Illinois Invests $5.1 Million in ITS Research

Feb. 8, 2023
The ITS research is used by thousands of travelers and organizations monthly

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has awarded The University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Engineering a $5.1 million grant to continue its ITS research.

The ITS research has helped IDOT's ability to operate and maintain surface transportation systems throughout Illinois.

The system is used by thousands of travelers and hundreds of transportation agencies, private companies, and researchers monthly. 

“This latest round of funding will cover the maintenance and operations of GTIS and its website,” says John Dillenburg, associate director of the UIC AI Laboratory. “The GTIS requires 24/7 monitoring by a dedicated UIC staff of engineers, students and professionals.”

The Gateway Traveler Information System (GTIS) was expanded via multistate alliances into Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

This work has been previously supported by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the National Research Council, IDOT, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the Chicago Department of Transportation, and multiple private corporations.

The ITS research has received over $40 million in funding from IDOT.

The grant will fund several sub-projects for IDOT, such as the deployment of a machine vision truck parking information management system developed by UIC, in which sensors and cameras provide real-time updates via roadside signs to commercial truckers, so they can efficiently identify open spots for a rest period. The project will also fund the integration of the GTIS with a statewide transportation management system, and expand the UIC-developed lane closure system to other IDOT districts.



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