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Title: Regional Concept for Transportation Operations: An action plan to address transportation operations in Southeast Michigan Talking Technology


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Regional Concept for Transportation
Operations An action plan to address
transportation operations in Southeast Michigan
Talking Technology Transportation (T3)
Webinar July 25, 2007 Tom Bruff, Coordinator/Seni
or Engineer Southeast Michigan Council of
Governments
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What is RCTO?
  • Provides a common vision
  • Provides a business plan approach
  • Motivation (Why?)
  • Operations objective (What?)
  • An approach (How?)
  • Resource arrangements, relationships, and
    procedures

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St. Clair
Macomb
Oakland
Livingston
Wayne
City of Detroit
Washtenaw
4.9 million people
Monroe
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  • 233 local units of government
  • 7 county road agencies
  • 2 MDOT regions
  • 227 law enforcement agencies

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Infrastructure Realities
  • Essential for quality of life and business
  • More efficient
  • Look at all pieces holistically
  • Not enough investment

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What do we operate?
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22,800 miles of public road
4,884 miles of truck routes
Over 3,500 bridges
140 million vehicle miles traveled daily
Over 5,400 traffic signals
1,000 miles currently congested
Over 138,000 crashes
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Other Investments
  • Non-motorized
  • Transit
  • Drinking water
  • Sewers
  • Parks
  • Schools

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Sources of Congestion National Summary
Traffic Congestion and Reliability Linking
Solutions to Problems, FHWA (July 2004)
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Transportation Systems Management and Operations
  • Sharing resources
  • Preserving capacity
  • Improving security, safety, reliability
  • Collaborating, coordinating on regional operations

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TSMO Activities
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  • Congestion management
  • Traffic incident management
  • Traveler information
  • Electronic payment services (e.g., transit,
    parking, tolls)
  • Emergency response and homeland security
  • International Border Crossings
  • Traffic signal coordination
  • Road weather management
  • Freight management
  • Work zone traffic management
  • Freeway/arterial management
  • Communications network

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Building Upon Past Successes
MDOT Freeway Courtesy Patrol
Michigan ITS Center
Southeast Michigan Snow Ice Management
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Purpose of an RCTO
  • Sets direction, purpose
  • Helps bridge differing perspectives, priorities,
    cultures
  • Clarifies roles, responsibilities, resources
  • Enhances credibility of operations needs
  • Facilitates coordination

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Elements of an RCTO
  • Regional operations vision
  • Operations objectives
  • Physical improvements (approach)
  • Relationships and procedures
  • Resource arrangements

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Southeast Michigan RCTO Vision
  • Southeast Michigan will have reliable and
    managed transportation operations across
    jurisdictional, geographic and modal boundaries
    for both routine traffic operations and traffic
    incident management that saves lives, time, and
    money for its travelers.

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Proposed Operations Network
Special Events
Courtesy Patrol
Traffic Incident Management Planning
Vehicle Infrastructure Integration
Arterial (Operations) Traffic Management
Freeway Operations
Abandoned Vehicles
Traffic Signal Coordination
Regional Operations Steering Committee
Communications (Urban Area Security Initiative,
PSAPs)
Transit Operations
Maintenance
Border Operations
SEMSIM
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How Do We Achieve This?
  • Identify, communicate expectations
  • Unprecedented levels of coordination
  • Promote regional partnerships/cooperation
  • Achieving the vision through commitment

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Top Stakeholder Suggestions
  • Identify arterial streets as priority corridors
  • Retime traffic signals regularly
  • Disseminate operations information
  • Clearing incidents quickly and safely

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Criteria for Identifying Priority Corridors
  • Initial recommendations provided during
    stakeholder interviews
  • Other possible criteria
  • Borders multiple communities
  • Evacuation routes
  • Alternatives (detours) to the freeway system
  • Functional classification/traffic volumes

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National Traffic Signal Report Card by NTOC
  • Traffic signals are not operating as efficiently
    as they could be
  • Poor signal progression leads to unnecessary
    delays
  • Frequent stops and starts also negatively impact
    the air we breath and
  • More fuel is consumed.

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Clearing Incidents Quickly and Safety Quick
Clearance Laws Needed
  • Driver Removal Law
  • Authority Removal Law
  • Hold Harmless Law

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Disseminating Operations Information
VideoMonitor Website
MDOT MITS Center Control Room
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Balancing Team Members Goals
  • Transportation agencies limited by mode and
    jurisdiction
  • Enforcement agencies concerned with lowering
    crime statistics
  • Public safety agencies concerned with crash scene
    management

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Flexibility is Key!
  • Many organizational structures
  • Many budgeting approaches
  • Many operational procedures
  • Many ways of measuring performance

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For More Information
  • SEMCOGs Web site www.semcog.org/ TranPlan/Operati
    ons/index.htm
  • Contact SEMCOG at 313-961-4266
  • Ms. Wei Chen, Transportation Engineer,
    wchen_at_semcog.org
  • Mr. Tom Bruff, Transportation Coordinator,
    bruff_at_semcog.org
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