TRIP is an ongoing program to identify and implement innovative ideas in transportation projects, processes and products. Innovation ideas should address transportation in areas including but not limited to:
The US Federal Highway Administration has put together the Technology Readiness Level Guidebook for Exploratory Advanced Research. This document will assist you in the TRL Assessment process.
TRLs range from Level 1 (basic research) to Level 9 (implementation). To achieve a specific TRL, the technology must meet all of the requirements within that level and prior levels. Each level indicates a different measure of maturity and contains different requirements to determine the level of technical maturity.
We are primarily looking for ideas that are in the development or implementation stages. In the TRL Scale, that would be levels 6-9.
|6||Prototype demonstrated in relevant environment||
|7||Prototype demonstrated in operational environment||
|8||Technology proven in operational environment||
The TRL Scale is used to measure the development of a technology product, as shown in table 4. After TRL 5 is reached, research enters the development phase. In the 1980s, researchers tested early ETC prototypes on closed courses and public roads (TRB, 2016). As tests continued, the researchers replaced small temporary installations with larger deployments that had more readers and transponders. Limited vehicles (test, government, or commercial vehicles) used the systems during initial pilot phases. The public started using them after research proved them safe and effective.
|9||Technology refined and adopted||
Implementation marks a technology reaching TRL 9. Researchers can use TRL 9 to measure a product’s implementation (table 5). For the case of ETC, early adopters of fully deployed systems included Texas in 1989 (North Texas Tollway Authority, n.d.) and Oklahoma in 1991 (U.S. Department of Transportation, 2016). As the years passed, more states tested and adopted ETC and extended the concept in various ways, including: open road tolling, standardized transponders, and high occupancy toll lanes. As of 2009, FHWA requires all new toll facilities with Federal funding to use ETC. Figure 4 shows ETC system in use at George Washington Bridge.
TRIP is an ongoing program that will have annual solicitations. Please refer to this page for any upcoming submittal details and deadlines.
Submitted ideas will be reviewed and shortlisted by the NDDOT TRIP Review Team. Shortlisted ideas may be invited to present a summary of their idea before the TRIP Review Team, which will provide recommendations for selection to the NDDOT Executive Office. The NDDOT Executive Office will make all final decisions.
TRIP funding is limited to areas where NDDOT funds may be used, as laid out under state law.
For submissions that are roadway related, the Department will attempt to utilize Federal Aid when available and may be limited in applying a specific submission to a roadway that is eligible for Federal Aid.
The Transportation Innovation Program (TRIP) is sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Transportation with funding assistance through the Federal Highway Administration.
Please read the Call for Transportation Innovation Ideas for instructions to submit your ideas.
Submittal #298 - May 2019
Submittal #314 - July 2020
Submittal #327 - July 2021
Submittal #329 & #331 - July 2021
Submittal #330 - July 2021
Submittal #355 - January 2022