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

Appendix F: MDOT SHA Completed/ Ongoing SHRP2 Projects

Research and congestion relief

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SHA has established itself at the forefront of several nationwide research and innovative project initiatives. Since 2014, SHA has received $2.3 million in Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) 2 implementation assistance and other federal grants. Much of this research is aimed at reducing traffic congestion. Current projects being developed or implemented with metropolitan planning organization partners such as the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC), university researchers, and industry experts from the consultant community include:

Organizing for Reliability

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SHA has a well-established operational framework in CHART, but is using this funding to institutionalize business processes to ensure a reliable travel experience for people and goods. SHA developed a Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) Strategic and Implementation Plan in support of this effort.

  • Behavior-based Freight Models
    SHA, in partnership with the BMC, developed a supply- chain based statewide freight travel demand model and
    a regional tour-based commercial vehicle model to feed into SHA and BMC travel demand modeling programs and improve the accuracy and flexibility of existing planning tools.
  • Advanced Travel Analysis Tools
    SHA is developing multi-resolution and time-dependent travel demand models which will help integrate planning and operations and identify new mobility improvements for Maryland roadways.
  • Reliability Data and Analysis Tools
    These tools help SHA manage congestion events in order to provide safe and reliable travel. Solutions include geometric improvements, Active Traffic Management, and Active Travel Demand Management (ATDM) strategies, incident management, and special event and work zone protocols.

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  • Work Zone Impact and Strategies Estimator (WISE) Tool
    This tool should help with better work zone planning and help SHA and partner agencies to determine work zone schedules that reduce traffic impacts to roadway users.
  • Reliability in Simulation and Planning Models
    SHA, in partnership with the BMC, is developing advanced demand and simulation models that help in understanding the effect of reliability on travel behavior and its interaction with the Maryland transportation system.
  • Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Pilot Deployment
    SHA received FHWA grants to support an ICM pilot deployment in Maryland. In partnership with the BMC, SHA is developing a concept of operations to improve traffic flow and mobility for three of the busiest routes between Washington, DC, and Baltimore: I-95, MD 95 (Baltimore- Washington Parkway), and US 1 between MD 32 and I-695 (Baltimore Beltway).
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