In Broward County, Florida, the 2006 analysis for the SMART SunGuide TMC roadway and incident clearance times showed reductions of 18 percent and 4 percent respectively over 2005.
By using state-of-the-art ITS tools and resources, the SMART SunGuide TMC staff of 15 operators and supervisors coordinate with the FDOT Road Rangers, Road Watchers, Florida Highway Patrol and other TMC partners to verify incident and congestion locations. This information is then used to post the appropriate messages on Dynamic Message Signs (DMS), the 511 Interactive Voice Response Advanced Traveler Information Service (ATIS) and website (www.511SouthFlorida.com), the SMART SunGuide web site (www.smartsunguide.com), email and text alerts. As part of the South Florida ITS Coalition, information is also shared between the FDOT District 6 SunGuide TMC, FDOT District 4 Palm Beach County Interim Traffic Management System (ITMS), and Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise TMC in Pompano Beach.
The automated weekly performance measure reports provide mechanisms for operational trending analysis. The analysis for the SMART SunGuide TMC roadway clearance and incident clearance times for 2006 showed:
- Average roadway clearance times (the time between awareness of an incident and restoration of lanes to full operational status) of 42.5 minutes. This signifies an 18 percent improvement in reducing roadway clearance times compared to 2005.
- Average incident clearance times (the time between awareness for an incident and removal of all evidence of the incident, including debris or remaining assets, from shoulders as well as disabled and abandoned vehicles) of 70.9 minutes. This signifies a 4 percent improvement in reducing incident clearance times compared to 2005.
Author: Florida DOT, District IV
Correspondence with Steve Corbin, FDOT District IV, ITS Operations Manager, February 2007.
Published By: Florida DOT
Source Date: January 2007URL: http://www.smartsunguide.com/PDF/Annual%20Report%20-%20screen%20V2.pdf
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