Next Generation Traffic Management Centers

Traffic management centers (TMCs) are critical to providing mobility to millions of people traveling on high-volume road. In Virginia, as with most regions of the United States, TMCs were aggressively deployed in the period of late 1990's - early 2000's. Thus, most TMCs use technology of this time period. Recent advances in technology may provide improvements in TMCs in terms of function and cost. The purpose of this project is to assess the current state of the traffic management center as well as a look at what the TMC may be able to implement to further improve operations and accomplish their goals. The primary focus is on new technology as well as an evaluation of business philosophy and the decision-making process used by TMCs. The project will conclude with recommendations for potential areas of improvement and the feasibility of implementation of those recommendations. A Final Report has been produced. The results presented in this project make it very clear that recent and emerging advances in technology will have a significant influence on TMCs. It is critical that transportation agencies carefully consider this technology as TMCs are maintained, upgraded, and expanded. Continued investment in traditional technologies will prove to be quite limiting. In particular, agencies should carefully consider smart phones and wireless networks, cloud computing, and the development of the connected vehicle program.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $10000.00
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center

      Pennsylvania State University
      201 Transportation Research Building
      University Park, PA  United States  16802-4710
    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Virginia, Charlottesville

      Center for Transportation Studies
      P.O. Box 400742, Thornton Hall, D228
      Charlottesville, VA  United States  22903
    • Principal Investigators:

      Smith, Brian

    • Start Date: 20120601
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20121231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 33480

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01470889
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC03, 140735-A
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jan 30 2013 1:00AM