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Deploying Advanced Technology Infrastructure for Transportation Systems Management & Operations in Maryland: US 1 Innovative Technology Deployment Corridor

Appendix A: ATCMTD Goals and MD SHA Approach

The various ways MD SHA intends to support ATCMD are presented in the table below.



Reduce costs and improve return-on-investment (ROI)

Direct costs to travelers and shippers will be reduced with less congestion and greater reliability. The proposed deployment will build a foundation to advance ICM and CAV throughout the region. This will lead to better ROI from both the MDOT SHA's and customers' standpoints.

Realize environmental benefits

Because slow speeds and stop-and-go traffic increase energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (as well as the traditional pollutants), air quality will be improved when recurring congestion is minimized, when incidents are cleared more quickly, and when traffic signals are optimized for smooth flow.

Improve the operations of transportation networks

The ATID deployments will enable better integration of freeway and arterial operations. Incidents will be detected and responded to more quickly. Driver information and alerts will be more accurate, germane, and arrive more quickly.

Reduce crashes and increase personal safety

Our project will encourage adoption of the many connected vehicle safety technologies (V2V and V2I) that have emerged; predictive response to imminent congestion formation should reduce secondary crashes.

Better ways to disseminate real-time information

We will champion new information sharing policies with 3rd party app and in-vehicle navigation system providers to significantly improve capabilities related to red-light running, queue warnings, SPaT, and more. Our goal is to get better information out more quickly, which will have many flow-down benefits.

Monitor infrastructure assets to reduce maintenance costs, etc.

Equipment we install in signal cabinets will flag maintenance problems more quickly; across the network, faster traffic flow sensing with more granularity will also flag problems sooner.

General economic benefit to society of more efficient & reliable movement of people, goods and services

While we have the ability to measure changes in user delay costs for both commercial and passenger vehicles, other economic benefits may be less tangible. Such benefits are widely accepted as expected byproducts of effective ATDM and ICM deployments that increase mobility and reliability for any region.

Accelerated deployment of connected vehicles technologies

Use of a combination of roadside detection equipment at signalized intersections and connected-vehicles data collection technologies. This will lead to better DSS and provide “value-add” to operations, planning, and research. Open data portals/use will convince other agencies of the importance, use, and ROI of connected vehicles technologies and data. Methods we refine now will help DOT's be ready for a tsunami of CV data and vehicle automation that will be upon us within the decade.

Exploit the newest and most advanced technologies, thought-leaders, and implementers

Select the newest, most reliable, most cost-effective technologies that will lead to a transformative, reproducible Next-Gen ICM to deliver a process that other agencies can afford to deploy widely. Our team includes the pioneers, world thought-leaders, and most capable implementers of the central technologies, processes, and data systems that now make this possible.

Collect and analyze performance metrics that show efficacy

Performance metrics are built-in byproducts of our process. Because we are leveraging the RITIS platform, we will also have nearly a decade of pre-deployment data from which we can develop a performance baseline.

Make it easy and affordable to scale

Achieving this goal while being effective is the prime consideration that all potential technologies and processes will be evaluated against. We will maximize the use of open architecture, standards, and low-cost data systems. The benefits that derive from achieving these goals in many regions will ultimately produce an outsized ROI.

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