Smart City Grant Program (Support) 

Smart City Grant Program (Support) 

CS/CS/HB 633 (Fischer) and CS/CS/SB 852 (Brandes) create a Florida Smart City Grant Program within the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The purpose of this program is to provide incentives for municipalities and other regions of the state to develop innovative smart mobility solutions to local transportation challenges. The bills require FDOT to issue a request for proposals for the grant awards and submit a quarterly report to the Legislature. Finally, the bills authorize FDOT to award a Florida Smart City Challenge Grant to maximum of three recipients.

CS/CS/SB 852 also requires the Florida Transportation Commission (FTC) to prepare a report for the governor and the Legislature listing all sources of revenue for transportation infrastructure and maintenance projects when the commission determines that electric vehicles make up 2 percent or more of the total number of vehicles registered in the state. However, the FTC may begin reporting before the 2 percent threshold is reached. (Branch)