The service patrol program in St. Louis had operating costs of $2,015,378 in 2008, and operating costs of $2,075,839 in 2009.

Motorist Assist in St. Louis, Missouri is a key element in incident management for the Missouri DOT.

February 2010
St. Louis,Missouri,United States

Summary Information

Motorist Assist is a freeway service patrol program covers all freeway segments in the St. Louis metro area. Initially deployed in 1993 as part St. Louis's overall ITS deployment, Motorist Assist was one of the state's first ITS freeway management programs to use cameras, communication equipment, message boards and traffic sensors.

Motorist Assist currently uses 12 trucks and operators per shift to patrol 160 center lane miles every day from 5:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (excluding some major holidays) . On an annual basis, MA operators patrol over a million miles, and make over 31,000 stops each year. It is worth noting that the MA program was the first ITS freeway management program in St. Louis and Kansas City. The coverage includes the following highway segments:
  • I-44 Six Flags Road to Downtown St. Louis
  • I-55 Highway A (Festus) to Downtown St. Louis
  • I-64/Rte. 40 Rte. 94 to Downtown St. Louis
  • I-70 Mid Rivers Mall Drive to Downtown St. Louis
  • I-170 all
  • I-270/I-255 Riverview Drive to Jefferson Barracks Bridge

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Evaluation of Freeway Motorist Assist Program: Final Report

Author: Sun, Carlos; Chilukuri, Venkat; Ryan, Tom; Trueblook, Michael

Published By: MoDOT

Source Date: February 2010


System Cost

2008 Operating Costs $2,015,378
2009 Operating Costs $2,075,839


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Cost ID: 2011-00206