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Technology - ITS

ITS traffic advisory signThe term "Intelligent Transportation Systems" refers to the use of information and communications technology to improve transportation safety, efficiency, and system performance. The organization "ITS America" provides these examples of ITS:

Advanced Traveler Information Systems deliver data directly to travelers, empowering them to make better choices about alternate routes or modes of transportation. When archived, this historical data provides transportation planners with accurate travel pattern information, optimizing the transportation planning process.


Advanced Traffic Management Systems employ a variety of relatively inexpensive detectors, cameras, and communication systems to monitor traffic, optimize signal timings on major arterials, and control the flow of traffic.

Incident Management Systems, for their part, provide traffic operators with the tools to allow quick and efficient response to accidents, hazardous spills, and other emergencies. Redundant communications systems link data collection points, transportation operations centers, and travel information portals into an integrated network that can be operated efficiently and "intelligently."

The NJTPA sponsors periodic workshops on the application of various technologies, offering public sector and private partners a chance to exchange their experience and expertise.

The NJTPA is a participant and stakeholder in a state-level project led by NJDOT to maintain and update the New Jersey Statewide ITS Architecture.  The updated architecture document and resources are at the project website.  

The New Jersey Statewide ITS Architecture has been updated to conform with the requirements of FHWA and FTA.  This includes identifying current and planned ITS projects in New Jersey and updating the Architecture with the latest version of the National ITS Architecture v8.3, called the Architecture Reference for Cooperative and Intelligent Transportation (ARC-IT)  (see