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December, 2011

November, 2011

October, 2011

September, 2011

August, 2011

July, 2011

Ensure good data quality to successfully integrate weather alert system based upon Road Weather Information Systems.
Caltrans District 3 experience in implementing a weather alert notification system in a Regional Transportation Management Center

June, 2011

Tailor the standard systems engineering process model to suit an agency’s ITS deployment scale and needs.
Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority's experience in deploying transit ITS

May, 2011

April, 2011

March, 2011

February, 2011

January, 2011

December, 2010

November, 2010

Ensure that ITS field operations tests use technologies and applications that are proven to be deployment ready.
Experience with a Field Operational Test for the Intelligent Vehicle Initiative in Minnesota

October, 2010

September, 2010

August, 2010

July, 2010

June, 2010

May, 2010

Integrate market research in the planning process for consumer-oriented projects.
Experience in the deployment of a traveler information system for Interstate 95

April, 2010

March, 2010

February, 2010

January, 2010

December, 2009

November, 2009

October, 2009

September, 2009

August, 2009

Follow a rigorous financial approach for estimating the true costs & savings from outsourcing highway maintenance services.
Experiences from Massachusetts, Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and British Columbia in outsourcing highway maintenance services.

July, 2009

Use dynamic lane merge systems to improve operations in long term construction zones.
Michigan Department of Transportation's experience with a dynamic lane merge system (DLM)

June, 2009

May, 2009

April, 2009

Consider the long-term operations and maintenance responsibilities and costs when selecting project components.
The Chicago, Illinois and Montgomery County, Maryland experience in operating and maintaining advanced parking information system.

March, 2009

Establish a clear leader and command structure when working on a major, interagency project.
Boston, Massachusetts’s experience with transportation planning for special events.

February, 2009

January, 2009

Provide accurate and timely road condition and weather forecast information to rural travelers in cold weather regions.
Montana Department of Transportation’s experience in designing and deploying the statewide 511 traveler information system.

December, 2008

November, 2008

Consult with traffic engineers early in the process of no-notice evacuations to secure the use of traffic management resources and to identify routes for evacuation and re-entry.
Experience from an emergency incident in which 3,000 residents were evacuated under no-notice conditions due to a toxic chemical spill.

October, 2008

September, 2008

Incorporate proven technologies and false alarm reduction strategies in the design of future Automotive Collision Avoidance Systems (ACAS).
Experience from a Field Operational Test (FOT) in Michigan to evaluate an Automotive Rear-End Collision Avoidance System.

August, 2008

Apply process re-engineering techniques to increase the likelihood of successful ITS deployment.
Maryland, New York, and Connecticut's experience with electronic toll collection and electronic screening.

July, 2008

Optimize staffing and scheduling at Transportation Management Centers by using job and workload analysis techniques.
The United States and Canada's experience with Transportation Management Center staffing and scheduling.

May, 2008

Collect high quality data with committed workers to help ensure reliable and consistent 511 services for tourism.
Kentucky's experience offering tourism related services through its 511 Travel System.

April, 2008

Develop procurement procedures for public-private partnership projects that address partnership issues.
A Virginia Department of Transportation experience in procuring ITS through a public-private partnership.

March, 2008

Implement different staffing arrangements to meet various scheduling demands at a Transportation Management Center.
The United States and Canada's experience with Transportation Management Center staffing and scheduling.

February, 2008

Prioritize constraints when designing a Transportation Management Center work schedule to help alleviate the complexity of scheduling problems.
The United States and Canada's experience with Transportation Management Center staffing and scheduling.

January, 2008

Provide drivers with sufficient managed lane information that can be easily disseminated and understood.
A guidance provided by the Texas Transportation Institute on providing user information in managed lanes facilities.

December, 2007

Incorporate operational performance measures in strategic and long-range plans.
A Washington State DOT experience in linking performance measurement to strategic planning.

November, 2007

October, 2007

September, 2007

Carefully select a project manager to be responsible for deployment and testing of new ITS technology.
A Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) experience with testing of new variable speed limit technology to reduce winter crashes on a mountain pass.

August, 2007

July, 2007

Categorize each project by level of complexity and risk to determine the most appropriate ITS procurement package.
Experience from a review of ITS contracting methods and practices. Step 3 of the Decision Model.

June, 2007

May, 2007

Beware that inter-agency funding arrangements can lead to delays in awarding and executing project contracts.
The experience of Wayne County and the Wayne County Airport Authority in securing earmarked funds and executing contracts.

April, 2007

Develop a project champion succession plan within participating organizations to avoid orphaning a project.
The Great Lakes ITS project management experience from a change in political leadership.

March, 2007

Identify a single agency to be responsible for maintenance of an emergency vehicle preemption system.
The experience of multiple agencies with emergency vehicle preemption systems.

February, 2007

Investigate procurement alternatives of leasing, buying, or building equipment to minimize operations and maintenance costs.
Montana Department of Transportation's experience in procuring hardware and software for the statewide 511 traveler information system.

January, 2007

Develop a strategic maintenance and operations plan to improve efficiency and productivity.
Kentucky's experience with employing strategies to support and coordinate ITS maintenance and operations activities.

December, 2006

November, 2006

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.

October, 2006

Make use of different approaches and techniques to manage software acquisitions.
A national experience in acquiring software for ITS projects.

September, 2006

August, 2006

Consider the pros and cons of performance bonds as they may not be appropriate for all types of procurements.
The Riverside Transit Agency experience with the terms and conditions for procuring equipment and software for automatic vehicle location (AVL) and computer-aided dispatch (CAD).

July, 2006

Define a process within your organization for the consistent application of systems engineering methods
Florida DOT’s experience in adopting a systems engineering process.

June, 2006

Exercise careful planning in preparation for issuing an RFP to help mitigate cost, schedule, and performance risks.
The Riverside Transit Agency experience with the methods of award and terms and conditions used to procure equipment and software for automatic vehicle location (AVL) and computer-aided dispatch (CAD).

May, 2006

Do not count on revenue generation from data sharing to subsidize the operation and maintenance expenses of advanced traveler information systems.
A survey of transportation agencies and private firms involved in providing traveler information services.

April, 2006

Understand the issues, strategies and trade-offs that motivate agencies to join in a regional partnership and provide appropriate support.
Experience of seven partner public transportation agencies in the Central Puget Sound region of Washington in setting up a regional fare card program.

April, 2006

Anticipate, understand, address and manage the risks associated with fare card technologies and the vendor relationship.
Experience of seven partner public transportation agencies in the Central Puget Sound region of Washington in setting up a regional fare card program.

April, 2006

Plan for greater time and project complexity than expected.
Experience of seven partner public transportation agencies in the Central Puget Sound region of Washington in setting up a regional fare card program.

April, 2006

Consider a consensus organizational model to help assure support and participation of partners in a regional fare card project.
Experience of seven partner public transportation agencies in the Central Puget Sound region of Washington in setting up a regional fare card program.

April, 2006

Provide for appropriate legal support services to address the many significant legal issues faced in implementing a regional fare card project.
Experience of seven partner public transportation agencies in the Central Puget Sound region of Washington in setting up a regional fare card program.

April, 2006

Establish a coordinated fare structure to effectively accommodate differences in fare structures across participating agencies.
Experience of seven partner public transportation agencies in the Central Puget Sound region of Washington in setting up a regional fare card program.

April, 2006

Examine the contextual factors and carefully manage the associated issues that will determine the success or failure of a regional fare card project.
Experience of seven partner public transportation agencies in the Central Puget Sound region of Washington in setting up a regional fare card program.

April, 2006

Seek a variety of funding sources to support a regional fare card project, and offer a finance plan that encourages participation.
Experience of seven partner public transportation agencies in the Central Puget Sound region of Washington in setting up a regional fare card program.

April, 2006

Consider the value of implementing a limited fare pass system initially to serve as an interim experience base for a comprehensive region-wide electronic fare card system.
Experience of seven partner public transportation agencies in the Central Puget Sound region of Washington in setting up a regional fare card program.

March, 2006

Establish a forum for decision-makers and project managers to come together to receive project updates, work through critical project issues, make decisions, and support successful institutional collaboration in a project involving multiple agencies.
Orlando, Florida's experience with a Field Operational Test (FOT) on using a single smart card for transportation payments at facilities operated by multiple regional agencies.

February, 2006

February, 2006

February, 2006

Effectively communicate plans for implementing contraflow lanes during a hurricane evacuation.
Experience from nine transportation management projects on hurricane evacuation preparedness.

January, 2006

Consider dividing a large ITS project into manageable task orders.
A Colorado DOT experience in deploying a large multi-jurisdictional ITS project

December, 2005

Develop a formal ITS data sharing policy for your agency
A survey of transportation agencies and private firms involved in providing traveler information services.

November, 2005

Foster efficiency and joint commitment by promoting an open and cooperative relationship among all parties involved in the project.
Virginia DOT’s experience integrating data from public works and public safety agencies.

October, 2005

Use a bi-national stakeholder forum to help apply ITS technology at an international border crossing.
A public-private partnership experience in deploying a bi-national electronic truck border crossing system at the Washington /British Columbia border.

September, 2005

August, 2005