RITA's FY 2012 budget request is $52.6 million, an increase
of $12.6 million over the FY 2010 level. This request reflects RITA's Surface Transportation Reauthorization
proposal to greatly enhance the data collection and statistical analysis
program in support of data-driven decision-making across the USDOT. It will enable RITA to:
Provide robust transportation statistics research,
analysis, and reporting in support of USDOT and stakeholder needs.
Coordinate, facilitate, review and maximize the
effectiveness of the USDOT's research, development and technology (RD&T) portfolio.
Advance innovative technologies in an increasingly
multi-modal transportation system and further education and training in
transportation and related fields.
As the USDOT's research and innovation focal point, RITA advances
DOT strategic goals by working across the modal administrations and collaborating
with partners from other federal agencies, state and local governments,
universities, stakeholder organizations, transportation professionals and
system operators. From conducting
advanced research to providing funding to test and evaluate new approaches
across modes; from collecting and analyzing data to training transportation
professionals, RITA enables and accelerates transportation innovation.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE REQUEST
Quality Data &
Analysis for Sound Decision-Making
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) develops and
disseminates timely, relevant and high quality data and information for all transportation
modes. Users include federal, state and
local agencies, researchers, and public and private sector transportation decision-makers. BTS provides data through programs that
- Freight and Travel
Statistics (National and International);
Methods and Standards Performance Metrics; and
Statistics (Funded through the Research and Development appropriation).
The budget request for BTS is $35 million, an increase of $8
million over the FY 2010 funding level. This represents a new baseline to reflect RITA's Surface Transportation
Reauthorization proposal to substantially enhance the data collection and
rigorous statistical analysis programs in support of data-driven decision-making
that will affect major DOT strategic objectives moving forward, such as
advancing transportations safety, driving economic competitiveness through
programs such as high speed rail, and ensuring environmental
sustainability. This funding will allow
RITA to meet DOT's objective of making transportation investments and policy
decisions based on sound analytical data.
The $8 million increase to BTS will initiate or provide
enhancements to the following programs:
A new Safety Data and Analysis Program (+$2
million) will support the modal administrations in the areas of safety data
collection, statistical expertise, and methodology to improve safety data
access, as well as address emerging issues in transportation safety such as
the objective to achieve improvements and consistency in the safety of transit
systems across the U.S. Safety data from
across the modes will be integrated into a centralized source for cross-modal
decision-making, in support of the USDOT Safety Council.
A bolstered BTS Freight Statistics Program (+$5.9
million) will fund expansion of the highly valued Commodity Flow Survey (CFS),
Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS) and International Freight Data System
(IFDS). These programs collect, compile
and analyze freight data across all modes of transportation and provide
analytic reports and stakeholder-focused products from multimodal and
intermodal perspectives. The CFS data
collection will be completed, a methodology for VIUS will be developed,
for-hire truck data and targeted surveys will be developed and IFDS data will
be delivered to modal customers. These
enhanced data collection efforts will provide further refinement to the
analysis of freight transportation trends in support of USDOT priorities
particularly enhancing economic competitiveness by driving supply chain
RITA requests $17.6 million for its Research and
Development account, which is a funding increase of $4.6 million over the FY
2010 level. RITA manages and conducts
the strategic planning, coordination, facilitation and review of the USDOT's
USDOT is responsible for coordinating and
developing Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) (+$.600 million) technology,
as well as PNT policy coordination and spectrum management. The PNT program enables RITA to fulfill the USDOT's
civil PNT leadership role in ensuring federal civil agencies have significant
participation in and are adequately represented in the joint management of
global positioning systems (GPS). RITA also
funds the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) program (+$3
million), which provides national, real-time accurate dynamic positioning and
navigation information at one-to-three meters for surface transportation users.
Additionally, key components such as the RESEARCH Development &Technology (RD&T) (+$.900 million) Planning Council and
Planning Team provide critical coordination and leadership among USDOT modal
administrations and stakeholders.
These are critical elements for
ensuring lab-to-marketplace application of new ideas and technologies.
of RITA's Programs
The University Transportation Center (UTC)
program ($100 million) advances U.S. technology and expertise in many
transportation-related disciplines, and advances DOT RD&T priorities
through baseline funding for university-based transportation education,
research and technology transfer as well as a new competitive cross-modal
component. The program is jointly funded
by reimbursable agreements with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) [$72
million] and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)[$8 million]. An additional $20 million competitive pool
funded through the FHWA will be reserved for a targeted collaborative
multimodal research program for high priority needs and topics.
A new Multimodal Innovative Research Program,
funded at $20 million, will build on an existing advanced research program and provide
cutting-edge research focusing on USDOT priorities under the governance of the
RD&T Planning Council. The
multi-modal structure of the Planning Council will ensure collaboration across
the USDOT. This program is funded by a
reimbursable agreement with FHWA.
Transportation Systems (ITS) program requests $110 million for the ITS core program in FY 2012, along with an
additional $100 million increase in conjunction with the President's Wireless
Innovation and Infrastructure Initiative, Wireless Innovation (WIN) Fund.
This additional $100 million from the WIN fund will be used over a five year
period, and will provide the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program
the ability to seek new and innovative opportunities to pursue ground-breaking
research and competitive deployments of wireless technology applications.
Deployment of the resulting proven ITS applications will greatly advance the
safety, efficiency, convenience, and environmental sustainability of surface
RITA coordinates, facilitates, and reviews well over $1
billion in transportation-related research, analysis, technology transfer,
deployment, education and training activities spanning Departmental
priorities. The John A. Volpe National
Transportation Systems Center and the Transportation Safety Institute, both
fee-for-service organizations, provide critical support to meet this mission.
RITA's FY 2012 budget supports all of the Department's
strategic goals. It ensures that
decision-makers will have access to robust data collection and analysis,
advanced research, and cutting-edge technologies.