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U.S. Highway Official to Outline Intelligent Transportation Programs

Posted: Sep 22, 2004

An official of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration will outline the U.S. Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Program at NDSU at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Michael Freitas, travel management coordinator for the ITS Joint Program Office, will provide a short history of the U.S. DOT ITS program, a summary of current major focus areas, some highlights of the program and comment on its future direction. The presentation will be in the Peace Garden Room of the Memorial Union.

Frietas is a civil engineer with more than 30 years of experience at the FHWA. He has been involved in the ITS program since its inception. As travel management coordinator in the ITS Joint Program Office, he oversees the portions of the U.S. DOT ITS program dealing with advanced traffic management, traveler information and the Rural ITS Program. He is also currently serving as the day-to-day manager of the ITS Joint Program Office in support of the acting director.

His presentation is sponsored by the Advanced Traffic Analysis Center, part of the NDSU's Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute. The presentation is being held in conjunction with the transportation institute's annual awards banquet.

The banquet will be held at the Fargo Holiday Inn. Tickets are available by contacting Susan Peterson at 1-8793. Ray Zink, retired chief engineer for the North Dakota Department of Transportation, will receive the John M. Agrey Award at the banquet to recognize his career-long contributions to transportation in North Dakota. Two scholarship award winners will also be recognized.

Published in NDSU's staff newsletter
It's Happening at State
Sept. 22, 2004

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