The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) research programs and is charged with advancing the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve the U.S.'s transportation system. RITA leads DOT in:
- Coordinating, facilitating and reviewing the Department’s research and development programs and activities;
- Advancing innovative technologies, including intelligent transportation systems (ITS);
- Performing comprehensive transportation statistics research, analysis and reporting; and
- Providing education and training in transportation and transportation-related fields.