ITS Architecture Implementation Program
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21st Century Operations Using 21st Century Technologies

National ITS Architecture and Standards Final Rule

Announcement

The FHWA rule and FTA policy on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture and Standards were issued on January 8, 2001, to implement section 5206(e) of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21). This final rule/policy requires that ITS projects funded by the Highway Trust Fund and the Mass Transit Account conform to the National ITS Architecture, as well as to USDOT adopted ITS Standards.

What does this mean for ITS practitioners around the nation?

The final rule/policy means that:

  • Regions currently implementing ITS projects must have a regional ITS architecture in place in four years. Regions not currently implementing ITS projects must develop a regional ITS architecture within four years from the date their first ITS project advances to final design.
  • ITS projects funded by the Highway Trust Fund and the Mass Transit Account must conform to a regional ITS architecture.
  • Major ITS projects should move forward based on a project level architecture that clearly reflects consistency with the National ITS architecture.
  • Projects must use USDOT adopted ITS standards as appropriate. To date, the USDOT has not adopted any ITS standards, and a formal rulemaking process will precede any USDOT ITS standard adoption.
  • Compliance with the regional ITS architecture will be in accordance with USDOT oversight and Federal-aid procedures, similar to non-ITS projects.

Questions?

For more direct assistance:

  • Contact your Federal Field Staff office. Phone numbers are on the back of this flyer.
  • Email questions through the web site noted below.
  • Call the Architecture and Standards Program contacts listed on the reverse side of this flyer.

What's Coming?

  • The web site: An electronic Resource Guide has been developed to navigate through the range of conformity issues. If you visit the home page, you will find the text of the final rule/policy, FAQs, and links to contacts and training. In the coming months, real-life ITS deployment examples, case studies, and other guidance will be added to the web site.
  • Presentations: Presentations will be made frequently throughout the upcoming year. Refer to the web site for a schedule of presentations near you.
  • Pocket Guides and Brochures: Outreach materials will be available in Spring 2001 and can be obtained from the web site, at conferences, or through Federal Field offices
  • Training: Training is currently available through the ITS Professional Capacity Building Program, the National Highway Institute, the National Transit Institute and the Institute for Transportation Engineers. Training links are posted on the web site.
  • Case Studies and Examples: Six Architecture development case studies and a Standards "lessons learned" study can be found on the web site. More examples will be placed on the web site in the months to come.
FHWA Division Offices - Contact Information
Alabama
334-223-7370
Idaho
208-334-1690
Mississippi
601-965-4215
Oklahoma
405-605-6173
Washington
360-753-9413
Alaska
907-586-7180
Illinois
217-492-4640
Missouri
573-636-7104
Oregon
503-399-5749
West Virginia
304-347-5928
Arizona
602-379-3725
Indiana
317-226-7475
Montana
406-449-5303
Pennsylvania
717-221-3461
Wisconsin
608-829-7500
Arkansas
501-324-5625
Iowa
515-233-7300
Nebraska
402-437-5521
Puerto Rico
787-766-5924
Wyoming
307-772-2101
California
916-498-5001
Kansas
785-267-7281
Nevada
775-687-1204
Rhode Island
401-528-4542
Chicago Metro Office
312-886-1616
Colorado
303-969-6730
Kentucky
502-223-6720
New Hampshire
603-228-0417
South Carolina
803-765-5411
New York City Metro Office
212-668-2136
Connecticut
860-659-6703
Louisiana
225-757-7600
New Jersey
609-637-4200
South Dakota
605-224-8033
Philadelphia Metro Office
215-656-7070
Delaware
302-734-3819
Maine
207-622-8487
New Mexico
505-820-2022
Tennessee
615-781-5770
Los Angeles Metro Office
213-202-3950
District of Columbia
202-523-0163
Maryland
410-962-4440
New York
518-431-4127
Texas
512-916-5881
FHWA Eastern
Resource Center
(410) 962-0095
Florida
850-942-9650
Massachusetts
617-494-3657
North Carolina
919-856-4346
Utah
801-963-0182
FHWA Midwestern
Resource Center
(708) 283-3532
Georgia
404-562-3703
Michigan
517-377-1844
North Dakota
701-250-4204
Vermont
802-828-4424
FHWA Southern
Resource Center
(404) 562-3906
Hawaii
808-541-2704
Minnesota
651-291-6102
Ohio
614-280-6896
Virginia
804-775-3320
FHWA Western
Resource Center
(415) 744-2659

FTA Regional Offices
Region 1
(617) 494-2055
Region 6
(817) 978-0550
Region 2
(212) 668-2170
Region 7
(816) 329-3920
Region 3
(215) 656-7100
Region 8
(303) 844-3242
Region 4
(404) 562-3500
Region 9
(415) 744-3133
Region 5
(312) 353-2789
Region 10
(206) 220-7954

 

Select from the links below to email contacts:
Contact Person Division Telephone Email
Mac Lister FHWA Architecture Implementation (708) 283-3532 Mac.Lister@dot.gov
Lee Simmons FHWA ITS Standards (202) 366-8048 Lee.Simmons@dot.gov
Michael Freitas FHWA Architecture Conformity (202) 366-9292 Michael.Freitas@dot.gov
Brian Cronin Federal Transit Administration (202) 366-0105 brian.cronin@fta.dot.gov

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