Deployment of 8,500 connected vehicles with roadside devices installed at 310 intersections and 44 strategic sites and major thoroughfares in New York City was estimated to cost $23.5 million.

High level summary of the anticipated costs for development and deployment of the New York City Connected Vehicle Pilot project.

Summary Information

In September of 2015, USDOT selected New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) as the recipients of a combined $42 million in federal funding to pilot next-generation infrastructure and vehicle technology under the Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program. The sites will conduct the pilots in three phases—Phase 1: Concept Development, Phase 2: Design/Build/Test, and Phase 3: Operations (with the operational period expected to last a minimum of 18 months).

The NYCDOT leads the New York City Pilot, which aims to improve the safety of travelers and pedestrians in the city through the deployment of V2V and V2I connected vehicle technologies. This objective directly aligns with the city’s Vision Zero initiative, which seeks to reduce crashes and pedestrian fatalities and increase the safety of travelers in all modes of transportation. Approximately 310 intersections in Midtown Manhattan and central Brooklyn will be instrumented with roadside devices to communicate with up to 8,500 vehicles (taxis, buses, commercial fleet delivery trucks, and city-owned vehicles) equipped with after-market safety devices. These devices will monitor communications with other connected vehicles and infrastructure and provide alerts to vehicle. In addition, NYCDOT will deploy approximately 8 roadside devices along the higher-speed FDR Drive to address challenges such as short-radius curves, a weight limit and a minimum bridge clearance and 36 roadside devices at other strategic locations throughout the City to support system management functions.

Table 1 below provides a high level summary of the anticipated costs for Phase 2 and 3 of the NYCDOT pilot project by phase.

Table 1: High Level Costs by Phase

Phase 2
Phase 2
Phase 3
Phase 3
Direct Labor
Indirect Labor Costs
Other Direct Costs
Subcontractor Costs
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With an anticipated 8,500 equipped vehicles, this represents a cost of approximately $2,764 per vehicle.

In order to provide a bit more insight into the types of costs anticipated for this project, these costs are broken into broad categories in Table 2.
The top four categories based on anticipated cost volume are:
    1. Labor costs associated with the design, planning, management, procurement, and general oversight for the project. This includes the labor expense for the three key resources, labor expense related to Project Management and labor associated with the project deliverables (excluding time specifically spent on performance measurements, outreach, and training deliverables).
    2. Cost for procuring the in-vehicle and roadside devices.
    3. Labor and direct costs related to the installation, integration and maintenance of the in vehicle devices, roadside devices and supporting infrastructure.
    4. Equipment and labor focused on meeting the Performance Measurement reporting requirements and deliverables.
Table 2. High Level Costs by Expense Category
Expense CategoryExpense Category
Design/Planning/PM/Procurement/Oversight $5,826,216
In Vehicle and Roadside Devices$6,276,000
Performance Measurement Labor and Hardware$2,690,003
Software Development and Support$1,510,065
Travel and ODC$389,900
Infrastructure Adaptions$692,262

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Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program Phase 1 Comprehensive Deployment Plan – New York City

Author: Talas, Mohomad (NYCDOT); Margaret Bradley (TransCore); Robert Rausch (TransCore); David Benevelli (TransCore); Samuel Sim (TransCore); Keir Opie (Cambridge Systematics); Chris Stanley (Battelle); and William Whyte (Security Innovation)

Published By: USDOT Federal Highway Administration

Other Reference Number: FHWA-JPO-16-309


System Cost

Total System Cost for Design/Build/Test/Operation: $23.5M


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Cost ID: 2017-00385