ITS Integration Program National Evaluation Sites Summary Descriptions FY 2000

State of Delaware -- installation and integration of a statewide Integrated Transportation Management System (ITMS). In particular, lessons learned will focus on the steps taken to merge freeway, arterial, emergency, and transit management systems together; how to tie legacy systems to new systems; and the use of eXtensible Markup Language (XML) to manage and exchange data through the World Wide Web.  The State of Delaware has embarked on an aggressive project to instrument and monitor its critical 250 miles of roadway.  The goal of the project is to improve the operation of the facilities and the coordination of agencies within Delaware and neighboring states.

State of Idaho -- integration of roadway weather information systems to improve statewide weather monitoring coverage.  The State of Idaho has committed to improving travel and safety throughout the state through the use of integrated road weather information systems.  These systems will also be integrated with the National Weather Service and neighboring states to enhance driver information regarding road closures and conditions.

Greater Metro Capital Region -- integration of transportation and public safety data and voice communication systems in the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the District of Columbia.  The CapWin project is the first multi-state transportation and safety integrated wireless system in the U.S.  The project seeks to improve communications between safety and transportation officials within the region to reduce secondary crashes, reduce response time to crash victims, and improve travel conditions for the general public.

Greater Yellowstone -- integration of traveler information and road weather information systems for an area surrounding the Greater Yellowstone National Park.  This system includes wireless communications to provide travelers with real-time and forecasted weather information for the next 60 miles of travel along roadways in the region.  The area is vulnerable to harsh weather conditions including fog, flooding, whiteout conditions, and avalanches.  This system will provide travelers with information that will allow them to make informed decisions regarding their travel routes and behaviors.

South Tahoe, California -- merger of public and private transit resources into a bi-state, integrated, centrally dispatched operation using ITS technologies to increase efficiency and improve service.  The transit fleet of 51 vehicles will be equipped with Automatic Vehicle Location systems to coordinate service among transit resources.

Portland, Oregon -- integration and upgrade of a regional, multi-modal, traveler information system and the integration of a freeway/arterial corridor surveillance and control system.  The Portland, Oregon evaluation is a rich environment in which to gather ITS benefits information.  The evaluation will focus on several on-going projects including: a multi-modal, regional, traveler information system; the use of transit vehicles as moving speed sensors to gather information on network status; the integration of a freeway and arterial corridor to improve conditions on both facilities; and the improvement of an existing traveler information system focused on private vehicle mobility.

Grand Forks, North Dakota -- deployment of a roadway and subsurface sensor system that can assess and help forecast pavement conditions based on input ranging from subsurface temperature to frost depth.  The State of North Dakota is seeking to improve its roadway maintenance operations through the efficient use of resources and timely seasonal load restrictions to reduce damage to pavement surfaces, which occurs during seasonal freeze/thaw conditions.  The roadway sensor system will be tested to determine the level of accuracy and forecasting reliability that can be achieved by using the remote sensors.  Information gathered can then be used to implement or lift seasonal load restrictions at the proper time to limit damage to pavements while minimizing impact on productivity and mobility of heavy commercial vehicles.

Port of New York/New Jersey -- deployment of the CargoMate Logistics Information Management System (LIMS) to track intermodal assets at port terminals and tenant facilities in the ports of New York and New Jersey. 

Houston, Texas -- deployment of truck safety and monitoring systems within the greater Houston area.  Truck rollover warning systems will be deployed at various freeway interchanges within the Houston area to warn drivers of high speeds that are susceptible to load shifting and rollover.  In addition, a highway advisory radio system will be deployed that will include: freeway and traffic information; flood level on roadways; weather conditions; truck restrictions from certain lanes; and freeway construction and maintenance.  Such information is expected to be valuable to truckers traveling through Houston as well as the busy Port of Houston.

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