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Concept of Operations

In this phase ICM stakeholders will develop a Concept of Operations (ConOps) that defines the ICM system, including what the system must do, what constraints the system will have placed on it, what system performance must be achieved, what operational modes the system will include, and how users will interact with the system.

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Integrated Corridor Management Systems Lessons Learned The Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) coordinates the posting of the lessons to their Lessons Learned Knowledge Resource. This link contains a list of Lessons Learned related to Integrated Corridor Management Systems (ICMS). The lessons learned were submitted by agencies and organizations around the country. A user can scroll through all of the lessons learned that have been submitted that relate to ICMS and click on lessons that they would like to read more about. Each lesson also contains contact information for the person who submitted the lesson. Lessons posted to this web site should not be considered as official policy or guidance from USDOT. This web site can be used when starting to implement ICMS to learn from the experiences of other agencies and organizations. Transportation infrastructure engineers, managers and operators interested in lessons learned by organizations implementing ICMS on their corridors.
Develop Criteria for Delineating a Corridor Presents several guidelines and concepts that need to be considered when determining and delineating corridor boundaries. Its also discusses several approaches for utilizing these concepts and guidelines to identify the boundaries of a corridor. Transportation professionals in the field involved in some stage of the ICM lifecycle can use this document to help them define their ICM corridor, its boundaries, scope and reach. Transportation infrastructure managers and operators 4/06
Relationship Between Corridor Management and Regional Management Compares and contrasts Integrated Corridor Management and Regional Management, identifying the similarities, differences, and relationships between Integrated Corridor Management and Regional Management. Transportation professionals at all levels involved in ICM or regional planning for operations efforts can use this document to help them understand the similarities and distinctions between concepts and terminology of regional management, regional ITS Architectures and ICM as well as how these concepts relate to each other. Transportation professionals at all levels (Federal, State and local) 4/06
Generic ICM Concept of Operations This is a high-level Concept of Operations (Con Ops) for a "generic" 15 mile-corridor, consisting of freeway, arterial, bus and rail networks, and serving a central business district. The document's primary purpose is to provide an example of an ICM Con Ops that can be used by agency and network owners as the basis for developing their own corridor-specific and real-world Concept of Operations. Transportation professionals in the field seeking to implement ICM can use this document to develop their own concepts of operation for ICM. It can also help transportation professionals at all levels (Federal, State and local) understand all of the elements involved in ICM. It is intended to help practitioners flexibly design their own custom, tailored concept of operations based on their corridor's unique conditions and requirements.
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  • All information about the generic corridor herein is purely fictional, fabricated based on the Project Team's collective experience, to provide a basis for describing the ICM operational concepts herein. The CONOPS for a real corridor will have more information.
  • The actual situation for most real-world corridors will undoubtedly be different from this generic corridor in terms of network types and other corridor characteristics, stakeholders, institutional and technical environments and the ICM concept and operational capabilities as discussed herein. Accordingly, users should tailor the information and/or sections within each chapter of this Generic CONOPS to develop their site-specific ICM CONOPS to meet any and all of their unique corridor conditions.
  • The generic corridor and the associated CONOPS does not attempt to be all-inclusive with respect to the types of networks that might be included within a corridor, the ICM stakeholders, and the operational approaches and strategies to be deployed.
Transportation agency and/or network owners

Transportation professionals at all levels (Federal, State and local)
4/06
Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Quarterly Newsletter – Winter 2008 This issue of the Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative’s newsletter, from Winter 2008, provides a detailed introduction to each of the 8 Pioneer Sites selected by USDOT. The concept of operations and analysis, modeling, and simulation (AMS) phases of the Initiative are discussed. Transportation engineers and the general public can use this document to learn about the activities of the ICM Initiative and get a high-level understanding of the Initiative’s goals, progress, and future plans. Transportation infrastructure engineers, managers and operators interested in learning about the ICM Initiative’s progress to date. 1/08
Concept of Operations for the I-394 Corridor in Minneapolis, Minnesota This Concept of Operations (Con Ops) document describes how an Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) system can effectively manage traffic and inform travelers throughout the corridor for the I-394 corridor in Minneapolis. The I-394 corridor serves as the core of a corridor that is critical to the movement of the over one million residents of Hennepin County. This corridor is served by a combination of three inter-related networks (a freeway network, a series of arterial highways, and a sophisticated transit system operated by three transit agencies). A driving tour of the corridor reveals a network of transit parking facilities, high occupant vehicle (HOV) bypasses; a freeway system that serves as the primary inbound/outbound access as well as serving to connect parallel access routes; and an arterial system that is coordinated and operates effectively and efficiently. In addition, innovations such as congestion pricing through High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, shoulder access to buses, and reversible commuter lanes further add to the potential of the corridor. Transportation professionals in the field seeking to implement ICM can use this document as a guide to develop their own concept of operation for ICM. Concept exploration is the first step in the ICM lifecycle. Transportation infrastructure managers and operators interested to optimize their multimodal transportation networks through ICM. 3/08
Concept of Operations for the I-270 Corridor in Montgomery County, Maryland This document presents the Concept of Operations (Con Ops) for an Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) system along the I-270 Corridor in Montgomery County, Maryland. It progresses logically from a discussion of characteristics and conditions in the corridor, to an examination of the corridor's transportation operational needs, to identification of an integrated management concept for addressing those needs. The corridor measures approximately 20 miles in length and consists of a variety of transportation networks, including the Freeway Network (including I-270); the Arterial and Connector Route Network (including MD-355); the MARC Commuter Rail Network; the Metrorail Network; the MTA Commuter Bus Network; the Metrobus Network, and; the Ride On Network. Transportation professionals in the field seeking to implement ICM can use this document as a guide to develop their own concepts of operation for ICM. Concept exploration is the first step in the ICM lifecycle. Transportation infrastructure engineers, managers and operators interested to optimize their multimodal transportation networks through ICM. 3/08
Concept of Operations for the I-15 Corridor in San Diego, California This Concept of Operations (Con Ops) document provides an overview of the San Diego region's Integrated Corridor Management System (ICMS) concept, describes current operations in the I-15 corridor, how they will function in the near term once the ICMS concept is operational, and identifies current and future responsibilities of San Diego regional stakeholders. The 21-mile I-15 corridor, including a Managed Lanes section, is already a model for the multi-modal deployment of the latest and evolving technologies for data collection, demand management, and pricing strategies. The San Diego region continues to seek the benefits of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) through capital investments in transit, highway, and arterial systems, while focusing on data sharing through early adoption of the Regional ITS Architecture. Transportation professionals in the field seeking to implement ICM can use this document as a guide to develop their own concept of operation for ICM. Concept exploration is the first step in the ICM lifecycle. Transportation infrastructure engineers, managers and operators interested to optimize their multimodal transportation networks through ICM. 3/08
USDOT Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative Transit Data Gaps for Bus Transit Systems Initial Planning Workshop This document contains the notes from the USDOT Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Transit Data Gaps for Bus Transit Systems Initial Planning Workshop. Workshop participants discussed the primary issues surrounding the integration of bus transit into an ICM approach. Specific data gaps were also identified. Conclusions were also drawn about the current status of bus transit and the system’s reactions to events that could be handled using an ICM approach Transportation professionals in the field seeking to implement ICM can use this document to gain insight into how to overcome data gaps that exist with regard to bus transit systems when trying to integrate a multimodal network Transportation agency or network owners, transportation professionals, infrastructure engineers interested in optimizing multimodal transportation networks 5/08
USDOT Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative Transit Data Gaps for Rail Transit Systems Initial Planning Workshop This document presents the notes taken at the USDOT Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Transit Data Gaps for Rail Transit Systems Initial Planning Workshop. During the workshop participants discussed different scenarios for handling increased demand on rail and bus transit systems; the gaps in data collection that exist in rail and bus transit; and what current obstacles exist to collecting more data. This document also includes the steps that the Pioneer Sites corridors are taking to lessen the data gaps through technological advancements such as automatic people counters and real-time transit information Transportation professionals in the field seeking to implement ICM can use this document to gain insight into how to overcome data gaps that exist with regard to rail transit systems when trying to integrate a multimodal network Transportation agency or network owners, transportation professionals, infrastructure engineers interested in optimizing multimodal transportation networks 6/08
Integrated Corridor Management Analysis Results for the Test Corridor This report documents the Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) analysis, modeling and simulation (AMS) tools and strategies used on the I-880 Test Corridor in San Francisco, California. This report presents the results from the AMS process, discusses lessons learned, and how AMS can be used to support benefit-cost assessment for the successful implementation of ICM. AMS was used to analyze a number of different ICM strategies, which include: highway traveler information, transit traveler information, freeway ramp metering, HOT lane, arterial traffic signal coordination, and combinations of these strategies. The report contains detailed graphs of the operational conditions tested and relates these operational conditions to benefits-costs for different ICM strategies as well as the performance measures used in the analysis. Transportation engineers in the field seeking to implement ICM can use this document as a reference when understanding the ICM AMS framework and applying it to their corridors' needs. Readers can tailor the AMS approach used in the Test Corridor to their corridor's needs, unique conditions, and existing tools Transportation infrastructure managers and operators interested to optimize their multimodal transportation networks through ICM 6/08
Webinar Series - Integrated Corridor Management Initiative: Showcasing the ICM Pioneer Sites A series of three webinars were held in July 2008 to promote the United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative’s 8 Pioneer Sites (the sites are: Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX, San Diego, CA, Oakland, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Seattle, WA, and Montgomery County, MD). Each Pioneer Site gave a presentation about the operational, institutional, and technical aspects of their site, their findings thus far in the Initiative, and the lessons that they have learned. These webinars covered: 1. What is ICM? 2. The goal of ICM, the primary performance measures, and the expected benefits . 3. The path to implement ICM and achieve the goals; and where each ICM Pioneer Site is on this path. 4. A discussion of the operational, institutional, and technical aspects of the ICM system for each pioneer site. This will include an overview of the ICM concept of operations and system requirements specifications for each Pioneer Site 5. Lessons learned from the Pioneer Sites. The link for this entry takes you to a page with recordings, podcasts, transcripts, and PowerPoint presentations from each webinar. The Adobe Media Player is required to view the recordings (.flv files). The recording files contain both the audio and visual components of each webinar. Each individual presentation was also recorded as an MP3 file, allowing you to listen to the audio on any player that plays MP3 files. The transcripts were created in real time and may contain some errors. They are meant to serve as a companion to the recordings and the presentations. This web site can be used to learn about the 8 Pioneer Sites and to raise awareness about the ICM Initiative. Transportation infrastructure engineers, managers and operators interested in learning about the experiences of the 8 Pioneer Sites. 6/08
USDOT Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative Transit Data Gap Action Plan Workshop Notes This document contains the notes from the USDOT Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Transit Data Gap Action Plan Workshop. Participants discussed different methods for counting passengers, potential manufacturers, and barriers to real-time data collection of passenger numbers. In addition, the need for a dedicated communications infrastructure for transit communications was also addressed by the attendees at the workshop Transportation professionals in the field seeking to implement ICM can use this document to gain insight into how to overcome data gaps that exist with regard to rail and bus transit systems when trying to integrate a multimodal network Transportation agency or network owners, transportation professionals, infrastructure engineers interested in optimizing multimodal transportation networks 2/09
Concept of Operations for the IH-10 Corridor in San Antonio, TX This ICM Concept of Operations was developed under the project titled “TransGuide Integrated Corridor Management – Stage 1” as part of the USDOT’s Integrated Corridor Management program. The TransGuide™ ICM Concept of Operations document provides an overall vision and description of how ICM will be implemented in the San Antonio IH-10 corridor. San Antonio, Texas was selected as one of eight ICM pioneer sites for the development of Concepts of Operations, corridor data modeling, and development of functional requirements. This Concept of Operations document was developed in coordination with the San Antonio ICM team that includes the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) San Antonio District as the lead agency. Additional stakeholders include the City of San Antonio (CoSA), VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA), Southwest Research Institute ® (SwRI ®), and the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). Section 1.0 provides the scope of the document. Section 2.0, Operational Concepts, first provides a background description of the stakeholders, corridor, individual transportation networks, and needs. In addition it provides and documents the vision of how ICM operations will occur within the corridor. Section 3.0, Supported Operations, describes a number of operational scenarios that provide working examples of how ICM operations will occur in specific circumstances. Notes are included in Section 4.0. Transportation professionals in the field seeking to implement ICM can use this document as a guide to develop their own concept of operation for ICM. Concept exploration is the first step in the ICM lifecycle. Transportation infrastructure managers and operators interested to optimize their multimodal transportation networks through ICM. 3/09
Concept of Operations for the I-880 Corridor in Oakland, California This report describes the draft Concept of Operations that has been developed for the Integrated Corridor Mobility (ICM) program by the I-880 corridor team. The I-880 corridor team has defined this Concept of Operations (ConOps) based on two primary principles: (1) it must improve overall corridor performance by meeting the needs of the local stakeholder agencies, within their practical operational, institutional and financial constraints; and (2) it must focus on integration of pre-existing systems rather than on implementation of new equipment or infrastructure. Transportation professionals in the field seeking to implement ICM can use this document as a guide to develop their own concept of operation for ICM. Concept exploration is the first step in the ICM lifecycle. Transportation infrastructure engineers, managers and operators interested to optimize their multimodal transportation networks through ICM. 5/09
US-75 Integrated Corridor Management: Concept of Operations and Requirements Development Fact Sheet Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) developed this fact sheet to provide a high level overview of the purpose and contents of the ICM Concept of Operations (ConOps) and Requirements documents developed for the US-75 Dallas demonstration corridor. This document can be used as an example of how to introduce and describe the need for an ICM Concept of Operations and Requirements document to the public and/or decision-makers. Transportation and public affairs/marketing professionals at all levels seeking to raise awareness in their area or organization about the ICM ConOps and Requirements and/or learn more about the Dallas demonstration site. 12/09
Concept of Operations: Dallas Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Demonstration Project This document is intended as a high-level Concept of Operations (Con Ops) for the US-75 Corridor in Dallas consisting of freeway, continuous frontage roads, light-rail line, transit bus service, park-and-ride lots, major regional arterial streets, toll roads, bike trails, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). The purpose of this Con Ops is to answer the questions of who, what, when, where, why and how for the application of an Integrated Corridor Management System (ICM) within this corridor. This Con Ops also defines the roles and responsibilities of the participating agencies and other involved entities. Transportation professionals in the field seeking to implement ICM can use this document as a guide to develop their own concept of operation for ICM. Concept exploration is the first step in the ICM lifecycle. Transportation infrastructure engineers, managers and operators interested to optimize their multimodal transportation networks through ICM. 2/10
Integrated Corridor Management Session SS24 Presentation at the ITS America 2010 Annual Meeting These slides were presented by Steven Mortensen, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Program Manager, at the ITS America 2010 Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas. The presentation provided an overview of the ICM Initiative, background about the eight Pioneer Sites, and lessons learned through the development of Concept of Operations and Systems Requirements documents at each of the Pioneer Sites. Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation (AMS) activities, as part of Phase 3 of the Initiative, are also discussed at a high level, including a table of strategies being modeled at each of the 3 AMS Pioneer Sites (Minneapolis, San Diego, and Dallas). The slides include a status update on the progress of the Pioneer Site AMS activities. Lastly, a preliminary demonstration schedule for the two ICM Implementation Pioneer Sites (Dallas and San Diego). Users can read this presentation to get a status update of the AMS activities in Minneapolis, San Diego, and Dallas, and get an overview of the ICM Implementation activities in Dallas and San Diego. Transportation practitioners interested in the status of the USDOT’s ICM Initiative and its activities at the Pioneer Sites. 5/10
Integrated Corridor Management–US 75 This presentation provides an overview of the Dallas ICM Pioneer site and its progress towards demonstrating ICM. The Dallas Site agency partners and the technical support team are reviewed, and a chart of the physical architecture is shown. Strategies, support tools, lessons learned, and conclusions are reviewed, along with the system, susbsystem, support systems, and information exchange tool. Users can read this presentation to get a status update of the ICM demonstration in Dallas Transportation practitioners interested in the status of the USDOT’s ICM Initiative and its activities at the Pioneer Sites. 11/10
I-95/I-395 Integrated Corridor Management Initiative This presentation provides an overview of the I-95/I-395 ICM project in Northern Virginia, which is being conducted independently from the USDOT ICM Initiative. The presentation introduces the corridor and the need for ICM. It describes the project development process (specifically, Concept of Operations development) and the ICM strategies being deployed, including comparative travel time and parking information, active traffic management, and enhanced signal operations.Lastly, it introduces the functional system architecture and deployment process for the decision support system. Users can view this presentation to gain a detailed overview of the I-95/I-395 ICM Project in Northern Virginia and the components of their ICM deployment. Transportation practitioners interested in learning more about the I-95/I-395 ICM Project. 5/12
The I-80 Integrated Corridor Mobility (ICM) Project This presentation provides an overview of the I-80 ICM project in Alameda County, CA, which is being conducted independently from the USDOT ICM Initiative. The presentation introduces the corridor and describes the need for ICM. It also describes the ICM strategies being applied, including freeway management, arterial management, transit management, traveler information, traffic surveillance and monitoring, incident management, and adaptive ramp metering. Users can view this presentation to gain an overview of the I-80 ICM Project in Alameda County, CA and the components of their ICM deployment. Transportation practitioners interested in learning more about the I-80 ICM Project. 5/12
Integrated Corridor Management: Implementation Guide and Lessons Learned The purpose of this ICM Implementation Guide is to provide information to ICM “early adopters” on how to plan, develop, deploy, operate, and maintain an ICM system (ICMS). The Guide describes the phases in the ICMS life cycle and the associated deliverables for each phase, focusing on how the ICM Pioneer Sites addressed each phase. The guide also discusses typical issues (lessons learned) that arose during the U.S. DOT’s research initiative. Transportation professionals who will be involved in some stage of the ICM lifecycle can use this document to gain a high-level overview of the process steps needed to develop, implement and operate an ICM system. It can also help transportation professionals at all levels (Federal, State and local) who are generally interested to learn more about what ICM is and how to implement it. Transportation project managers who wish to implement an ICMS in their region 2/15

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