Intelligent Transportation Systems


The Intelligent Transportation Peer-to-Peer Program is a Federal Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration, and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Technical Assistance Program that provides public sector transportation stakeholders with a convenient method to tap into the growing knowledge base of ITS experience and receive short-term assistance.


Peer-to-Peer Success Stories

Customer Satisfaction Survey Results – [PDF, 76KB]


Over 120 ITS professionals lend their technical expertise to the Peer-to-Peer Program. The USDOT carefully selects each participant based on his/her qualifications, background, and experience. Most of the program's Peers are public sector transportation professionals who are active in the planning, design, procurement and implementation of ITS. Additional private sector Peers supplement the vast technical expertise of the public sector Peers to ensure the program offers the most complete coverage of ITS technical issues.

The Peers bring to the program a breadth of experience in the deployment of the following intelligent transportation infrastructure elements:

Metropolitan Elements Rural Elements Commercial Vehicle Operations Elements
  • Regional Multi-modal Traveler Information Centers
  • Traffic Signal Control Systems
  • Freeway Management Systems
  • Transit Management Systems
  • Incident Management Systems
  • Electronic Fare Payment Systems
  • Electronic Toll Collection Systems
  • Highway-Rail Crossing Protection
  • Emergency Management Services
  • Other Related Issues
  • Traveler Safety and Security
  • Emergency Services
  • Tourism and Travel Information Services
  • Public Traveler Services / Public Mobility Services
  • Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance
  • Fleet Operating and Maintenance
  • Safety Information Exchange
  • Credentials Administration
  • Electronic Screening
  • In-Vehicle Technology for Heavy Vehicles

For each of the metropolitan, rural, and commercial vehicle operations infrastructure elements above, the Peer-to-Peer Program offers assistance in the following technical areas:

Planning & Programming
Institutional Issues
ITS Standards
System Design
National ITS Architecture
System Architecture
Scoping Documents

Resource Materials
Financial Issues
Systems Integration

Software Systems
Other Related Topics

The Peer-to-Peer program continuously updates itself to incorporate new technical areas and to increase the accessibility to Peers. Nominations for additional Peers are accepted on an ongoing basis. Just call the Peer-to-Peer program to receive information on nominating yourself or another transportation professional.


Any public agency or group that is involved in planning, evaluating, making decisions, or operating an ITS system or its components can access the Peer-to-Peer Program. The program is designed to provide short-term assistance to address specific, technical issues. The program staff will listen to the requestor's issues and suggest an approach to provide the assistance. Some issues may be resolved directly by the program staff; other specific, technical issues may be addressed through assistance from a Peer.

Requestors across the nation have included:

  • state DOT headquarters and district offices;
  • transit authorities;
  • turnpike and tollway authorities;
  • metropolitan planning organizations;
  • city and county transportation and public works offices;
  • and transportation management agencies.

The Peer-to-Peer Program can be contacted via:

Terry Regan, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center






The ITS Peer-to-Peer Program is administered on behalf of the ITS Joint Program Office by the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.  The ITS Joint Program Office and the Volpe Center are offices within the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).


Peers and the program's national office staff are required to hold all information confidential within the program. Public release of information (for example for a newsletter synopsis) is approved in advance by the agencies and Peers involved.


The Peer-to-Peer Program strives to cover all costs associated with the assistance efforts, within the limits of program's guidelines and USDOT funding. Recipients of program services are asked to economize whenever possible to help the program stretch its resources so it can assist as many agencies as possible.

The Peer-to-Peer Program will pay for travel, accommodations, meals, incidental expenses, and similar costs associated with on-site and off-site assistance. Requestors may be asked to assist in securing overnight accommodations, waive any conference registration fees, provide meeting rooms, and similar assistance typical for agencies receiving a visitor. Such cooperation enables the program's resources to be maximized.