Intelligent transportation, intelligent investment
“Consider that an investment of $1.2 billion to deploy and operate real-time traffic information programs in all 50 states and the nation’s largest 50 cities would not only create new jobs and spur economic growth, but would also generate more than $30 billion in safety, mobility, and environmental benefits to the public, according to a newly-released GAO study,” he continues.
The future of ITS and its positive impact on our national economy are significant, Belcher notes. According to him, the U.S. DOT projects that the field of ITS could create almost 600,000 new jobs during the next 20 years. With a federal commitment to ITS deployment, these figures could be significantly higher.
We need to create new jobs. We need to improve our infrastructure. And we need to be smart about it. Let’s move forward with intelligent transportation and make advances where they need to be.
I know I like to be smart about my money, and I sure as heck want my nation’s infrastructure to be advancing the way it should.
What about you? What do you think?
I think we should work smarter. To me, it’s the intelligent thing to do.
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