Transportation Technology Innovation and Demonstration Program (TTID)

This report presents the results of the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General's (OIG's) audit of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) management and oversight of the $54 million awarded under the Transportation Technology Innovation Demonstration Program (TTID). TTID was conceived as a partnership between the public and private sectors. The private partner would install and operate technology that collected traffic data from public roadways in exchange for the exclusive right to generate revenue from the data, such as by marketing on-air traffic reports. If revenue reached a certain threshold, the private partner would share the proceeds with the public partner. The private partner would also give the data to the public partner to manage traffic congestion—such as locating and responding to traffic crashes and planning infrastructure projects for congested road segments. Congestion costs Americans $78 billion annually, including 4.2 billion hours of excess travel time and 2.9 billion gallons of extra fuel. To implement TTID, FHWA paid the private partner (referred to in this report as the service provider) $2 million per metropolitan area to provide traffic data services through installation and operation of sensors and data transmission equipment in public rights-of-way. The service provider then negotiated agreements with metropolitan areas—addressing terms such as where, when, and how the service provider would install its equipment and how the partners would calculate the service provider’s revenue sharing and use the collected traffic data. OIG reviewed FHWA’s management of TTID, including the process to select private partners after 2005 amendments to the authorizing statute. In discussions with staff, OIG agreed to assess whether FHWA (1) achieved statutory goals and optimized TTID benefits for the public partners and (2) complied with 2005 statutory provisions for a competitive private partner selection process. Briefly, TTID addressed statutory goals, but FHWA did not optimize the program’s benefits for the public partners. Regarding competition for TTID service provision, FHWA took action to comply with the 2005 statutory provisions calling for a competitive private partner selection process. However, FHWA had limited TTID funds remaining and experienced delays during the competitive solicitation process. Congress rescinded the remaining money before FHWA completed the competition.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 23p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01148572
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MH-2010-030
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 7 2010 3:31PM