Ken Leonard, Director
ITS Joint Program Office
The Intelligent Transportations Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)
Accelerate the use of ITS to transform the way society moves.
Lead collaborative and innovative research, development, and implementation of ITS to improve the safety and mobility of people and goods.
Planning for the Future of ITS
The ITS Joint Program Office’s 2020-2025 ITS Strategic Plan
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s ITS research focuses on several high-priority areas including Emerging and Enabling Technologies, Data Access and Exchanges, ITS Cybersecurity Research, Automation, Complete Trip – ITS4US, and Accelerating ITS Deployment. The ITS Strategic Plan includes in-depth discussion of the ITS Program’s strategic goals, these research areas, and four technology transfer programs.
Learn more in the 2020-2025 ITS Strategic Plan.
- Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communications for Safety
- Truck V2V Research
- Transit V2V Research
- Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot
- Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) Communications for Safety
- Truck V2I Research/Smart Roadside
- Transit V2I Research
- Connected Vehicle Safety for Rail
- Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P) Communications for Safety
- Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment (AACVTE)
- Road Weather
- Connected Vehicle Technology
- CV Pilots Deployment Project
- Automated Vehicle
- ITS Cross-Cutting Support
- Success Stories
- Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) Core and Expanded Deployment Program
- Congestion Initiative
- Cooperative Intersection Collision Avoidance Systems (CICAS)
- Electronic Freight Management
- Emergency Transportation Operations (ETO)
- Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems (IVBSS)
- Intelligent and Efficient Border Crossings
- Mobility Services for All Americans (MSAA)
- Next-Generation 9-1-1
- Rural Safety Initiative
- Vehicle Infrastructure Integration
The Transportation Problem
Congestion on our nation's transportation network poses a major threat to economic prosperity and our citizens' quality of life. In 2007, Americans lost an estimated 4.2 billion hours and 2.8 billion gallons of fuel as a result of traffic congestion alone, at a cost of $87.2 billion in wasted fuel and lost productivity.
A variable speed limit sign on I-4 in Orlando, Florida showing a speed limit of 55 mph.
The ITS Opportunity
Advancements in ITS have greatly improved the strategy and technological capabilities related to congestion mitigation and avoidance. While the tolling, transit, telecommuting and ITS have served for years in many of America's metropolitan areas, the primary purpose of the Congestion Initiative is to demonstrate the effectiveness of deploying these strategies in combination, not isolation. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) launched the National Strategy to Reduce Congestion on America's Transportation Network - known as the "Congestion Initiative." This Departmental endeavor serves as a blueprint for federal, state, and local officials to address needs resulting from congestion in their localities. Two elements of the Congestion Initiative are the Urban Partnership Agreements (UPA) program and follow-on Congestion Reduction Demonstration (CRD).A dynamic message above a highway in Minnesota listing dynamic pricing for high occupancy tolls (HOT) lanes. The rate to route 100 is shown at $0.25 and the rate to Route 94 is shown at $0.25. Car pools, buses, and motorcycles are free.
From 2007 to 2008, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) awarded grants to several metropolitan areas (Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis/St. Paul, San Francisco, and Seattle) for implementation of congestion reduction strategies under the Urban Partnership Agreements and Congestion Reduction Demonstration programs.
Information about the Congestion Initiative is managed by the Federal Highway Administration on the Urban Partnership Agreement and Congestion Reduction Demonstration Programs website.
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