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Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Improving surface transportation system efficiency and safety.

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are electronics, communications, or information processing systems or services used to improve the efficiency and safety of the surface transportation system.


ITS design consists of developing the approved project concepts and selecting contractors to prepare plans, specs and special provisions that satisfy system requirements using newly developed or innovative components.


ITS construction consists of installing planned system components in the laboratory or field depending on the stage of innovation the system is testing.


Operate and Maintain

ITS operations and maintenance consists of the actual testing of the specified system consists of providing trouble shooting and repair services to the system during the operational phase.



ITS evaluation consists of measuring the operational goals and system performance goals against the design thresholds and requirements. In most cases the equipment will be removed during this phase.