Research And Innovative Technology Administration Law and Legal Definition

The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) is a unit within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The RITA was created in 2005, pursuant to the Research and Special Program Improvement Act. It coordinates the DOT’s research programs and is charged with advancing the deployment of cross-cutting technologies to improve the U.S. transportation system.

The RITA was created to advance transportation science, technology, and analysis, and to improve the coordination of transportation research within the DOT and throughout the transportation community.

The RITA is responsible for :

1. Coordinating and facilitating the DOT's research and development programs.

2. Supporting national efforts to improve education and training in transportation-related fields.

3. Sharing new technologies with the transportation system.

4. Offering transportation statistics and analysis for decision-making.