Oregon has experienced a significant increase in vehicle miles traveled (VMT ) on its highways. The average annual VMT over the past 5 years (2002-2006) was 20,780,300,000 miles. Over the past 10 years there has been an increase of 0.7% per year in VMT. This equates to an approximate growth of 140 million VMT each year. With the continual increase in demand and little to no anticipated future growth in capacity, applying the latest technological advancements - commonly referred to as ITS - to the transportation system improves the quality, safety, and effective capacity of the existing infrastructure. The technologies of considerable focus include information processing and communications, traffic control devices, and electronics. For case studies on how these technologies have positively impacted Oregon's transportation system click on the links below:
Operations and maintenance is another area in which the application of technologies has proven beneficial. Particularly in rural areas where fewer staff are required to operate and maintain more roadway miles than their urban counterparts, any investment into technologies that can allow for remote operations can improve their efficiency.
ODOT’s ITS program deploys technologies in a strategic manner to reap the full benefits of the implemented systems. As new technologies are tested and deployed, they are regularly evaluated to allow ODOT to continually refine, improve, and understand the value, effectiveness and impact of these activities.
For information on ITS deployment in other areas of the country go to the Federal Highway Administration's national databases on ITS Benefits, Costs, and Lessons Learned.