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Diverse Coalition of Business, Environmental & Transportation Leaders Urge President Obama to Invest in Smart Technologies to Accelerate Job Creation & Economic Recovery

Source: ITS America - Dec. 17, 2009

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 - A diverse coalition that includes the world’s largest business association, environmental and Smart Growth advocates, public safety organizations, highway, transit and automotive associations, former Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters, and other transportation leaders joined forces to urge President Obama to invest in the deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to accelerate job creation and economic recovery.

The coalition of some 70 public and private sector and academic leaders joined the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) in signing a letter to Obama outlining the numerous economic, environmental, and transportation benefits of investing in ITS technologies.

"As you work with Congress to draft a jobs bill, we urge you to invest in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and operational improvements that will expand green jobs, small businesses and the smart-tech industry while also saving lives, time and money by preventing traffic crashes, improving emergency response, reducing congestion, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, improving transportation system performance, and creating more livable, sustainable communities," ITS America President and CEO Scott F. Belcher and the coalition wrote to Obama.

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