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Intelligent Transportation Systems
Intelligent Transportation Systems( ITS), is the application of technology-based solutions such as advanced sensors, computers, electronics and communication technologies, to improve the overall safety and efficiency of the multimodal transportation system. ITS is deeply rooted in transportation operations using technology application to ensure safe and efficient operation of the transportation network. ITS can help coordinate regional transportation activities and efficiently meet infrastructure investments in the region. In order to implement ITS communities can look for opportunities for grouped purchase of ITS equipment and services and transportation operations which improve personnel resources, manage information and transmit data exchange across the region. A recent survey by the US Department of Transportation shows 90 percent of our nation's toll lanes and plazas use some type of electronic toll collection system. These technologies have improved the safety, mobility and accuracy of toll collection, while reducing costs and toll plaza backups. Some of the fastest-growing technologies include those supporting real-time data collection and traveler information dissemination such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) and electronic message boards.
The ITS Toolkit (on right sidebar) is designed to help communities identify suitable applications to improve safety, increase accessibility and reduce the impact of transportation on the environment.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts vision for the ITS Program is to enhance public safety, increase mobility, and promote sustainability through broad coordinated application of transportation technology. CMRPC, a member of the Regional ITS Planning and Coordination Committee is committed to support improved transportation systems through interagency technology coordination and partnerships. Stakeholders include municipal, state, federal and other private/public agencies as the department(s) of transportation, public works, public transit, emergency medical services, fire and rescue, hazmat clearance, homeland security, law enforcement, public safety( 911), towing and recovery.
Central Massachusetts is expected to benefit from recent investments in technology which enable tracking and dispatching of transit vehicles to improve customer service by providing travelers with real-time schedule information, support demand-responsive operations, improve route planning and support transit management using Automatic Vehicle Location(AVL), Computer-Aided Dispatch(CAD), Automatic Vehicle Announcements (AVA), Electronic Message Boards and Traffic Signal Priority (TSP) which can reduce transit travel time, improve schedule reliability, and reduce emissions.
Goals for Central Massachusetts:
• Improve transportation system reliability
• Design ITS systems better
• Encourage shared use of infrastructure
• Create a transportation system with a customer service focus
• Maximize cost-effectiveness of transportation funding
• Improve the safety of the transportation system
• Develop education and advocacy strategies