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Intelligent Transport Systems

Cases and Policies Edited by Roger R. Stough, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, George Mason University, US
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are expected to add considerable productivity to existing transportation infrastructure and to therefore partially reduce the need for more physical infrastructure such as additional lanes of roadway. But there are huge barriers to achieving this vision ranging from the technical to the institutional. In this book a new outcome oriented methodology is developed and applied to a diverse set of ITS case studies in an effort to gain insight into the barriers to deployment.
Extent: 240 pp
Hardback Price: $128.00 Web: $115.20
Publication Date: 2001
ISBN: 978 1 84064 447 0
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Transport
  • Environment
  • Transport
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Transport
Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are expected to add considerable productivity to existing transportation infrastructure and to therefore partially reduce the need for more physical infrastructure such as additional lanes of roadway. But there are huge barriers to achieving this vision ranging from the technical to the institutional. In this book a new outcome oriented methodology is developed and applied to a diverse set of ITS case studies in an effort to gain insight into the barriers to deployment. The case studies, most from the National Capital Region (Washington) in the US, include but are not limited to evaluation of electronic tolling, truck roll over warning systems, Advanced Traffic Information Systems (ATIS), variable message signs (VMS), ITS enhanced emergency management systems and ITS bridge operations. The evaluation methodology bears similarity to the benefit/cost balance sheet approach. Full cost (benefit) assessment is adopted with multiple externalities (environment, economic development, social equity issues, etc.) formally included in each of the individual evaluations.

Transportation policymakers as well as scholars and students of economic, public policy and political science will find this study useful and informative.
‘The macro-focus makes the book a nice complement to already existing texts on more disaggregate issues. I believe the book offers a wealth of information on ITS applications operating in the DC region. It thus offers stimulating reading for those involved in the design, evaluation and research of ITS applications and other types of transport policy projects.’
– Erik T. Verhoef, The Economic Journal
Contributors: B. Benson, W.M. Bowen, K.E. Haynes, D. Jin, H. Klein, G. Maas, M.E. Maggio, R. Mazzoleni, M. Sager, L. Schintler, H. Shafie, R.R. Stough
Contents: 1. Introduction Part I: A Multi-criteria ITS Evaluation Methodology and Applications 2. Methodological and Technical Challenges in Regional Evaluation of ITS: Induced and Direct Effects 3. Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) in the Dulles Corridor 4. The Variable Message Sign System of Northern Virginia 5. Automatic Truck Rollover Warning System 6. The Montgomery County Advanced Transportation Management System Part II: Applications of Alternative Methodologies to ITS 7. Smart Flexible Integrated Real-time Enhanced System (SaFIRES) 8. The Woodrow Wilson Bridge 9. Incident Management and Intelligent Transportation Systems Technology: Estimating Benefits for Northern Virginia Index