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21st Century Operations Using 21st Century Technologies

Grant Proposal for U.S. Department of Transportation Advance Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (NOFO 693JJ317NF0001): Volume 1 – Technical Application


2.1 Project Location

Map of Chula Vista City Limits

The proposed advanced transportation technologies improvements will impact the entire Chula Vista transportation network including the highways intersecting within city limits. The improvements do not have any legal, regulatory, legislative, or institutional challenges. The proposed work is within city limits and does not require Right-of-Way acquisition as the improvements are within existing infrastructure. The City will however need to acquire encroachment permits when the scope of work encroaches within Caltrans jurisdiction.

A particular focus was made into providing solutions within the western region of Chula Vista as it faces the most transportation, environmental, and social economic challenges. Considered the Western Urban Core, bounded by interstate 5 and 805, represents the most urbanized area of Chula Vista. The Western Urban Core has the most concentration of low-income dwellings, highest concentration of crime spots, and traffic collisions.

2.2 Visions, Goals, and Objectives (MAP-21)

The City of Chula Vista's vision in "Moving Ahead for Progress in 21st Century" is to improve the quality of life for Chula Vista residents by investing in performance- and outcome-based strategies that leverage intelligent transportation technologies with sustainable measures that addresses the transportation barriers and challenges faced with today. The goal is to establish a system model which improves public safety, reduces traffic congestion, maximizes investments and system efficiency, and protects the environment. The objective is to deploy advance transportation technologies and implement a strategic plan that encompasses the City's vision of a 21st Century transportation system. The City's objectives is summarized below and shown in Appendix A: Project Concepts.

Chula Vista's MAP-21 Project

Mass Transit Deployments:
Challenge: Increase Ridership, Accessibility, and Efficiency in Mass Transit
Technology Solutions: Implement Adaptive Signal Control, GPS-Enabled TSP, Traffic Light Information System
ATCMTD Initiatives
  • Advanced Traveler Information Systems
  • Advanced Transportation Management Technologies
  • Advanced Public Transportation Systems
  • Transportation System Performance Data Collection, Analytics, and Dissemination
  • Electronic Pricing and Paying Systems
  • Advance Mobility and Access Technologies
Performance: Measure, track bus travel times, speeds, and stops; gather and share data with transit agency and compare results


Traffic Congestion Management Deployments:
Challenge: Inefficiencies in the transportation system that successfully manages vehicle travel time & delay, signal timing efficiency and responsiveness, and alternative route selection including special events
Technology Solutions: Implement Changeable Message Signs at critical outbound locations, Travel Time Data Collection System, Adaptive Signal Control, Signal Performance Measures at all signals
ATCMTD Initiatives
  • Advanced Traveler Information Systems
  • Advanced Transportation Management Technologies
  • Transportation System Performance Data Collection, Analytics, and Dissemination
Performance: Collect and analyze hi-resolution vehicle count data and vehicle travel time information; utilize an advance central traffic management system to monitor and optimize signal timing operations


Traffic Safety & Public Safety Deployments:
Challenge: Reducing traffic collisions at intersections, improving response times of emergency vehicles, support of emergency evacuation operations, crime prevention
Technology Solutions: Implement GPS-Enabled EVPE, CCTV's, Red Light Running Analytic Software, Traffic Signal Information System, Uninterruptible Power Supply, and Intelligent Street Lighting
ATCMTD Initiatives
  • Advanced Transportation Management Systems
  • Advance Safety Systems
  • Integration of Intelligent Transportation with Smart Grid and other energy distribution
Performance: Monitor, track EVPE travel times, speeds, and stops; collect, analyze and share data of red light running and identify locations for enforcement; monitor energy savings and pollutants from street lights;


Communication System Deployments:
Challenge: Provide a comprehensive, high capacity communication network that meets transportation needs of the public and City operators
Technology Solutions: Implement fiber and wireless communication and convert Ethernet-overcopper where applicable; deploy Wi-Fi hotspots at traffic signals
Performance: Monitor links and data usage through network management


Asset Management System Deployments:
Challenge: Ability to systematically manage the inventory and life expectancy of transportation devices and equipment
Technology Solutions: Implement barcoding registry system and inventory management system; install cabinet health devices
ATCMTD Initiatives
  • Infrastructure Maintenance, Monitoring, and Condition
Performance: Monitor assets through active reporting

2.3 Stakeholders

Letters of support of the various stakeholders and partners are posted on the City website at:

2.3.1 San Diego Association of Governments

SANDAG with representatives from County government and eighteen cities in the County, conducts research and serves as the forum for decision-making on regional issues, such as growth, transportation and land use in San Diego County. The City of Chula Vista is a member of SANDAG and participates in the research and programs conducted by the agency.

2.3.2 Metropolitan Transit System (MTS)

MTS provides bus and rail services directly or by contract with private operators. MTS coordinates all services and determines the routing, stops, frequencies and hours of operation. The MTS light rail service operates with a total of 53 stations and 54.3 miles of rail. The MTS Bus services almost 100 fixed bus routes and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complementary paratransit service (MTS Access). Fixed route bus services include local, urban, express, premium express and rural routes. MTS contracts with the San Diego & Imperial Valley (SD&IV) Railroad and the Pacific Imperial Railroad, Inc. (PIR) to provide freight service to San Diego shippers over SD&AE right-of-way.

2.3.3 California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)

Caltrans is the state agency responsible for highway, bridge and rail transportation planning, construction and maintenance. Caltrans District 11 is located in the southernmost part of California, and includes San Diego County and Imperial County. District 11 oversees approximately 1000 miles of freeways and highways, both urban and rural. The district is also involved with local agencies to develop a diverse multimodal transportation system including light rail, transit, commuter rail and high-occupancy vehicle programs and facilities.

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