Region Updates ITS network
As communication technology changes and becomes more integrated with the transportation system, regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) including TMACOG are keeping track of developments. A review and update of the TMACOG region’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) architecture is underway now.
Bruce Eisenhart, a presenter with project consultant ConSysTec, led a webinar with stakeholders February 4. He defines ITS as the application of data processing and data communications as it relates to surface transportation, in order to improve safety and mobility.
The elements of ITS can include traffic signals, speed cameras, transit communication, 911 emergency response, and road maintenance communications. Another category of communication is the growing amount of data available to drivers including GPS and fleet communications.
There will be a workshop April 7 where regional stakeholders are invited to coordinate plans and document responsibilities. Check the TMACOG calendar at www.tmacog.org for more details as they become available. The planning area is largely Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and southern Monroe County, Michigan but neighboring counties are invited to participate. The goal is to identify participating agencies and inventory their systems, look for ways to better integrate existing systems, and plan for growing and maintaining an efficient architecture. Shared planning may result in cost efficiencies as well as improved safety.
Over the next few months, ConSysTec will coordinate stakeholder interviews and a public comment period, draft the architecture document and provide training to TMACOG staff. TMACOG is facilitating the process as the MPO and will host the documents and webpages associated with the region’s ITS architecture.