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November 23, 2015
ITS: A Path Forward for Transportation’s Future
By Regina Hopper & Rodney Slater, Transport Topics

It’s hard to believe, but on average, more than 90 people die each day in motor vehicle crashes across the United States. That’s nearly 33,000 people a year who leave their homes each morning never to return to their families and friends. If this was happening in other forms of transportation, there would be an uproar from media, lawmakers, regulators and the public. However, technology — specifically intelligent transportation system technologies, or ITS — is already at work making our nation’s roads and vehicles safer and infrastructure smarter and transforming the way we live, work and travel.


February 19, 2015
A Promise of a New Year: In 2014, the ITS industry’s vision in many ways became a reality
By Tom Kern, Traffic Engineering & Management Magazine  

By any measure, the ITS industry had a home-run year, but enough looking back. By definition, intelligent transportation is the business of the future, and 2015 is shaping up to be a critical year.


October 28, 2014
The Transportation Revolution is Back: Find Your Way
By Sabrina Sussman, 1776 Blog

The transportation revolution has come back to Chicago, nearly 200 years after it first arrived. Talk about full circle… Unlike the rapid expansion of the canal and railway networks in the 1800’s that cemented Chicago’s role as the economic engine of the Midwest, today’s transportation revolution is about something a bit smaller. It is about you.


April 14, 2014
Transit Tech’s Future Showcased at ITS World Congress
By Scott Belcher, METRO Magazine 

The Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress only occurs in the Americas once every three years and this Sept. 7 to 11 our industry returns to its origins. Five months from now in Detroit, 10,000 of the world’s high tech transportation leaders will gather to discuss and showcase the technologies that are driving the future of transportation.


January 31, 2014
Securing our borders with intelligent transportation solutions
By Scott Belcher, METRO Magazine

With more than 5,000 miles of international border, the U.S. walks a daily tightrope between the need for security and the ability to move goods and people as freely as possible within the parameters of smart immigration policy. In the transportation world, we are actively working to develop and implement technologies to move cross-border traffic more efficiently while ensuring secure borders.


November 6, 2013
Leadership Circle’ brings together transportation, tech visionaries

By Scott Belcher, METRO Magazine

At ITS America, we are all about using technology to solve America’s transportation challenges. As federal and state budgets shrink, traffic gets worse and our roads and bridges continue getting older, we decided it was time to rethink how we address our nation’s transportation goals for the future. Out of this thinking, we created the ITS America Leadership Circle. This unique group brings together transportation and technology visionaries from the public, private, and academic sectors as thought leaders on behalf of ITS America and the broader transportation community.


September 27, 2013
Intelligent transportation systems and the urban parking crunch
By Scott Belcher, METRO Magazine 

Smart parking is rapidly emerging as a popular term for applying new technology to an old problem: the urban parking crunch. Virtually all city drivers have suffered through the truly miserable experience of circling downtown blocks over and over in search of an open spot. Yet there is reason for hope. The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) industry has been developing smart parking systems that can alleviate many of these costs by providing drivers, businesses, and metropolitan authorities the information they need to reduce wasted time, energy and money.


August 14, 2013
Connected Vehicles: An important step forward for the transit community
By Scott Belcher, METRO Magazine

You may have heard of connected vehicles. This innovative technology enables real-time communication between vehicles and with the roadway infrastructure and mobile devices to help prevent crashes while providing new mobility benefits. Excitement has been growing as automakers, tech companies and transportation officials work together to create a secure, interoperable wireless communications system that has the potential to save thousands of lives each year and modernize the driving experience.


May 15, 2013
Transportation Innovators Leverage Data to Help Solve the Nation’s Transportation Challenges
By Scott Belcher, Digital Energy & Sustainability Solutions Campaign Blog

The 2013 Transportation Champions of Change honored last week by the White House are committed to improving our nation’s transportation infrastructure by leveraging real-time data to keep our citizens safe and our economy moving for generations to come. Their transportation innovations are merely the beginning of what can be accomplished when critical real-time data is released and shared for public analysis.


May 13, 2013
Smart Parking Key to Sustainable Urban Mobility
By Steven Bayless, ITS International

Smart parking looks like a market poised to take off in the US. It could bring many benefits, not just for parking facility operators and their customers but also for society as a whole. Steven Bayless, senior director, telecommunications and telematics at ITS America, looks at some of the opportunities and challenges involved.


April 19, 2013
State DOT CEOs to meet in Nashville to Advance Innovative Solutions to the Nation’s Transportation Challenges
By Ashley Simmons, IBM Smarter Government Blog

The importance of this year’s meeting is not entirely about its content. It’s also about timing. The Annual Meeting comes at a critical juncture for all of us in transportation. With declining revenue from the federal gas tax and a deteriorating and overburdened infrastructure, there has never been a more important time for the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) community to get involved in the policy debate.


April 15, 2013 
ITS – Advancing Innovative Solutions to the Nation’s Transportation Challenges
By Scott Belcher, Traffic Technology Today

In today’s economic and budget environment, governments at all levels are being called upon to do more with less. Shrinking transportation revenues are being met with increasing needs as America’s World War II-era infrastructure calls for higher levels of maintenance, repair and replacement.


March 25, 2013
The Gas Tax Dilemma – Financing Transportation and Fueling Prosperity
By Scott Belcher, Better Roads

The downside of more fuel-efficient vehicles, and of the growing number of electric and alternative fueled vehicles on our roads, is that less gasoline consumption equals fewer tax receipts to pay for our infrastructure. And with $4 per gallon gas forcing many Americans to drive less, the result is less money for our transportation system at a time when much of our nation’s World War II-era infrastructure is nearing if not long past retirement age.


March 4, 2013
Need to Analyze Risks of 5.9GHz Spectrum Sharing
By Scott Belcher, ITS International

It is estimated that by 2050, the number of vehicles around the  world is set to double to two billion, placing  enormous demands on the global transportation infrastructure and on the networks designed to support them. In the United States, the future of a safe, efficient and convenient transportation network increasingly depends on the use of informa­tion and communications technologies.


March 1, 2013
The Link Between Intelligent Transportation and Better Roads
By Scott Belcher, Better Roads

In 2013 and beyond, it’s clear that infrastructure and technology are no longer separate. Those who build roads will use intelligent transportation systems (ITS) to measure and improve infrastructure performance and make investment decisions about road upgrades and replacement.


February 19, 2013
The Time is NOW – Fighting for the Future of Roadway Safety
By Scott Belcher, Better Roads

As we count down to the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s Annual Meeting to be held in Nashville this April, there’s never been a more critical time for all of us who are working to ensure America’s leadership in transportation and infrastructure, to speak with a united voice.


January 23, 2013
Big Data Drives Roadway Safety
By Scott Belcher, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) Data Innovation Blog

The massive amount of data that will be created through the millions of real-time interactions between vehicles, and between vehicles and the infrastructure will enable transportation managers to use data analytics to optimize the transportation systems that they operate in ways that have not yet been imagined.