Use a regional approach for traffic signal systems operations to realize cost efficiencies.
The City of Minneapolis Department of Public Works' experience.
Based on their findings, the assessment team offered the following lesson learned:
- Build a regional program for system operation and investments. The city should begin to work with other regional transportation operators to develop a plan for regional operations. Under current operations, each agency maintains its own individual systems, resulting in duplicate systems throughout the region and significant inefficiencies. Through regional collaboration, agencies can share resources, personnel and systems, potentially providing significant operational improvements for a much lower life cycle cost. Other benefits include improved incident response and improved traffic flow across jurisdictional boundaries.
The regional partnership should consider developing a detailed concept of operations to define exactly how the overall transportation system will be operated. This effort should be an extension of the regional ITS Architecture development work.
Author: National Transportation Operations Coalition Traffic Signal Action Team (NTOC), in association with AASHTO, ITE, ITS America, APWA, FHWA and University of Maryland
Published By: National Transportation Operations Coalition Traffic Signal Action Team (NTOC)
Source Date: February, 2004URL: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/2004-meetings/20040618/Docs/Traffic_Signal_Assessment.pdf
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