Intelligent Transportation Systems in WV: Evaluation, Needs Assessment, and Professional Capacity Building

Intelligent Transportation Systems use roadside video cameras, weather sensors, and roadway sensors to monitor the roadway, weather, and traffic flow to detect incidents. Traffic incidents are the primary cause of delay in congested urban areas, and account for an even larger proportion of delays in smaller urban areas. Decreasing incidents will reduce the likelihood of secondary incidents, which are often more serious. Other impacts include lessening congestion, lowering fuel consumption, and decreasing air pollution. Intelligent Transportation Systems can help reduce the amount of time that it takes to restore normal traffic flow after an incident by: detecting and locating the incident more quickly; notifying emergency personnel; managing traffic flow around the incident, and; alerting motorists of delays and alternate routing options. This research project is significant to the WVDOT because the evaluation will help justify further financial support for additional ITS deployments in the state. This will allow the WVDOT to show the financial, safety, and moral value of investing in ITS to the public and state leaders by quantifying improved traffic safety and reduced congestion delays, fuel consumption and air pollution. Another benefit of this research will be the broad dissemination of ITS data to relevant stakeholders that may lead to other public benefit.