A new day is dawning for the future of transportation in America. The industry is shifting to new modes of transportation, smarter energy sources, intelligent technologies, and automation to transform travel into a smarter, greener, safer, and more enjoyable experience. Robust infrastructure and governing policies must be in place to support these advancements. This requires investments in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) infrastructure and a carefully designed Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) philosophy to foster this technological revolution.
Despite the critical need for robust ITS deployments and TSMO support throughout the industry, future ITS initiatives and projects face significant headwinds that prevent implementation. These roadblocks are diverse and multi-faceted and are faced across all levels of government from state, local, and municipal agencies. Some of the most common headwinds faced by agencies are highlighted below.