Transportation is vital to our society’s proper functioning, providing mobility of people, goods, and services. It enables people to access job markets and participate in recreational, cultural, educational, and social activities, let alone enable/drive industry value chains. Moving products to their destination in time for their use is essential in today’s fast-paced world. The transportation field also is a major contributor to the economy, as a consumer of resources and as a supplier of jobs. IT, especially in light of emerging information technologies, is fundamental to transportation.
Transportation functions in a very complex environment which, at the beginning of the 21st Century, is characterized by constant change in the technological, regulatory, and legal frameworks. Transportation professionals must not only be able to meet the technological challenges of new systems and emerging technologies, they must also be capable of fitting these systems into the social, economic, and physical environments in a manner that improves the quality of life for all stakeholders, while ensuring competitive advantage.