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What Is An Intelligent Transportation System?

(NC)—Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are technologies designed to make transportation safer, more efficient, more reliable and more environmentally friendly, without necessarily having to physically alter existing infrastructure.

ITS technologies include sensor and control systems, advanced communications methods, and computer informatics. These technologies are already benefiting businesses and the travelling public. For example, in Saskatoon an advanced traffic management system is minimizing traffic congestion, alerting crews to accidents and providing drivers with up-to-date road information. In Vancouver, new software has enhanced monitoring of the movement of dangerous goods in and out of port jurisdictions, enabling authorities to locate these goods more quickly.

ITS is just one of a number of areas in which the Government of Canada's Strategic Highway Infrastructure Program (SHIP) is investing. SHIP is a $600 million program that has the Government of Canada working with the provinces and territories to identify those parts of our national transportation system which — because of growing traffic and increasing trade — need immediate attention. The goal of this program is to develop and maintain a safer, more efficient transportation system for all Canadians.

For more information on SHIP and intelligent transportation systems, visit http://www.its-sti.gc.ca.

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