Establish partnerships with agencies that share regional ITS needs in order to maximize synergies.

A Colorado DOT experience in deploying the I-70 ITS Integration project

June 2006
Denver,Colorado,United States

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Through the I-70 West Integration project, as well as experiences from previous ITS projects, CDOT has learned the importance of establishing multi-agency partnerships with agencies that share similar regional ITS needs and goals. Working as a team – rather than as individual agencies – enhances the quality and effectiveness of ITS projects. During the I-70 West Integration project CDOT worked with a number of partner agencies including Colorado State Patrol, Denver Police Department, Denver Regional Council of Governments and the University of Colorado at Denver.

CDOT's experience developing partnerships provide a number of suggestions for enhancing the delivery of ITS projects:
  • Coordinate ITS projects with local partners in order to leverage funds. An initial task within the Colorado DOT's I-70 West Integration project was to study the possibilities, likelihoods and logistics of setting up a Center-to-Center (C2C) interface between the Colorado Transportation Management Center (CTMC) and the Denver International Airport (DIA). However, CDOT eventually learned that the City & County of Denver had already conducted such a study and had developed a deployment plan. Instead of repeating a similar study, the task order funds were instead devoted to supporting the City’s effort by installing communications end hardware to establish the initial link between the CTMC and the Denver (City) Traffic Operations.
  • Maintain recurring communications with partners. Establishing ongoing communications with partners – even those that may not be actively involved during the current phase of a project – helps maintain an atmosphere of cooperation and agreement. Such working relationships facilitate successful day-to-day operations as well as help form a foundation from which to develop future ITS initiatives.

This lesson suggests that the practice of establishing multi-agency partnerships and involving affected parties in the design and deployment of ITS projects leads to the maximization of project funds and enhances project outcomes. Such inter-agency partnerships have been an invaluable resource to Colorado’s ITS program by not only facilitating successful day-to-day operations of current projects, but also generating support for future ITS initiatives. Thus, when an agency is undertaking a regional ITS project, special attention and emphasis should be placed on building a strong stakeholder coalition.

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I-70 West Integration Project (FY01 Earmark) Local Evaluation Report

Author: Frank Kinder (Colorado DOT) Steven Sabinash (Centennial Engineering, Inc)

Published By: Colorado Department of Transportation

Source Date: June 2006

EDL Number: 14385

URL: https://rosap.ntl.bts.gov/view/dot/3693

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Volpe National Transportation Systems Center


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