File photo courtesy of the Port of Los Angeles.

The Port of Los Angeles received $3 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for a gateway project to reduce congestion, the department announced today.

The funding will help the port use advanced technologies to improve freight movement and trucking, drayage and terminal operator activities.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement that the gateway project will use artificial intelligence to streamline cargo staging and returns.

“We’re pleased to support these innovative solutions that will improve driving and public transit for Americans in urban, suburban and rural areas alike,” Buttigieg said.

The federal grant program, through the Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment, has awarded $45.2 million to 10 projects this year that use such advanced technologies to improve mobility.

“ATCMTD grants promote innovations that help expand access to transportation for communities in rural areas and cities alike, improve connectivity, and prepare America’s transportation systems for the future,” said Stephanie Pollack, acting federal highway administrator.

Also Wednesday, the Port of Los Angeles Maritime Support Facility Access/Terminal Island Rail System Project received $20 million for the construction of a four-lane rail roadway grade separation located on Terminal Island at the center of the Ports of Los Angeles-Long Beach complex through separate grants from a U.S. Department of Transportation program.

“This grant will accelerate our digitized data systems to further improve fluidity at the nation’s busiest container port,” Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka said in an email to the Business Journal. “With our Port Optimizer, the first-of-its kind information portal, we’ve proven that we can streamline maritime shipping data for cargo owners and supply chain stakeholders through secure, channeled access.”

Reporter Brandon Richardson contributed to this report.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include comment from the Port of LA.