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RCTOs in Action: Portland, Detroit, Tucson, and Hampton Roads Discuss their Regional Concept for Transportation Operations (July 25, 2007)

An Action Plan to Address Transportation Operations in Southeast Michigan

Presenter:   J. Thomas Bruff
Presenter's Org:   Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)

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Slide 1: What is RCTO?

Slide 3:

[Slide displays a map of Michigan, highlighting the southwest counties of St. Clair, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, and Monroe.]

Slide 4:

[Slide displays the Michigan counties of St. Clair, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, and Monroe. A star marks the city of Detroit; the total population of these counties is shown as 4.9 million people.]

Slide 5:

[Slide displays a map of the 233 local units of government in the Michigan counties of: St. Clair, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, and Monroe. Within this region there are 7 county road agencies, 2 Michigan DOT regions, and 227 law enforcement agencies.]

Slide 6: Infrastructure Realities

Slide 7: What do we operate?

Slide 8:

22,800 miles of public road
Over 3,500 bridges
Over 5,400 traffic signals
Over 138,000 crashes
4,884 miles of truck routes
140 million vehicle miles .traveled daily
1,000 miles currently congested

Slide 9: Other Investments

Slide 10: Sources of Congestion: National Summary

[Slide displays a pie chart titled Sources of Congestion: National Summary, from a recent FHWA report. Breakdown of the sources is:]

Slide 11: Transportation Systems Management and Operations

Slide 12: TSM&O Activities

Slide 13: Building Upon Past Successes

[This slide shows four images. Clockwise from the top left hand corner they are: emergency crews responding to a traffic accident on an interstate highway, the control room at Michigan's ITS center, Southeast Michigan Snow & Ice Management trucks at work plowing snow and salting a road, and a Michigan DOT Freeway Courtesy Patrol van.]

Slide 14: Purpose of an RCTO

Slide 15: Elements of an RCTO

Slide 16: Southeast Michigan RCTO-Vision

"Southeast Michigan will have reliable and managed transportation operations across jurisdictional, geographic and modal boundaries for both routine traffic operations and traffic incident management that saves lives, time, and money for its travelers."

Slide 17: Proposed Operations Network

[This slide displays the proposed Metro Detroit Regional Operations network. The chart shows a collection of connected circles, each circle representing services, and most services represented by existing working groups (with the exception of Maintenance and Communications). The center circle is named "Regional Operations Steering Committee." Seven circles (services) are connected to the center circle. They are Maintenance, Communications (Urban Area Security Initiative, PSAPs [Public Safety Answering Points] ), Arterial (Operations) Traffic Management, Traffic Incident Management Planning, Freeway Operations, Transit Operations, Border Operations. Three additional services are connected to Freeway Operations: Special Events, Courtesy Patrol, and Abandoned Vehicles. One additional service is connected to Maintenance: SEMSIM (Southeastern Michigan Snow and Ice Management). Two additional services are connected to Arterial (Operations) Traffic Management: Vehicle Infrastructure Integration and Traffic Signal Coordination.]

Slide 18: How Do We Achieve This?

Slide 19: Top Stakeholder Suggestions

Slide 20: Criteria for Identifying Priority Corridors

Slide 21: National Traffic Signal Report Card by NTOC

[This slide displays a graphic depicting the National Traffic Signal Report Card. The grades indicated are:]

Slide 22: Clearing Incidents Quickly and Safety: Quick Clearance Laws Needed

Slide 23: Disseminating Operations Information

[Slides displays two: One is a screen shot of Michigan DOT's (MDOT) video monitor website, displaying real time traffic conditions on two sections of interstate, and the other image is of the MDOT Michigan ITS Center Control Room.]

Slide 24: Balancing Team-Members' Goals

Slide 25: Flexibility is Key!

Slide 26: For More Information

SEMCOG's Web site www.semcog.org

Contact SEMCOG at 313-961-4266
Ms. Wei Chen, Transportation Engineer, wchen@semcog.org
Mr. Tom Bruff, Transportation Coordinator, bruff@semcog.org

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