“The House, under bill H.R. 7, chose to maintain the current funding level for ITS research at $110 million per year through fiscal year 2016. The Senate bill, S. 1813, only authorizes spending for two years and cuts the funding to $100 million annually. That $100 million would also be split, with at least half going to a program to help fund state and local efforts to deploy ITS technology, including such things as variable message signs.
“Some 70 to 80 percent of the ITS research funding goes to support various aspects of the Connected Vehicle program, said Row, and splitting the funding would have a ‘major impact.’”