Title

ACCELERATING ITS DEPLOYMENT: A REPORT FROM THE U.S. DOT

Authors

C Johnson

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1995

Subject Area

infrastructure - vehicle, planning - integration, planning - standards, economics - finance, technology - intelligent transport systems

Keywords

Transportation industry, Transportation, Transport, Training, Systems integration, Standards, RTI, Road transport informatics, Procurement, Personnel training, Needs assessment, National government, Manpower utilization, IVHS, ITS (Intelligent transportation systems), Intelligent vehicle highway systems, Intelligent transportation systems, Integrated systems, Integrated control systems, Funding, Financing, Finance, Federal government, Deployment, Costs, Components, ATT, Advanced transport telematics

Abstract

Intelligent transportation systems (ITSs) are a reality for many metropolitan areas. ITS applications can be seen in integrated traffic control systems, incident response systems, electronic toll collection, as well as others. This article reports the unlikelihood of ITS deployment as the procurement of a brand new system, but rather separate ITS purchases as upgrades, expansions, or replacements. The goal, then, becomes "smart" buying or buying components of an integrated system that will become the enabling platform for later ITS purchases. Seven steps are given for local transportation professionals to determine needs and set priorities. Steps for the federal government--funding, architecture, standards, training, and model deployment--are described as well.