Title

A NEW ERA OF TRANSPORTATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Authors

C Johnson

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1997

Subject Area

infrastructure - vehicle, land use - planning, organisation - management, technology - intelligent transport systems

Keywords

Transportation operations, Transportation management, Technological innovations, RTI, Road transport informatics, Research, Quality of life, Planning, Operations planning, Operations, IVHS, ITS (Intelligent transportation systems), Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, Intelligent vehicle highway systems, Intelligent transportation systems, Infrastructure, Efficiency, Economic efficiency, ATT, Advanced transport telematics, Advanced technology

Abstract

Looking forward to the 21st century, transportation will continue to spur the nation's economy; however, the focus will shift from new construction to managing the existing system efficiently and intermodally so as to enhance the quality of life. The shift began in the early 1990s with the watershed legislation known as the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). To carry out the mission outlined by the ISTEA, the Intelligent Transportation Infrastructure (ITI) is necessary--ISTEA's empowering technology. This article captures the essence of ISTEA and reports on how the ITI will make realization of the ISTEA goals possible. The article addresses the following issues: management, operations, quality of life, intermodalism, operations planning, and research.