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21st Century Operations Using 21st Century Technologies

Alameda County Transportation Commission
(Alameda CTC) - GoPort Freight Intelligence Transportation System


Four key regional transportation technology investments that will be leveraged are the Caltrans District 4 TMC, the City of Oakland TMC, the MTC 511 SF Bay traveler information system, and the regional integrated corridor management (ICM) deployments. GoPort Freight ITS connectivity with the Caltrans District 4 TMC will be achieved through redundant C2C communications, and connectivity with the MTC 511 system will be achieved through web services or an application program interface (API) approach.

The system will collect Port traveler conditions and share them with the City of Oakland TMC and Caltrans District 4 TMC. The transportation infrastructure on the I-80, I-580, and I-880 includes a dense deployment of ITS field elements, which enable real-time traffic monitoring and management at the Caltrans District 4 TMC. The TMC is located in Caltrans' District 4 main office in downtown Oakland and is co-staffed by Caltrans Maintenance and Operations workers, CHP officers, and operators for the 511 traveler information system. Using C2C, under agreed-to- conditions and procedures, Port TMC staff will be able to monitor local traffic and adjust Port area signal timing and messaging accordingly.

MTC's 511 SF Bay traveler information system provides a key capability of interest – the ability to share and enhance real time traveler information of specific interest to freight. For example, the 511 system could be expanded to include traveler information for freight (e.g., freight could be a category of services available including information such as incidents on arterials near or within the Port, gate queue times, video feeds from the Port, travel times, parking availability, etc.). Additionally, data and information from the 511 system could be utilized within other new port systems.

Moreover, as illustrated in Figure 8, the potential exists for even more robust connections between the GoPort Freight ITS and MTC's array of operational programs and data resources. Connectivity with some of these systems can enhance future applications for the GoPort Freight ITS.

Figure 8. San Francisco Bay Area Operational Programs and Data Resources.  The image shows a logo for MtGIS in the upper left Corner.  Under that it has the words Vital Signs and then under that an image of an intersection with the vehicles having yellow rings around them and the words above the inset picture reading 'CA Connected Vehicles Test Bed'.  To the right is an inset image.  In the inner-most circle is the Words San Francisco Bay Area.  Circling this inner circle and connecting in a clockwise direction are 1) 511 SF Bay, 2) A tow truck image with a yellow triangle behind it, 3) an icon of stacked triangles, 4) FastTrak, 5) BikeShare 6) I-880 ICM, 7) smart corridor, 8) Drive Smart Bay Area with white gas pump on green background, 9) Bay Area Express Lanes.

Figure 8. San Francisco Bay Area Operational Programs and Data Resources

Traveler information posted on 511 San Francisco Bay can be used to enhance the comprehensiveness of the GoPort Freight ITS application. General information, such as contact information for Freeway Service Patrol (FSP), a congestion management program implemented by MTC SAFE, is available on the 511 website. Data feeds for lane closures, road closures, incident locations, and estimated incident clearance times can be utilized in the GoPort Freight ITS app, but also can be used to coordinate operations within the Port's TMC. This type of information can be used to update CMS alerts and inform the Port's ATMS.

The I‑880 ICM, I‑80 Safety, Mobility, Automated Real-Time Traffic Management System (SMART) Corridor, and Bay Area Express Lane projects are beneficial to closing ITS gaps on major truck routes heading into and out of the Port. To manage traffic that naturally diverts from the freeway due to major incidents on I‑880, the I‑880 ICM arterial incident management project installed ITS equipment on arterial streets along the I‑880 corridor in the cities of San Leandro and Oakland. Project components include trailblazer signs, cameras, detection stations, signal coordination, and communications improvements.5

Alameda CTC is aware of the corresponding regional "Innovate 680" ATCMTD grant submittal this year by the Contra Costa Transportation Agency and GoMentum Station, which will be focused on the I-680 corridor in Contra Costa County, centered approximately 15 miles northeast of the Port of Oakland. If USDOT were to award both Innovate 680 and GoPort Freight ITS, the two project teams have discussed potentially sharing information and integrating certain applications. As an example, a Port trucking based in Concord, California, would access both I-680 and the Port road network in their daily operations. Seamless to the truck driver from this company, through information exchange, the GoPort Freight ITS mobile application for truckers could be enhanced to include ATIS information provided in the Innovate I-680 redesigned 511 application, and vice versa.

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