Transport Society envisions safe, fast movement throughout Ethiopia

An organization trying to reduce accidents, improve the transportation system and keep Ethiopia moving forward as it develops its infrastructure is coming to the country this year.
The Intelligent Transport System (ITS) society will work to improve safety and mobility in transportation through networking, sharing ideas and partnering with the public and private sector to help communities take ownership of traffic issues by making people aware of how important mobility and safety are.  The society will work with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Transportation and the Municipality of Addis Ababa along with the Diaspora and eventually regional states to influence policy, support developers and stakeholders working to improve transportation.
Abiyu Berlie, a specialist in the area of ITS with 20 years of experience in the field in the United States, will spearhead the project in Ethiopia which will become the second country on the continent, next to South Africa, to have an ITS Society. 
Organizers at an ITS workshop on Tuesday April 17, 2012, at Kaleb Hotel said that even though the idea, which has been studied for three years,  is new to Ethiopia, the society will be working with different engineering companies and Ministry of Transportation to make it a success. 
The non-profit society plans to use computer and communication technology to improve the transportation system by fostering an environment where highways, public transportation and trains can be better managed to ease congestion and respond to difficult road way circumstances.
The society envisions a future where all forms of transportation will be so well managed that anyone regardless of circumstance or location can get where they need to go quickly, easily and safely. 
They plan to do this by responding to needs of customers, using innovation and evaluating the performance of the transportation network.
Anyone interested in improving traffic safety and mobility can join the society.  It’s is likely to include the transportation industry, educators, public agencies, the business community, Diaspora and community members.

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