO is also a founding member of AECOM’s Automated Bus Consortium, which investigates the feasibility of implementing pilot automated bus projects across the U.S.
– UpCodes, a startup that develops building-code compliance tools, announced today it has raised $3.36 million in pre-Series A funding.
– This brings its total raised so far to $4.15 million.
– The new funding was led by Berlin-based Point Nine Capital, which focuses on SaaS and online marketplaces.
– The company also recently won a legal victory when United States District Court Judge Victor Marrero granted UpCodes its motion to dismiss a false advertising and unfair competition lawsuit filed against it by the International Code Council (ICC).
– An earlier copyright lawsuit filed by the ICC against UpCodes is still ongoing, but UpCodes won a major decision in the case last year when Judge Marrero ruled that its posting of building codes is covered by public domain and fair use.