Public Safety (82 unique lessons found)

Emphasize data-driven mobilizations and incorporate Automated Speed Enforcement devices in vulnerable locations to minimize resource needs of speed-limit enforcement.
A report from the GHSA summarizes the impacts of speeding violations and presents a number of recommended steps to reduce travelers' risk.

Perform robust observations at intersections before determining whether red-light cameras should be installed.
Understanding whether red-light cameras would be a useful in the first place.

RSU triangulation techniques and inertial GPS solutions can improve geolocation accuracy for connected vehicles operating in dense urban environments.
New York City CV Pilot considered location correction solutions to address GPS positioning challenges associated with the cities "urban canyons"

Beware that modeling may not be a suitable substitute for before-after studies of ITS integration projects.
Experience from Minnesota's Traveler Information Guidance and Emergency Routing (TIGER) Project.

Utilize transportation tools in communications, traffic control, and monitoring and prediction to maximize the ability of the highway network to support evacuation operations.
Experience nationwide in the successful use of the transportation network in emergency evacuations with advance notice.

Include public and private sector transportation organizations as stakeholders in emergency evacuation operations and involve them in the preparedness and response planning.
Experience nationwide in the successful use of the transportation network in emergency evacuations with advance notice.

Utilize ITS technologies to improve highway efficiency in emergency evacuations with advance notice.
Experience nationwide in the successful use of the transportation network in emergency evacuations with advance notice.

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.

Coordinate extensively with agency staff and vendors when integrating a Transportation Management Center with Computer Aided Dispatch Systems.
Utah's experience with integrating a Transportation Management Center with Computer Aided Dispatch systems.

Clearly define information sharing procedures among agencies in an integrated Transportation Management Center-Computer Aided Dispatch system.
Utah's experience with integrating a Transportation Management Center with Computer Aided Dispatch systems.

Be aware of the challenges of disseminating travel information during disasters in rural areas.
Experiences of a panel of experts in disaster information dissemination.

Closely coordinate the content and delivery of travel information messages to the public during disasters.
Experiences of a panel of experts in disaster information dissemination.

Adequately plan for the ATIS operational needs for communicating with the public during disasters.
Experiences of a panel of experts in disaster information dissemination.

Invest in research and development for emergency integration.
Experience from 38 TMCs across the country.

Plan for the transport of special need populations, such as nursing home residents, during no-notice evacuations by advance identification of wheelchair accessible buses and shelters.
Experience from a no-notice evacuation moving residents from nursing homes to escape the plume from a hazardous-materials fire.

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.

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.

Use the U.S. Department of Transportation's Biohazard Operational Concept as a blueprint to guide the development of a biohazard event management plan.
Recommendations for defining the organizational structure, processes and policies for transportation management during a biohazard incident.

Manage response to a biohazard emergency using Emergency Activation Levels, an Incident Management System, and Emergency Operations Centers.
Recommendations for defining the system of direction and control of a state DOT for transportation management during a biohazard incident.

Treat maintenance staff as customers and beneficiaries of ATIS information.
Washington's experience in deploying five Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) projects and developing a standardized approach for evaluating ATIS projects.

Treat system operators as the client and consider their perspectives during ATIS project development.
Washington's experience in deploying five Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) projects and developing a standardized approach for evaluating ATIS projects.

Consider how implementing an ATIS system will impact staffing and training requirements.
Washington's experience in deploying five Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) projects and developing a standardized approach for evaluating ATIS projects.

Consider that ATIS deployment in rural and/or remote areas presents special challenges.
Washington's experience in deploying five Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) projects and developing a standardized approach for evaluating ATIS projects.

Balance project goals against the constraints and capabilities of project partners.
Virginia DOT’s experience integrating data from public works and public safety agencies.

Develop early deployment and rapid prototyping strategies to improve the project development process.
Virginia DOT’s experience integrating data from public works and public safety agencies.

Limit CMS message length to allow for adequate reading time at high speeds.
Best practices for use of CMS shared from several states.

Involve both public and private sectors in disseminating emergency management and disaster recovery information
A nationwide evaluation of Advanced Traveler Information Systems and emergency management

Coordinate extensively with other stakeholder agencies.
New Mexico’s experience planning, deployment and operating a work zone traffic and incident management system.

Use ITS to implement a reliable communications system in work zones.
New Mexico’s experience in planning, deploying and operating a work zone traffic and incident management system.

Ensure initial and ongoing success of ITS deployments by providing sufficient start-up time, maintaining flexibility, and performing maintenance needs in-house.
New Mexico’s experience with planning, deployment and operating a work zone traffic and incident management system.

Anticipate and plan for delays in deployment related to weather and the physical environment.
Alaska DOT&PF’s experience integrating a common technology into ITS and IT plans.

Adopt adequate and thorough procurement processes which cover purchases of both standardized commodity type equipment and highly complex integrated ITS components.
Silicon Valley Smart Corridor’s experience with procuring equipment for the development of an integrated freeway, arterial and incident management system.

Consider potential system enhancements to meet heavy demand.
Utah DOT’s experience managing the development and deployment of arterial and freeway management systems

Identify all transportation, incident management, and emergency response entities and strive to resolve issues with semantics and terminology among different agencies.
The experiences in multi-agency coordination, emergency response, and transportation operations within the National Capital Region on September 11, 2001.

Provide a single message to the public to assure consistency and to correct inaccurate crisis information.
Transportation agencies share their experiences in coordinating with the media during and after a catastrophic event – in this case, September 11, 2001, in the National Capital Region.

Provide a single message to the public to assure consistency and to correct inaccurate crisis information.
Transportation agencies share their experiences in coordinating with the media during and after a catastrophic event – in this case, September 11, 2001, in the National Capital Region.

Deploy ITS systems strategically to achieve benefits.
San Antonio’s experience with integration of freeway and arterial management systems.

Integrate freeway and alternate route operations to achieve greater benefits.
San Antonio’s experience with integration of freeway and arterial management systems.

Use ITS Standards to achieve interchangeability and interoperability for Dynamic Message Signs.
Experience of nine agencies using Dynamic Message Signs built to NTCIP specifications.

Allocate sufficient resources for technology deployment and operator training to improve incident detection and verification.
Experience of transportation professionals nationwide in developing successful incident management programs.

Manage resources to optimize incident response and clearance times to reduce the impact on traffic flow.
Experience of transportation professionals nationwide in developing successful incident management programs.

Follow a modular approach when deploying complex projects in locations with a shortened construction season.
Experience from the Integrated Corridor Traffic Management Project in Minnesota

Utilize well-equipped safety service patrols to assist highway motorists after vehicle malfunctions or crashes, and to coordinate a safe and efficient response.
Testimonials of the benefits of safety service patrols from staff of several state DOTs, travelers, and others.

Select appropriate technologies to enable emergency notification and response systems to complement traditional 9-1-1 service.
Colorado and Washington’s experience with emergency notification and response systems.

Provide consistent and high-quality information to influence traveler behavior.
National experience with evaluating user response to freeway management systems.

Plan diversion routes carefully to avoid negative consequences on designated alternate routes.
National experience with route diversion for incident management.

Consider cost-saving strategies and long term needs when making communications investments.
National experience with making communications investments for incident management.