The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) is responsible for coordinating, facilitating, and reviewing the Department's research and development programs and activities. Coordination and advancement of research and technology activities is led by the RITA Office of Research, Development and Technology and is funded through the General Fund. RITA is also responsible for coordinating and developing Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) technology, PNT policy coordination, and spectrum management. RITA is the program manager for the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System.
RITA oversees and provides direction to the following programs and activities: The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) manages and shares statistical knowledge and information on the Nation's transportation systems, including statistics on freight movement, geospatial transportation information, and transportation economics. BTS is funded by an allocation from the Federal Highway Administration's Federal-Aid Highways account.
The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) facilitates the deployment of technology to enhance the safety, efficiency, convenience, and environmental sustainability of surface transportation. The ITS program carries out its goals through research and development, operational testing, technology transfer, training and technical guidance. The ITS Research Program is currently funded through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As part of the Wireless Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative, ITS will receive $100 million in mandatory resources in 2012, to conduct innovative wireless technology applications for transportation.
The University Transportation Centers (UTC) advance U.S. technology and expertise in many transportation-related disciplines through grants for transportation education, research, and technology transfer at university-based centers of excellence. The UTC Program funding is provided to RITA through an allocation from the Federal Highway Administration and a reimbursable agreement from the Federal Transit Administration.
The John A.Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (Cambridge, MA) provides expertise in research, analysis, technology deployment, and other technical knowledge to DOT and non-DOT customers on specific transportation system projects or issues, on a fee-for-service basis.
The Transportation Safety Institute develops and conducts safety, security, and environmental training, products, and services for both the public and private sector on a fee-for-service and tuition basis.