The RTA is leading the development of an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program for transit in northeastern Illinois. The RTA's ITS Program provides a blueprint for the application and integration of technology to improve transit services and provide operators and customers with information that supports seamless, multi-modal travel for users of the transportation system. A wide variety of ITS technologies have been used throughout the transit industry to increase both operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. Through the ITS Program, the RTA, CTA, Metra and Pace are working together to evaluate existing capabilities and investigate emerging technologies that will improve our ability to share information and coordinate regional services.
One of the RTA's key missions, as outlined by the RTA Act is to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated public transit system for the residents of northeastern Illinois. Since 1991, when the federal government designated the Gary-Chicago-Milwaukee (GCM) ITS Priority Corridor, transportation agencies and other key stakeholders in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin have worked together to develop solutions to transportation problems and create a coordinated strategy for transportation technology investments for the 16-county region. Corridor programs stress the importance of interoperability and information sharing among transit and highway departments and other agencies providing emergency and medical services. The RTA's role in this effort aims to ensure that the technologies deployed by the CTA, Metra and Pace are coordinated with other transportation entities throughout the GCM Corridor.
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