TECHNICAL TOURS

As part of the ITS America 2019 Annual Meeting, a number of technical tours featuring local transportation facilities and/or projects will be available to registered attendees of the conference. All tours will take place on Friday, June 7, 2019. Prices vary and space is first-come, first served. Tours will be open for registration in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more details!

 
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MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION CHART Statewide Operations Center (SOC)

This tour would include a visit to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), Hal Kassoff Statewide Operations Center (SOC) located in Hanover, MD. The SOC is a 24 hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week safety-sensitive, control and communications transportation operation center.  The facility is 17,000 square feet and features a 30-foot high traffic video display.  It is also the headquarters of the Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART) program.

The SOC is located near the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport and was the nation’s first statewide traffic management center.  Participants will be provided presentations and demonstrations of CHART’s latest developments including:

  • Static displays of emergency traffic patrol vehicles authorized as emergency vehicles with red lights, sirens and full rights-of-way for response and traffic control;

  • Incident monitoring via fully functional mobile cameras on patrol vehicles;

  • Statewide lane closure permitting and tracking to coordinate current and planned roadwork activities;

  • Winter operations, including a new public-facing Statewide Operations Transportation Response Map (S.T.O.R.M.) that identifies where snow plows have traveled; and

  • Automated inclement weather notifications on Dynamic Message Signs.


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McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center

The McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center (PSTOC) is a 150 thousand square feet facility with a 20 thousand square feet of emergency management floor. PSTOC is a partnership between Fairfax County 911, Fairfax County Emergency Management Center, Commonwealth of Virginia State Police Division 7 Dispatch, Virginia Department of Transportation Northern Region Operations Traffic and Signal Centers. PSTOC is model facility that bring together the right players with the right tools to the right place at the right time to effectively preform work necessary to safeguard community, manage traffic congestion and coordinate responses to emergencies.

Attendees will tour this unique facility and learn how these various organizations work together in one facility to manage incidents in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.


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The Montgomery County Transportation Management Center 

Montgomery County, Maryland with a population of 870,000, 3,000 miles of roadways, and a major mass transit system is part of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Montgomery County recognizes that the transportation system within the County will have to be efficiently managed if the transportation demands of the 21st century are to be met.  The County operates an Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS) at their Transportation Management Center.

At this location, more than 20 engineers and technicians oversee the functionality of traffic responsive signal control for almost 800 signals, monitor camera video surveillance for 160 signals, broadcast County Cable Channel 6, oversee integrated transit and traffic operations, and manage and implement a sophisticated, fiber based communication system, to name a few activities.

This facility also houses the County’s Emergency Communications Center. The Center  is responsible for the effective performance of all emergency communications relating to a fire, rescue, or emergency medical incidents. From the joint Public Safety Communications Center building, the MCFRS Emergency Communications Center is the primary link between a citizen, who reports an emergency via 9-1-1, and the fire and rescue personnel and equipment, who respond to an incident scene. The MCFRS Emergency Communications Center dispatches all emergency fire, rescue and emergency medical resources in Montgomery County.

The tour would involve an overview and tour of the facility and a visual presentation of live signal surveillance as well as a full summary of operations taking place at the TMC.


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 Transurban North Virginia Express Lanes and Operations Center

Just outside of Washington, DC, Transurban is operating and developing a 60-mile network of dynamically tolled express lanes in partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation. As a global developer and manager of toll roads, bridges and tunnels, Transurban is a pioneer of the P3 managed lanes concept in North America. ITS technology is central to daily operations and as mobility trends evolve, Transurban’s express lanes are a test bed for emerging technologies that could further improve roadway safety and efficiency.

Join us for a bus tour of Transurban’s express lanes and traffic control center in Alexandria, Virginia. We will drive key segments of the 495, 95 and 395 Express Lanes (now under construction) to learn how Transurban’s ITS systems and operations are helping to reduce congestion in the DC region.  The bus will also stop at the express lanes’ traffic control center where Transurban’s innovation team will discuss their role in the transportation revolution.

Topics of discussion include:

  • On-road ITS equipment including all-electronic tolling points, ubiquitous sensor and cameras plus Automated Incident Detection, lane use management and dynamic signage.

  • Dynamic pricing - how variable pricing works both on and off the road.

  • Operations of the I-95 reversible lanes – one of the longest reversible facilities in the nation.

  • How fair travel is enforced through Vehicle Occupancy Detection.

  • Industry partnerships and investment in emerging smart, connected and automated technology.