National ITS Architecture Consistency Policy for Transit Projects, Additional Grantee Guidance

Number C-01-03

U.S. Department
of Transportation
Federal Transit


400 Seventh St. S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590

Dear Colleague:

I am providing you with a copy of the "Federal Transit Administration (FTA) National ITS Architecture Consistency Policy for Transit Projects, Additional Grantee Guidance" (PDF). Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are some of the many components that support the continued growth and security of the transportation system. ITS facilitates security preparedness, prevention, protection, response, and recovery. For instance, ITS can provide an architectural framework and the technologies to maintain communications and facilitate coordination among responding agencies to a security emergency. Automatic vehicle location systems help transit authorities manage and track their fleets. Traveler information systems are used to provide security alerts and also improve customer service, which is a key component to maintaining ridership growth. Electronic fare payment systems expedite fare payment and allow for greater financial accountability.

On April 8, 2001, FTA issued the National ITS Architecture Consistency Policy for Transit Projects. The policy is intended to support the integration of ITS from a national and regional perspective. Since issuing the policy, FTA has partnered with the National Transit Institute to deliver training on the Policy requirements. We also have added a section to the Triennial Review program to track our grantees’ progress towards meeting the requirements. Additionally, we have established a management oversight program on ITS. This program has focused on jointly working with our grantees to assess their compliance with the policy and to provide technical assistance as needed. With each of these efforts, we have heard requests for additional information and clarification of the policy. The enclosed document, "FTA National ITS Architecture Consistency Policy for Transit Projects, Additional Grantee Guidance," is intended to provide additional clarification and to highlight resources that are available. FTA intends to update this document as more examples and best practices are developed.

As the key requirement of the Policy rapidly approaches (all regions that implement ITS must have a Regional ITS Architecture by April 8, 2005, or within 4 years of implementing an ITS project), FTA will continue to partner with our industry to assist you towards meeting the requirements. Should you have any questions on this guidance document or have any recommendations for additional technical assistance, please contact your regional office or Ron Boenau, Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation, at (202) 366-4995.


Jennifer L. Dorn