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Production of this document was sponsored by the ITS America ARTS committee as an outreach tool to reach traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in the area of rural transportation systems. "State of the ARTS" is a condensed summation of the tools currently (or soon to be) deployed in North America that address the needs of rural communities. The purpose of this document is to show the reader what ITS can do, demonstrate how different communities use ITS tools to solve problems, and demonstrate how creative thinking was used to overcome such issues as limited infrastructure, limited funding and limited resources. 2001

This study builds upon prior work, performed by the Volpe Center and other agencies, for the Federal Transit Administration under the APTS Program. Available studies and surveys of APTS technology applications were reviewed to identify the major deployments and benefits derived. Based on these reviews, this study quantified major benefits derived from current applications of APTS technologies and projected APTS benefits to a national level based on forecasts and reasonable assumptions on the future applications of APTS technologies. 2000

The information contained in this report was collected by personnel at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Volpe Center) towards the end of 1998. The data were obtained through contacts with one or more persons at each agency. The data contained in tables are only as accurate as the information provided, primarily verbally, by the agency contacts and have not been verified by the Volpe Center. The objective was to reach all agencies who submitted information for the 1996 National Transit Database (NTD) Report Year, the latest year for which NTD data were available at the time. Some reporting agencies were not appropriate for inclusion in this compilation, and some could not be contacted. Nevertheless, a total of 551 agencies provided information for this study. Responding agencies with no existing or planned APTS systems are not included in this report. Jan 1999

This paper discusses advanced public transportation systems (APTS) technologies, assesses the extent of their deployment, and judges their degree of success. While it covers APTS technologies in use by bus and demand-response service operations, rail and ferryboat services are beyond its scope. Dec 2000

This project, Institutional and Policy Issues in Adopting Advanced Public Transportation Systems Technologies, aimed to study critical mass transportation issues associated with the implementation of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) in the northern Virginia area and, more generally, in the entire country. Work included analytic policy studies, education outreach services for transportation policy decision makers at the local and national level, and development of IVHS technology courses. Establishment of a national resource center for IVHS policy research was another objective of the project. Sep 1995

This report is the sixth in a series of reports since 1991 that summarize the progress of implementing Advanced Public Transportation Systems (APTS) technologies throughout the nation. This report contains the results of a limited investigation of the extent of adoption of advanced technology in the provision of public transportation service in North America. The objective of this effort was to increase the industry’s knowledge of successful applications of advanced technologies with the expectation that this will lead to their widespread adoption. 2000

This report is the latest in a series of State-of-the-Art reports, the last of which was published in December 2000. It contains the results of a high-level scan of the extent and character of the adoption and use of advanced technology in the provision of public transportation services in North America. The objective of this effort was to provide a useful and timely reference on the subject of emerging Transit ITS techonological advances and trends. This report provides up to date information on the current deployment status of APTS technologies, provide lessons learned based on deployment experiences, and promote understanding of future trends. 2006

This report highlights technologies that improve accessibility for the transportation disadvantaged. A special emphasis is placed on those technologies that improve coordination of agencies, services, functions, or modes because coordination can result in greater efficiency and service delivery improvements. This report profiles six diverse sites that have successfully deployed ITS technologies to improve transportation options for the transportation disadvantaged. While these agencies have used different approaches, based on their needs and in-house capabilities, all have emphasized the importance of coordination and flexibility in providing service. August 2006



The purpose of the National ITS Program Plan is to guide the development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the United States. This, the First Edition of the Plan was a joint effort of ITS America and the United States Department of Transportation. The plan was developed through a consensus building process which sought the involvement of the entire ITS community. The National ITS Program Plan consists of three documents: a Synopsis, and two Volumes. The Synopsis provides a fifty-page encapsulation of the major subject areas within the document, with special emphasis on the area of deployment. Volume I focuses on the issues of goals, compatibility, deployment, and program assessment, and Volume II contains detailed descriptions and plans for each of the twenty-nine user services. Mar 1995

This report presents the goals, activities, and milestones for the National Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program from fiscal years (FY) 1999 through 2003. It sets forth a detailed account of the United States Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT’s) course of action under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), and updates the first National ITS Program Plan published in 1995.That original plan was instrumental in laying the foundation for the ITS research agenda pursued under the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). Under TEA-21, research and development (R&D) is still an important component of the ITS program. However, the program has matured, and aiding deployment of ITS across the country has taken on a new urgency. Today, the National ITS Program is balanced between continuing important research and helping implementers deploy ITS technologies rapidly and with the best information for decision making. The "National ITS Program Plan: Five-Year Horizon" does not supersede the material contained in the 1995 plan. Information from the earlier plan – such as the definitions of the original 29 user services – is still valid today. Aug 2000

The objective of this Plan is to advance the safety, efficiency and security of the surface transportation system, provide increased access to transportation services and reduce fuel consumption and environmental impact. To accomplish these objectives, the Plan prescribes a broad set of policy, program and research activities, including necessary institutional reforms, enabled by ITS technologies. Jan 2002
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