Get Access

If not already sponsored for RITIS by another agency or organization, most organizations involved with transportation operations, planning, research or traveler information, including emergency response planning and operations, are permitted to establish their own direct RITIS accounts. That involves choosing the tool suites or individual tools your organization wants to activate for your geographical area; confirming that the data streams required by those tools — live, historical, or both — can be arranged for; and then making the case to management for funding.

Requesting Access

Organizations are eligible for access to RITIS by means of sponsorship plans funded on their behalf by USDOT, a state DOT, or a local MPO. RITIS access is typically granted to government agencies (including Federal, state and local DOTs, MPOs, law enforcement, public safety, military, etc.) or consultants and researchers who are working on projects for a government partner. RITIS accounts are provided to individuals and should not be shared.

Request an Account Here

NOTE: You may not be able to see every feature and data source available in RITIS when you first create your account. While some features of RITIS are 100% free, others require funding. Some features and data, like the National Performance Monitoring Research Data Set (NPMRDS), require a signed data sharing agreement between your agency and INRIX before access can be granted.

Membership Plans

In most cases, a state department of transportation will fund the integration of their data into RITIS, and will then make their data (and the tools that can utilize them) freely available to all employees of the DOT and their partner agencies (like MPOs, City governments, law enforcement, toll authorities, transit providers, etc.). This is called a sponsorship “umbrella.”

Local governments (including county/city DOTs, transit authorities, MPOs, EMAs, Universities, Federal agencies, the private sector, etc.) can also fund the integration of their data into RITIS if they are not part of an existing sponsorship umbrella, and many have done so already.

A few tools and features within RITIS may cost more than others as they require significant more data storage and processing. To ensure states don’t get charged for data and tools they don’t use, these more costly tools are offered as add-ons to the standard RITIS offering. Two examples of add-on RITIS tools include:

In the coming months, this web site will include more detailed information on the different packages and options. Until then, we encourage you to contact us at support@ritis.org for pricing and other questions about access.

Funding

The initial development of the complex hardware and software systems that comprise the RITIS platform and its 31 analytical tools were paid for largely with grants and agency user fees over the past period of 12 years. To date, well over $30M has been invested in the RITIS platform—making it one of the largest pooled-fund systems in the country. New agencies benefit from this prior investment, and only need to pay for the following:

Annual RITIS Platform O&M

The annual cost of sustaining & updating the RITIS platform (hardware, networking, maintenance, etc.), and technical & customer support for the nearly 8,000 users. The annual RITIS platform fee sustains a staff of more than 40 full-time professional staff that operate and maintain the system 24/7/365.

Annual Data Integration & Storage

For the agency’s state or region, the costs to ingest (and sometimes license), set up, format, store, and maintain the data streams from the agency’s systems, partners, or vendors.

Custom Development (optional)

Any new feature, tool, or capability wanted and commissioned by the agency. When an agency wants to add a feature to the RITIS Platform, it may directly fund new work by itself or pool resources with another agency to jointly fund new work.Once completed, new tools or features become available to all RITIS members — each interested agency only needs to pay the costs of making that tool work for its own region (often, just the cost for local data).

Annual costs are typically based on the size of the state/MPO, the add-ons chosen, and the complexity and size of their data feeds. In the coming months, this web site will include more detailed information on the various funding models, costs, etc. for joining the RITIS program. Until then, we encourage you to contact us for pricing and other questions about access.

You can reach us at support@ritis.org, and we can schedule a call or send you additional information on options.

For agencies specifically interested in the NPMRDS Pooled Fund Study offered through AASHTO, please click here or contact Matt Hardy with AASHTO (mhardy@aashto.org) for more information on pricing and how to become a Pooled Fund Member.

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