Five-year ITS program plan
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    Five-year intelligent transportation systems program plan
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    On August 9, 2005, Congress passed the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The legislation specifically continued the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program, recognizing the critical role ITS plays in addressing the transportation problems facing our nation. Section 5301 of SAFETEA-LU directed the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation "the Department") to develop a five-year national ITS program plan. This Five-Year ITS Program Plan ("Program Plan") not only fulfills the requirements of the legislation but also provides Congress with a clear and comprehensive description of the ITS program and a plan for investment in ITS over the next five years. Efforts described in the Program Plan are designed to achieve the legislative goals and purposes described in SAFETEA-LU and to directly support the goals of the Department. The efficiency and safety of the surface transportation system is critical to the economic and societal strength of the Nation. ITS improves transportation efficiency and safety, and thus quality of life, in communities across the country every day. Under SAFETEA-LU, the Department leverages this success with a renewed commitment to integrating intelligent infrastructure and intelligent vehicles, supported by a renewed focus on higher-risk research in partnership with the private sector. This Five-Year ITS Program Plan documents the program's goals, organization, and changes over time. It describes current activities and investments planned for the next five years. The last Program Plan was delivered to Congress in 2000. This plan updates Congress on current achievements. It will be revised every two years. This Program Plan is both a "snapshot" of the present program and a roadmap for the near-term future. Significant changes in direction are anticipated for the ITS program over the next five years as greater emphasis is given to projects and research initiatives that address the goals of the Secretary's Congestion Initiative, announced in May 2006. ITS technology can play an important role in facilitating congestion pricing, speeding traffic flows on arterials, and enhancing the value of transit as a congestion-reducing strategy, and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) intends to increase its exploitation of these technological opportunities in the coming five years.
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