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Cooperative Transportation Systems
Pooled Fund Study

Program to Support the Development and Deployment of Cooperative Transportation Systems Applications

Pooled Fund Study Charter, June 2011

Cooperative Transportation Systems holds the potential to support a fundamental advance in surface transportation.  While the vehicle component and infrastructure component of the transportation system have traditionally been only loosely coupled, connected vehicle technology will allow the components to “work” actively together – creating Cooperative Transportation Systems.  This provides the potential for reduction in congestion, safety improvements, and improved traveler services.  In order to realize this potential, Cooperative Transportation Systems will require unprecedented collaboration between the private and public sectors, on a scale not required in the current loosely coupled system.

As owners and operators of the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure, state and local transportation agencies are at the core of Cooperative Transportation Systems.  While automakers and device manufacturers will dictate availability of vehicular equipment, transportation agencies will control the deployment and operation of roadside infrastructure and the incorporation of connected vehicle technologies into infrastructure applications (such as traffic signal control).  To guide transportation agency involvement in Cooperative Transportation Systems deployment, AASHTO developed a strategic plan.  It identified a need to develop a deployment plan and business plan that will aid the owners and operators in the nationwide deployment of the connected vehicle infrastructure. It also identified the need for infrastructure providers to conduct research to develop applications that will make full use of Cooperative Transportation capabilities.

With this background, the pooled fund study entitled “Program to Support the Development and Deployment of Cooperative Transportation Systems Applications” was created by a group of state and local transportation agencies and FHWA in order to provide a means to conduct the work necessary for infrastructure providers to play a leading role in advancing the Cooperative Transportation Systems. Participating agencies include California Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Florida DOT, Maricopa County in Arizona, Michigan DOT, Minnesota DOT, New Jersey DOT, New York DOT, Pennsylvania DOT, Texas DOT, Washington DOT, and Wisconsin DOT with the Virginia DOT as lead agency and the University of Virginia Center for Transportation Studies as technical leadership provider.

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Contacts: Pooled Fund Study Management Team

For more information or questions, please contact:
Melissa Lance (Melissa.Lance@vdot.virginia.gov)
Brian L. Smith (briansmith@virginia.edu)
Hyungjun Park (hpark@email.virginia.edu)

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Transportation Pooled Fund Program Website (http://www.pooledfund.org/Details/Solicitation/1213)
Connected Vehicle Research of U.S. Department of Transportation (http://www.its.dot.gov/connected_vehicle/connected_vehicle.htm)

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