Draw on the strengths of complementary relationships between the public and private sectors for successful implementation of ITS projects.
The E-470 Public Highway Authority’s experience in forging public-private partnerships for design, construction, operations, and maintenance of an electronic toll highway facility.
- Leverage the use of transponders to provide volume, speed, and travel time data for the traveling public. E-470 entered into an agreement with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) allowing CDOT to obtain travel time data from the E-470 detection system and display such data on CDOT’s variable message signs (VMS). E-470 has a detection system that measures vehicle speed and classification (number of axles) using transponders, antennas, and inductive loops. CDOT installed several additional antennas along the corridor to collect the data from the transponders to obtain travel time information which is then displayed on the VMS during peak periods. Although most of the time there is no congestion on E-470, the partnership with CDOT facilitates sharing of information and keeps the public informed about travel conditions. Among other benefits, the information gives drivers an idea of the time it will take to travel to and from the airport. This relationship offers a significant return on investment; CDOT is able to collect travel time data for the cost of a few antennas. They also disseminate level of congestion data via the web at www.cotrip.org.
- Negotiate with outside businesses such as insurance companies to underwrite a portion of the safety service patrol. E-470 also contracts for Safety Patrol services. As another innovative funding initiative, they negotiated an arrangement with State Farm Insurance to underwrite a portion of the service patrol costs in exchange for advertising on the patrol vehicles. The service is now called the State Farm Safety Patrol. This is another example of the types of relationships the Authority can develop as a state enterprise that serves the public interest.
- Utilize decision support systems to improve snow and ice control operations and provide better traveler information. Another good example of a successful E-470 program is their agreement with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. Utilizing a decision support system developed by FHWA and NCAR, E-470 roadway maintenance staff can more accurately predict weather conditions and weather impacts on the roadway, allowing them to implement proactive snow and ice control strategies and provide improved traveler information. The proactive response strategies are tailored to their resources and needs, saving time and money. They have 12 environmental sensor stations, nine of which include pavement sensors that provide surface temperature and moisture content. Prior to their relationship with NCAR, the Authority worked with a private firm that provided weather-related information based on subscriber services. However, the information from the service was not route-specific and did not provide enough advance notice to support timely road treatment decisions.
Interview with Dave Kristick, Director of Operations, E-470 Public Highway Authority
Author: Cheryl Lowrance, based on interview notes
Published By: Noblis, Washington, DC
Source Date: August 2006
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Intelligent Transportation Systems > Electronic Payment & Pricing > Toll Collection
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Clearance & Recovery > Investigation
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Freeway Management > Information Dissemination > Dynamic Message Signs
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Traffic Incident Management > Mobilization & Response > Service Patrols
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Road Weather Management > Surveillance, Monitoring, & Prediction
Intelligent Transportation Systems > Information Management > Data Archive
Major Initiatives > Integrated Corridor Management Systems
Major Initiatives > Emergency Transportation Operations
Major Initiatives > Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII)
Other Program Activities > Amber Alert
Other Program Activities > Intelligent Grade Crossings
Other Program Activities > Public Safety
Other Program Activities > Rural ITS Deployment
Other Program Activities > Transit Systems
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