The cost to operate and maintain a multiple agency data archive, fusion, and visualization system is approximately $400,000 per year.

O&M Cost of the RITIS system maintained by the University of Maryland, covering the greater Washington DC region and parts of the East Coast.


Summary Information

The CATT Laboratory at the University of Maryland has been developing the Regional Integrated Transportation Information System (RITIS) over the past decade, beginning with the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and expanding to cover states along the East Coast. RITIS incorporates data from several types of sources including transit AVL, traffic cameras, crash data, emergency responder dispatch, and weather information. These data come from several agencies and in unstandardized formats across systems. RITIS standardizes the raw data from the various agencies and displays it through multiple visualization tools in order to allow participating agencies to improve incident response, as well as traveler information.

The CATT Lab has over 50 part time undergraduates, 13 graduate students and 10 full-time employees. In a webinar presentation in 2011, the director of the CATT Lab said that maintaining RITIS costs about $400,000 per year, but costs will increase as the number of participating agencies and amount of data continues to grow. These costs are covered largely by the participating DOTs and are supplemented by Department of Homeland Security grants.

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A Virtual Tour of the University of Maryland's Innovative Method of Collecting, Archiving and Disseminating Transportation and Transit Data for the DC Metro Area

Author: Michael Pack, Director of the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology, University of Maryland

Published By: ITS America Webinar Series 06/22/2011

Sound recording also available ITSA Data Archive at UOFMD Webinar 110622.wma

Source Date: 06/22/2011


System Cost

Operating and Maintaining RITIS Lab - $400,000 per year in 2011


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Cost ID: 2011-00220