In the current issue (Vol 7 No 3) of Thinking Highways, Bob McQueen wrote about “the readiness of the ITS industry to cope with the impending flood of new data.” He makes an important point. Agencies and suppliers must come to grips with the sheer volume of this impending flood of data and how to make the best use of it. This is as true for work zone systems as it is for every other ITS system. This is data that most agencies have not had before. They often won’t know how to use it until they have taken the time to understand what it means to their operations. Certainly the more open the data source and the more standardized we can make the format, the better it will be for everyone.