Take advantage of special events opportunities to inspire interagency cooperation and deployment of advanced transportation management technologies.
Boston, Massachusetts' experience with transportation planning for special events.
- Make use of national events to foster regional cooperation and expedite deployment of advanced transportation management systems. The 2004 DNC in Boston provided the impetus to reach an inter-agency agreement on the installation and operation of a video/data sharing ITS application. The proposed Massachusetts Interagency Video Information System (MIVIS) had been in the planning process for years, but had not received funds for implementation. The convention provided the rational for allocating funds to implement the system.
- Focus on the need to better integrate various systems. The unique security and mobility demands of the DNC, along with the hard-and-fast July 29, 2004 deadline, forced transportation and public safety agencies to be innovative. Multiple state and local agencies coordinated resources to allow the system to be operational in time for the convention. Agencies involved included MassHighway, Massachusetts State Police, the City of Boston, the MBTA, and SmarTraveler. The system coordinated several hundred existing cameras throughout Eastern Massachusetts and allowed both safety and transportation officials to view live video and camera shots of key locations. Additionally, public safety officials were provided with hand-held PDA devices allowing for real-time traffic information as they were making decisions on which roads to open or close.
- Integrate technology with other agencies and build on that integration for future expansion of the ITS Architecture. The various agencies used existing ITS technologies installed over the past two decades to better inform the public. This included the use of both permanent and temporary variable message signs (VMS's), highway advisory radio, static sign boards, and an expansion of services from SmarTraveler, which provides real-time traffic information to the Boston traveling public under a contract with MassHighway.
As part of its integrated VMS system, MassHighway was able to post and change messages on its permanent set of message boards almost instantaneously. The video integration system allowed officials from different agencies to view real-time images from cameras mounted at multiple locations. SmarTraveler was able to post changes in roadway or transit conditions instantaneously on its website and phone system.
Author: Allan DeBlasio et al
Published By: Prepared by Volpe for the USDOT
Source Date: 1/1/2005
EDL Number: 14120
Other Reference Number: Report No. FHWA-JPO-05-040URL: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib//jpodocs/repts_te//14120.htm
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