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Policy Statement 454 - Intelligent Transportation Systems


Approved by the Transportation Policy Committee on February 28, 2017
Approved by the Public Policy Committee on June 4, 2017
Adopted by the Board of Direction on July 29, 2017


The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) supports the use of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Working together, the public, private and academic sectors should provide the leadership and commitment to continue the deployment of ITS for consumers of passenger and freight transportation across the nation. 

The federal government should continue its leadership through technical, policy, and financial support in the research development and deployment of ITS nationwide. Federal funding for deployment facilitates faster realization of benefits and further serves notice that this should be a priority within individual transportation agencies and organizations.


A vast consumer market and a technology based industry are guiding transportation into the information age. The rapid enhancements in computing, telecommunications, and personal electronics will further influence this market. The continued research, development, and deployment of ITS can enhance transportation systems. 


The U.S. Department of Transportation explains ITS saying "ITS improves transportation safety and mobility and enhances American productivity through the integration of advanced technologies into the transportation infrastructure and in vehicles. ITS encompass a broad range of wireless and wire line communications-based information and other electronics technologies." The technology revolution in transportation requires a wide range of independent yet coordinated actions by public and private sector interests, which must be sustained by a major federal commitment.  The federal government should provide the continued leadership and commitment to direct a thorough deployment of ITS for consumers of passenger and freight transportation across the nation, and the state/regional/local organizations responsible for the ultimate implementation should consider ITS in all future planning and design efforts. ITS offers documented benefits in regard to reducing roadway fatalities, improved travel time reliability for people and goods, and reduced emissions and fuel consumption. The deployment of ITS technologies should also be coordinated with homeland security, commerce, and energy initiatives to support the common goals. Working in concert with the transportation industry, transportation agencies can further enhance benefits to both transportation system users and to their own agencies through the increased data concerning the status of the transportation network.

ASCE Policy Statement 454
First Approved in 1997