Cooperate with organizations representing different operating philosophies, priorities, budgets, and constituents to integrate ITS.

San Antonio's experience with the integration of freeway and arterial management systems.

San Antonio,Texas,United States

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The integration of ITS often requires the cooperation, if not the merging, of organizations representing different operating philosophies, priorities, budgets, and constituents.
  • Challenge local agencies to think regionally. Each agency needs to come together and essentially “remove their stripes.” They must recognize that the traveler is not concerned about lines on the map, but about moving quickly, safely, and efficiently through the network. Consequently, regional transportation officials must also focus on this regional end result.
  • Improve cooperation through the adoption of a peer-to-peer permissive operating philosophy. Under this philosophy, management decisions may be generated regionally, but continue to be instituted locally. For example, in San Antonio, incident response signal plans continue to be implemented by the City of San Antonio.
  • Secure initial cooperation by offering unique incentives. For example, the City of San Antonio was offered the opportunity to co-locate their Medical Center Corridor arterial management center within the Texas Department of Transportation's TransGuide Center.

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San Antonio's Medical Center Corridor: Lessons Learned From The Metropolitan Model Deployment Initiative


Published By: USDOT ITS JPO

Source Date: 6/1/2001

EDL Number: 13220

Other Reference Number: FHWA-OP-01-034

URL: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/2793

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Mark Carter

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Jane Lappin
Volpe National Transportation Systems Center


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Lesson ID: 2005-00046