FHWA seeking Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Development & Support

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Architecture Development, Evolution, and Deployment Support

FHWA has a requirement for non-personal, off-site engineering and technical services for ongoing evolution and maintenance of the ITS reference architecture and associated toolsets along with deployment support to assist State and local agencies in developing and updating their own regional and project ITS architectures.  The Contractor shall provide staff, facilities, equipment and improvements, services, supplies, and materials necessary to meet FHWA's requirement in an efficient, cost-effective, and innovative manner.

The objective of this contract is to provide subject matter expertise, skills and capabilities, and contextual experience to assist in delivering the ITS Architecture Program, including supporting:

  1. The evolution of the ITS reference architecture as it expands into automated vehicles and infrastructure.
  2. The evolution of the toolsets: the Regional Architecture Development for Intelligent Transportation (RAD-IT) Tool and the Systems Engineering Tool for Intelligent Transportation (SET-IT).
  3. Statewide and regional ITS deployment; which encourages Statewide, regional, and jurisdictional interoperability and preparation for automation; through workshops, training, and other types of technical assistance.
  4. The integration of municipal architectures (e.g., utilities, healthcare, economy, social services, education, etc.) in support of the Smart City and Smart Corridor concepts as well as United States (US) border architectures (e.g., systems across borders with Canada and Mexico and with points of entry such as ports or landside airport operations).
  5. Legacy maintenance of the National ITS Architecture and toolsets.


The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) has a requirement to continue evolution and maintenance of the ITS National reference architecture and associated toolsets and to provide related deployment support services. Established in 1996, the National ITS reference architecture provides a common framework and language for planning, defining, and integrating ITS technologies into the transportation system in an interoperable, efficient way. In 2017, an updated and expanded reference architecture-the Architecture Reference for Cooperative and Intelligent Transportation (ARC-IT) and companion toolsets were introduced; adding additional viewpoints and toolset capabilities and expanding the scope of the architecture to more fully cover emerging wireless communications technologies to offer a foundation for enhanced connectivity and automated driving systems (ADS).