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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.

SMART SunGuide TMC Case Study in Broward County, Florida


January 2007
Broward County; Florida; United States


Summary Information

The 2006 Annual Report SMART SunGuide Transportation Management Center (TMC) reports significant achievements for the program, including an increased effort in collecting data to create performance measures reports that greatly benefited TMC programming. The SMART SunGuide TMC is considered a model for inter-agency, multi-modal transportation management. The TMC is the communication hub for traffic information along I-95, I-595, and I-75 in Broward County. The center currently operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide proactive county wide traffic incident management.

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.

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Source

2006 Annual Report SMART SunGuide Transportation Management Center (TMC)

Author: Florida DOT, District IV

Correspondence with Steve Corbin, FDOT District IV, ITS Operations Manager, February 2007.

Published By: Florida DOT

Source Date: January 2007

URL: http://www.smartsunguide.com/PDF/Annual%20Report%20-%20screen%20V2.pdf

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Benefit ID: 2009-00603