“Living Laboratories” Create Safer and Smoother Corridor Travel
The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) selected Dallas, TX and San Diego, CA to demonstrate their Integrated Corridor Management Systems (ICMS) as part of its ICM Initiative. These sites will become “living laboratories” in the fight against congestion to show that bumper-to-bumper traffic doesn’t have to be the status quo.
“These communities are leading the way by using state-of-the-art technologies to create a commute that is safer, less congested, and more convenient. America can’t simply build our way to a more modern and efficient transportation infrastructure,” says Ray LaHood, Secretary U.S. DOT. The vision of ICM is that metropolitan areas will realize significant improvements in the efficient movement of people and goods through aggressive and proactive integration and management of major transportation corridors. ICM will result in reduced travel times, delays, fuel consumption, and emissions, as well as increased travel reliability and predictability. During the demonstration the U.S. DOT will conduct an independent evaluation of each site’s ICM to determine if the system delivers the expected benefits. The evaluation will be completed by the end of 2014.
The ICM demonstration will consist of two phases: 1) design and deployment, and 2) operations and maintenance. The San Diego and Dallas ICMS demonstration will “go live” in 2012. San Diego will implement ICM on its I-15 Corridor; Dallas will implement ICM on its US-75 Corridor.
The Dallas (TX) ICM Vision for US-75
ICM will integrate the regional systems and operations along the US-75 corridor using a decentralized approach. Travelers will have access to real-time information about traffic and travel times, public transit, and parking availability through wireless and web-based alerts as well as dynamic message signs on the roads to help them plan their routes, and make adjustments as needed in response to changing conditions. The ICMS will also support improved incident management along the corridor.
How ICM will accomplish this?
Detectors will collect information on the current travel conditions on freeways, frontage roads, arterial streets, light-rail Red Line, Red Line park-and-ride lots, and High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes in the corridor. A decision support system (DSS) will help operators select the appropriate combination of ICM strategies to apply to different operational conditions. A DSS allows transportation managers to evaluate the optimum operational strategies and determine when and how to implement them. Operating agencies will share incident, construction, and special event information with each other through a common web interface. Transportation managers will be able to dynamically change traffic signal timing on arterials and frontage roads as well as direct travelers to faster roadways or transit facilities.
The US-75 ICM Demonstration is a collaborative effort led by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) in collaboration with the U.S. DOT, City of Dallas, Town of Highland Park, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA), City of Plano, City of Richardson, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and the City of University Park.
Dallas, T X: US-75
- ICM Corridor covers a 28-mile segment of US-75 and is the primary connector between Dallas and northern suburbs.
- Serves commuter, commercial, and regional trips.
- Weekday mainline traffic volumes reach 250,000 vehicles with 30,000 on frontage roads.
- 167 miles of arterial roadways.
- High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, Light Rail Transit (LRT), Bus Service, and Park-and-Ride lots.
For more information about the Dallas, TX, Demonstration Site contact: Koorosh Olyai Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) firstname.lastname@example.org
The San Diego (CA) ICM Vision for I-15
San Diego’s ICMS aims to proactively and collaboratively manage the I-15 corridor to maximize transportation system performance and enable travelers the opportunity to make convenient shifts among modes and routes. Improved mobility for people, goods, and services will be achieved by improving current levels of system integration and through continued collaboration among the corridor’s institutional partners and their native functional environments or systems. With ICM, actions taken by individual agencies or networks will be made based on the condition of and the impact on the entire corridor.
How ICM will accomplish this?
All corridor operations will be coordinated through the ICMS where corridor networks and agencies will share data and information and make changes for the benefit of the corridor’s operations. For example, operations personnel will adjust traffic signals and ramp meters to direct travelers to High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, bus rapid transit and other operations tools as needed. The DSS will forecast corridor performance problems and recommend response plans allowing proactive courses of action.
The I-15 ICM Demonstration is a collaborative effort led by the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) in collaboration with the U.S. DOT, California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the Metropolitan Transit System, the North County Transit District, and the cities of San Diego, Poway, and Escondido.
San Diego , CA: I-15
- ICM Corridor covers a 21-mile segment of I-15 and runs from SR-78 in the north to SR-163 interchange in the south.
- Serves commuter, goods, and services movement from northern San Diego to the downtown area.
- Weekday traffic volumes range from 170,000 to 290,000 vehicles on general purpose lanes.
- Managed Lanes and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) that will operate in the Managed Lanes.
- Dynamic variable pricing in the managed Lanes will help manage traffic flow.
For more information about the San Diego, CA, Demonstration Site contact: Alex Estrella San Diego Association of Governments email@example.com
U.S. DOT ICM Demonstration Goals:
- Show the corridor performance benefits ICM brings using realistic and useful metrics,
- Transfer ICM concepts from successful ICM deployments to other ICM adopters across the country
For more information on the ICM KTT or the U.S. DOT ICM Initative, please contact:
U.S. DOT/Research and Innovative
U.S. DOT/Federal Transit Administration
U.S. DOT/Federal Highway Administration
For more information on the U.S. DOT's ICM Intiative, please visit www.its.dot.gov/icms/index.htm