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0-6672-2 Report Abstract

Research to Develop an ITS Strategic Plan for Texas

Ed Seymour, Beverly Kuhn, Kevin Balke, Nadeem Chaudhary, Debbie Jasek, Rajat Rajbhandari, Tony Voigt, Kristine Miller, Tina Geiselbrecht, and Steven Venglar, April 2014

TxDOT’s mission is to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for the citizens of Texas. Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) can play a pivotal role in meeting that mission. TxDOT can take advantage of advanced and emerging technologies to enhance safety and promote reliability by ensuring that travelers see the transportation network as a seamless system that helps get them to their destinations and deliver goods and services to the citizens of Texas with as little disruption as possible. ITS is a critical component of the transportation infrastructure that helps ensure the system operates in the most efficient way possible every day, every night, and during all types of situations and weather conditions. TxDOT has four primary goals related to meeting its mission. These goals are: maintain a safe system, address congestion, connect Texas communities, and become a best-in-class state agency. The agency cannot hope to successfully meet these goals without ITS in its arsenal of strategies to advance transportation across the state. This report documents the research that was undertaken to develop the ITS Strategic Plan for Texas. This research included an assessment of current U.S. trends in ITS and related initiatives, interviews with ITS stakeholders across Texas to determine needs, and a peer state review. The plan provides a framework to guide the development and deployment of an integrated statewide program for Intelligent Transportation Systems. The Texas Transportation Commission, TxDOT, as well as the broad community of ITS providers, stakeholders, and agency partners, will use this plan to promote the development, deployment, and use of ITS statewide. If this plan is to succeed, it needs the cooperation of all affected groups involved in ITS and transportation planning, design, funding, and implementation in the state.

Keywords: ITS Initiative, Stakeholder, 511 Deployment, Performance Monitoring, Aggregation Level, Data Filtering, Data Imputation, Data Provision, Map Matching, Accuracy Check, Light Flow, Connected Vehicle Initiative

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