November 20, 2009

Dear ITS Community,

This is a short update on our upcoming internal USDOT meetings.  Previously, I reported that we were having an ITS Management Council meeting (composed of USDOT modal administration leadership) on November 20.  That meeting will still happen as scheduled; however, we had a slight change of plans.  The November 20th meeting will be for background and general feedback from the Management Council members.  We will have a follow up meeting on December 8th for discussion and, hopefully, concurrence on the future research program.

The reason for this change is simply the volume of information that must be absorbed by new USDOT leadership.  Those of you who are familiar with the ins and outs of the ITS program appreciate the complexities.  It is daunting for those new to ITS.  Two Management Council meetings allow for more complete understanding by the leadership and allow us the opportunity to iron out any remaining issues.  We still expect to provide complete information during TRB.

We will provide a report out after the November 20th meeting and another update following the December 8th meeting. Stay tuned.

Shelley Row
Director, ITS Joint Program Office
Research & Innovative Technology Administration
RITA

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