Although connected vehicle research is a central part of the ITS Program, additional ITS research will be conducted that reinforces the overall vision of ITS. Specifically, a set of mode-specific research programs are expected to further the Department's goal of leveraging technology to maximize safety, mobility, and environmental performance. The Short Term Intermodal ITS research programs include:
Active Traffic Management technologies are the market-ready technologies and innovative operational approaches for managing traffic congestion within the existing infrastructure. The vision for Active Traffic Management research is to allow transportation agencies to increase traffic flow, improve travel time reliability, and optimize available capacity throughout the transportation network.
Smart Roadside is the development of roadside infrastructure for commercial vehicle operations that employs technologies for information sharing. The vision for Smart Roadside research is to demonstrate, evaluate, and deploy interoperable technology and improved data sharing to improve safety, security, operational efficiency, and mobility on the Nation's freight transportation system.
Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) Core and Expanded Program is a collection of information systems and communications networks that are owned and operated by governments, motor carriers, and other stakeholders that support commercial vehicle operations (CVO). The vision for this program is to implement core CVISN and Expanded CVISN to improve the safety and productivity of motor carriers and their drivers and reduce regulatory and administrative costs for public- and private-sector stakeholders through improved data sharing, electronic credentialing, and targeted automated screenings and Research Plan enforcement of high-risk carriers at the roadside.
International Border Program encompasses ITS applications that use variable toll pricing, advanced traveler information systems, electronic screening, and other technologies to improve safety and mobility, reduce emissions, and improve security at our Nation's borders. The vision for the research on Intelligent and Efficient Border Crossings is to enable the implementation of innovative ITS solutions for a bi-national border system that ultimately improve safety and mobility, reduce emissions, and facilitate trade and travel without compromising the vital mission of securing America's borders.
Multi-Modal Integrated Payment Systems are integrated, interoperable electronic fare payment systems that can be utilized by all modes at all times. The vision for the Multi-Modal Integrated Payment Systems research is to deliver to travelers the ease of use and convenience that comes from one payment system that can be used across modes. Transportation agencies will benefit from simplified transactions, streamlined revenue collection, improved efficiency, and lower transaction costs.
ITS Maritime Applications are transportation technologies applied within intermodal freight transfers between port, marine highway, truck, and rail. More than 90 percent of the Nation's imported and exported goods move by water and over one billion tons of domestic freight travels annually on America's Marine Highways. The vision for the ITS Maritime Applications research is to investigate the range of ITS applications that can provide greater operational efficiencies within the maritime environment.
Weather Responsive Traffic Management (WRTM) offers innovative opportunities for traffic operators to improve how they respond to and manage weather events through the use of advisory, control, and treatment strategies. The WRTM research includes improving traffic analysis, modeling, and prediction of traffic flow under all types of weather conditions; integrating high-quality, timely, and relevant weather information with existing traffic information into the transportation management centers; developing guidelines for road weather information communication and presentation that meet the needs of the traveling public for different weather conditions and travel scenarios; and creating evaluation guidance for transportation agencies to assess that the benefits outweigh the costs for implementing a particular strategy.