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September 5, 2013
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USTDA SUPPORTS INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM TECHNOLOGIES IN COLOMBIA
Supports the Design of Two New Pilot Projects to Demonstrate ITS Technologies

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA – USTDA has awarded a grant for technical assistance to support the Colombian Ministry of Transport in its efforts to develop a plan for the implementation of intelligent transportation systems (ITS).  The technical assistance will include an analysis of the applicability of various ITS technologies in Colombia, including the definition of two pilot programs to be selected from a diverse set of potential ITS applications.

"USTDA is pleased to assist Colombia's Ministry of Transport with the adoption of ITS technologies, which will reduce transportation delays and congestion as well as lower environmental impacts," said USTDA Regional Director Nathan Younge.

The Colombian Ministry of Transport is evaluating ITS technologies as a means of increasing the effectiveness of its control and management of Colombia's highway and transport systems and to facilitate the introduction of a congestion pricing policy in Bogotá and other major cities.  The Government of Colombia's longer term objectives for the incorporation of ITS technologies include improving highway safety, increasing compliance with government regulations, enhancing security, ensuring revenue generation and making maximum use of existing infrastructure.  This assistance will identify short- and medium-term milestones for the acquisition and implementation of ITS technology by the Ministry of Transport, major cities, and public and private transport operators.

The grant agreement follows a series of complementary USTDA-organized reverse trade missions designed to introduce delegates from the region to ITS technologies.

The opportunity to conduct the USTDA-funded technical assistance will be competed through Federal Business Opportunities. A link to the FBO announcement will be posted to USTDA's website at www.ustda.gov. Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcement.

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

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