The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiated the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Public Safety Program in 2000 to increase transportation safety and mobility through new and dynamic partnerships linking the transportation and public safety communities – including law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency medical service (EMS) providers, emergency managers, and emergency communications providers – at the Federal, State, regional, local, and tribal levels. To achieve these goals, the ITS Public Safety Program has been a collaborative effort among the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Through these partnerships, the program has developed and demonstrated innovative procedures and technologies for more coordinated public safety and transportation operations.
A focal point of these joint efforts was the Emergency Transportation Operations (ETO) Initiative. The ETO Initiative was launched in 2004 to improve the speed and effectiveness of response and management of major incidents. The ETO Initiative concentrated on providing the tools, procedures, and information that can be used to actively manage and, therefore, expedite the safe progress of an evacuation. The collective efforts of the ITS Public Safety Program and the ETO Initiative encompassed the following functional areas:
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Linda D. Dodge
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