A smarter government needs smarter transportation
The US Federal budget proposal for 2014 includes $40 billion for high-speed and intercity rail. It includes $50 billion in spending for highway projects. The funding plan would also extend the current “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) transportation bill beyond 2015, which continues the development of a streamlined and performance-based surface transportation program. At the State level, in April 2013, the State of Massachusetts senate voted in an $800 million appropriation into the state’s transit agencies by 2018.
As the world continues to urbanize, transportation projects have the potential to provide benefits in the forms of mobility, economic development, and the quality of life. Therefore, we see budgets allocated for important transportation and infrastructure improvement initiatives, however, budgets are still constrained due to a sluggish economy. Governments know they cannot afford to fund unsuccessful transportation projects, which can face penalties for budget overruns and even safety problems. The challenges of successfully designing, delivering, and operating complex major engi
Government transportation agencies face pressures that demand:
The IBM Rational Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Solution
IBM Rational’s ITS solution uses 'battle-tested' technology to align infrastructure investments with critical economic objectives, while helping to ensure optimal team collaboration, traceability to requirements and compliance to regulations and standards.
The IBM® Rational® Intelligent Transportation Systems Solution assists ITS professionals in 4 distinct ways:
To complement these capabilities, the Rational ITS solution supports two ITS standards to facilitate planning, developing and managing ITS solutions:
IBM Rational has the critical tools, skills, and expertise that guide Intelligent Transportation programs around the globe. Rational worked with the US Department of Transportation and other transportation agencies to modernize critical transportation infrastructure through effective planning, design, risk reduction, and regulatory compliance through better systems and software engineering.
For more information, see the developerWorks website ibm.co/rationalits.