WHAT ITS HAS TO OFFER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) have often been criticized as futuristic technology that offers little benefit toward solving transportation problems at the local level and in the short-term. Even ITS technology that offers near-term benefits, such as ramp metering systems, is often implemented under the purview of state government, who typically receives the credit in the public's eye for the safety and mobility gains achieved. However, such criticisms of ITS are misplaced. There are several ITS technologies in use today that are helping local governments move traffic more efficiently, improve the services offered to their citizens, save money, and save lives. This article provides three examples of how the "rocket science" of ITS technology is helping local governments meet their needs right here, right now. The examples include incident management systems, technology enhancements for emergency vehicles [automatic vehicle location (AVL) and emergency vehicle preemption], and transit management systems (AVL, computer aided dispatching, and geographic information systems).
- This paper appears on the CD-ROM, Transportation Operations: Moving into the 21st Century, ITE CD-008.
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)Washington, DC United States
- POLK, A E
- Transportation Operations: Moving into the 21st Century
- Location: Irvine, California
- Date: 2000-4-2 to 2000-4-5
- Publication Date: 2000
- Pagination: 4p
- TRT Terms: Automatic vehicle location; Dispatching; Emergency vehicles; Geographic information systems; Incident management; Intelligent transportation systems; Local government; Public transit; Traffic signal preemption
- Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Planning and Forecasting; Public Transportation; I72: Traffic and Transport Planning;
- Accession Number: 00791593
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Apr 24 2000 12:00AM