SOURCE: Vehicle Traffic Information Coalition

February 01, 2007 06:30 ET

Vehicle Traffic Information Coalition (VTIC) Applauds White House for Prioritizing Real-Time Traffic Information Technology

Faster Deployment of Real-Time Traffic Technology Listed as Priority in State of the Union/Budget Supporting Materials

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 1, 2007 -- The White House has identified "faster deployment of real-time traffic information" as a priority in the fight to reduce traffic congestion. The Administration announced a new Highway Congestion Initiative in the supporting materials to the State of the Union Address. This Initiative funds state and local innovations in curbing congestion and specifically identifies speeding the creation of real-time traffic information as a needed solution.

The relevant text:

    The President's Plan Calls For The U.S. Department Of Transportation (DOT)
    To Work With States And Cities To Explore Ways To Reduce Traffic
    Congestion, Help Save Fuel, And Reduce Commute Times.  In 2003, drivers in
    America's 85 most congested urban areas experienced 3.7 billion hours of
    travel delay and wasted 2.3 billion gallons of fuel, costing a total of $63
    billion.
    
    The President's Budget Redirects DOT Funds To A New $175 Million Highway
    Congestion Initiative For State And Local Governments To Demonstrate
    Innovative Ideas For Curbing Congestion. These ideas include congestion
    pricing, commuter transit services, commitments from employers to expand
    work schedule flexibility, and faster deployment of real-time traffic
    information. In one year, this wasted fuel accounts for more than 20
    million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
    
"With our highways growing more congested, the need for real-time traffic information becomes stronger each day -- nobody likes being stuck in traffic," said Rob Schill of the Vehicle Traffic Information Coalition (VTIC), a coalition of leading auto, mapping, navigation, technology and transportation entities.

A host of products and services are being made available that add traffic conditions to navigation systems to alert drivers, traffic managers and emergency responders to real-time road conditions. They include in-vehicle navigation systems that map traffic conditions, cell phone applications that display location-aware traffic flow and incident data, satellite delivered radio broadcasts, Internet-based traffic data and sophisticated intelligent transportation and tolling systems that keep traffic moving.

The President's proposed budget directs $175 million in DOT funds to a new Highway Congestion Initiative. "We applaud the Administration's recognition of the growing energy, productivity and environmental costs of traffic congestion. Real-time traffic data is at the heart of better traffic management, and exciting new in-vehicle navigation technologies that empower drivers to avoid sitting in traffic are major elements of the near-term solution," said Schill.

VTIC is a coalition of leading real-time traffic industry companies. The members of VTIC include: ESRI, Honda, Mark IV, NAVTEQ, Nissan, TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), Tele Atlas, Toyota, Traffic.com, Volkswagen, Wavetronix and XM Satellite Radio. The coalition's mission is to promote real-time traffic at the federal, state and local levels.

For more information, visit www.real-timetraffic.com.

Contact Information

  • CONTACT:
    Rob Schill
    Executive Director
    (202) 292-4604