Regional ITS Initiatives

The fact that the nation’s capital is located in our region and the surrounding arterial network in this area is experiencing a booming traffic volume, the necessity to enhance mobility and safety throughout the region’s roadway network is a critical issue.  Numerous ITS initiatives have been taken by state and local governments in recent years. Highlights in the ITS area carried on by various jurisdictions are as follows: 

Prince George’s County TRIP Center

  • Established the Traffic Response and Information Partnership (TRIP) Center to effectively manage county’s transportation system operations
  • Provides up-to-date information to travelers concerning roadway conditions at pgctrip.com
  • Maintains about 200 signalized intersections under centralized or closed loop system
  • Provides Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) for incident management
  • Equipped 90 buses and 20 para-transit vehicles with Automatic Vehicle Locators (AVL)
  • Installed traveler information electronic display at bus stops
  • Monitors Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) network for traffic
  • Dispatches vehicles under Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)

CHART, MDOT & MSHA

  • Established the Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART) through a joint effort of the Maryland Department of Transportation, Maryland Transportation Authority and the Maryland State Police, in cooperation with other federal, state and local agencies to improve "real-time" operations of Maryland's highway system through teamwork and technology.
  • Operate the CHART Statewide Operational Center (SOC), a state-of-the-art command and control center. SOC is the "hub" of the CHART system, functioning 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week with satellite Traffic Operations Centers (TOCs) spread across the state to monitor peak-period traffic.

CHART and its partners incorporate the following ITS components:

  • Statewide Operations Center (SOC)
  • Traffic information web site http://www.chart.state.md.us/
  • Highway Advisory Radio (HAR)
  • Signalized intersections under centralized or closed loop control
  • Portable Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) for incident management
  • Buses equipped with Automatic Vehicle Locators (AVL)
  • Bus stops with electronic display of dynamic traveler information
  • Surveillance cameras (CCTV)
  • Vehicles under Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
  • Electronic toll collection

District of Columbia Transportation Management Center & Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority 

  • Ramps controlled by ramp meter
  • Electronic lane control
  • Freeway miles under incident detection algorithms
  • Signalized intersections under centralized or closed loop control
  • Portable Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) for incident management
  • Buses equipped with Automatic Vehicle Locators (AVL)
  • Bus stops with electronic display of dynamic traveler information to the public
  • Surveillance cameras (CCTV)
  • Vehicles under Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)
  • Electronic toll collection

Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS)

The University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory (CATT Laboratory) is developing a Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS). RITIS will improve transportation efficiency, safety, and security through the integration of existing transit and transportation management data from Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.

The emphasis of RITIS is on data fusion and standardization, and the relationship to data collection, regional transportation systems management, regional traveler information dissemination and systems evaluation. RITIS fuses, translates and standardizes data obtained from multiple agencies in the region in order to provide a comprehensive view of the regional transportation network. Participating agencies are able to view regional traffic information and use it to improve operations and emergency preparedness. RITIS also will use regional standardized data to provide traveler information, including web sites, paging systems and future 511 systems.

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

  • RICCS: This online software application is used by the regional emergency management and transportation agency to send emergency alerts, notifications and updates to cell phones, pagers, Blackberrys, PDAs and/or e-mail accounts. Alerts may include life safety, fire, weather situations, accidents involving utilities or roadways, team activation notifications, or disaster notifications. Intra-agency sharing of data through a secured network helps emergency and transportation officials better prepare for an emergency.
  • MATOC: Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC) Program: Coalition of District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia departments of Transportation and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority implemented to improve the regional transportation system

Montgomery County

  • Signalized intersections under centralized or closed loop control
  • Portable Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) for incident management
  • Buses equipped with Automatic Vehicle Locators (AVL)
  • Bus stops with electronic display of dynamic traveler information
  • Surveillance cameras (CCTV)  
  • Vehicles under Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)

  • Statewide 511 Traveler Information Systems
  • Freeway miles under incident detection algorithms
  • Signalized intersections under centralized or closed loop control
  • Portable Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) for incident management
  • Buses equipped with Automatic Vehicle Locators (AVL)
  • Bus stops with electronic display of dynamic traveler information
  • Surveillance cameras (CCTV)
  • Vehicles under Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD)