The ITS program is DOT's largest crossmodal initiative. This program supports mobility and other DOT objectives through the application of advanced technologies to surface transportation. Major elements include intelligent vehicles, commercial vehicle operations, transit systems, and ITS architecture. Policy guidance comes from the ITS Management Council, which is composed of senior leadership from across DOT. Recently, the Council reoriented the program to focus on a fewer number of higher-risk, high-payoff initiatives. These are:
These initiatives and ongoing efforts—such as the Intelligent Vehicle Initiative and Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks—depend on program funding and the passage of reauthorizing legislation. The ITS program will also conduct exploratory studies to assess promising, but as yet untested, ITS strategies.