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Title: Integrating Safety Into The Transportation Planning Process


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Integrating Safety Into TheTransportation
Planning Process
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Integrating Safety and Planning
  • What MDOT Is Doing
  • Investment Planning Program Development
  • Project Analysis
  • TMS/Safety Management System
  • Long Range Safety Goal

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Investment Planning and Program Development
  • Annual and multi-year investment strategy to meet
    our goals
  • Safety is always our first concern
  • MDOTs Safety Program has a Goal

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Investment Planning and Program Development
  • Goal of MDOTs Safety Program is

To serve the publics transportation needs
through application of comprehensive highway
traffic engineering technology participating in
all phases of the departments effort to reduce
traffic crashes and injuries, vehicle delay, fuel
consumption, pollution, and operating costs by
increasing safety, efficiency, and capacity of
the state highway trunkline system.
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Investment Planning and Program Development
  • MDOTs safety efforts are divided into five
    general programs investing 50 million annually
  • Safety Improvements
  • Signing
  • Traffic Signals
  • Pavement Marking
  • Guardrails
  • Each program has performance goals and measures

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Project Level Analysis
  • Build safety into all Capital Projects
  • Each project, as it is scoped and developed is
    reviewed for safety considerations
  • Where improvements are necessary, they are
    incorporated into the project.
  • Safety specialists in Lansing and MDOT Regions

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TMS/Safety Management System
  • One of the six components of the Transportation
    Management System (TMS) computer application
  • Decision support tool for analyzing vehicular
    crashes and the roads on which they occur
  • Provides for identification, analysis, and
    implementation of engineering improvements at
    high crash locations

8
TMS/Safety Management System
  • Allows for effective management of federal
    dollars used for safety projects
  • Users can access crash data and road features
  • Perform route based, time of return, and peer
    group analyses

9
TMS/Safety Management System
  • SMS is important in developing effective programs
    that promote traffic safety
  • In conjunction with OHSP and law enforcement
    programs include
  • Click It or Ticket
  • Drive Michigan Safely
  • Dont be Road Kill

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TMS/Safety Management System
  • Crash Reporting Information System (CRIS)
  • Similar crash information as SMS
  • Produces standardized reports for customer use

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Other Safety Efforts
  • RoadSoft
  • Crash analyses module and road data
  • Primary source of crash information for most
    Michigan counties and local agencies
  • Safety Programs of other MDOT Divisions
  • MULTI-MODAL - Rail Safety Section and Local Grade
    Crossing Program

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State Long Range Plan Safety Goal
  • The Safety Goal Is . . .

Promote the safety and security of the
transportation system for users and passengers,
pedestrians, and motorized and non-motorized
vehicles. smallm_at_michigan.gov
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Safety Objectives
  • Continually reduce the crash rate and severity
  • Participate in education efforts and public
    information campaigns
  • Work with service providers, local communities,
    and enforcement offices to improve user safety
  • Identify and address the needs of aging drivers
    and pedestrians

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Safety Conscious Planning
  • Metropolitan Planning Processes

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Metropolitan Planning
  • The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st
    Century requires that the metropolitan planning
    process shall provide for consideration of
    projects and strategies that will increase the
    safety and security of the transportation system
    for motorized and non-motorized users..

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Safety Conscious Planning
  • A proactive approach to the prevention of
    accidents and unsafe transportation conditions by
    establishing inherently safe transportation
    networks. SCP achieves road safety improvements
    through small, but measurable changes, targeted
    at the whole network.

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Safety Conscious Planning
  • The short-term objective is to integrate safety
    considerations into the transportation planning
    processes at all levels, such as the
    Transportation Improvement Plans developed by the
    Metropolitan Planning Organizations

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Safety Conscious Planning
  • As a long term objective, the consideration of
    safety objectives will be incorporated into the
    20 year plans that the MPO's are required to
    prepare and periodically update.

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Safety Conscious Planning
  • Benefits
  • Increased awareness of safety within the
    community
  • Saving lives, reducing injuries and crashes
  • A more comprehensive community Safety plan
  • Improved ability to predict outcomes and update
    initiatives
  • Decrease in overall transportation expenses

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SCP - Phase I
  • Each MPO is developing a safety profile and will
    hold a safety forum as a starting point for
    integrating safety conscious planning into the
    metropolitan planning process.

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Crash Summary/Profile
  • The ability to collect and analyze traffic crash
    data is critical to understanding potential
    transportation issues.
  • Data tables and maps showing critical components
    of traffic crash information is available at
    state, county and local levels.

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Traffic Safety Forum
  • Organize a meeting with key traffic safety
    partners within your community and review how
    safety can provide the following benefits
  • Increased awareness of safety within the
    community
  • Save lives, reduce injuries and crashes
  • Create a more comprehensive community Safety plan
  • Improve the ability to analyze data and predict
    outcomes
  • Decrease overall transportation expenses

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Crash Summary - Data Table Example
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SCP Phase II
  • Identification of the best method for areawide
    integration
  • Attend at a 1 day training seminar on the
    systematic and organized approach to safety
    conscious planning.
  • Member agency workshops to identify goals and
    performance measures.
  • Development of the process and a timetable for
    integrating the goals and performance measures
    into the project identification and selection
    process.

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Next Step Determine how to integrate SCP into
the overall transportation plan.
  • Adopt SCP language in transportation related
    documents.
  • Create a communication plan explaining why SCP
    is important and how the community will
    benefit from SCP.
  • Develop a method to identify priority projects
    and issues
  • Provide a feedback mechanism to gauge the effect
    and effectiveness of SCP and to identify
    improvement opportunities
  • Review current and future projects to determine
    if safety has been incorporated into the overall
    plan

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Implementation
Identify Target Locations
Conduct Safety Study
Conduct a Benefit Cost Analysis
Develop Project Funding Strategy
Design and Construct Improvements
Evaluate safety and economic benefits of the
improvements.
Conduct Post Improvement Evaluation Study
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The Key
Partnerships between various organizations that
have an interest in safety are critical to
providing our constituents with a safe,
manageable and efficient roadway system.
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ConclusionFor safety to be an integral part of
our efforts it must be incorporated into our
programs
LONG RANGE PLANNING ? INVESTMENT STRATEGIES
? PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT ? PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
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Final Thought
  • Safety First !
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