The capital cost for an 18,000 square-feet traffic management center is estimated at $2,960,623.

Average TMC Capital Costs

December 2005
United States

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An agency's Transportation Management Center (TMC) financial plan must account for the initial capital costs and the annual operating costs. To help estimate these costs, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) study entitled "Transportation Management Center Business Planning and Plans Handbook" provided templates that itemized various elements of the capital and operating budget of a TMC. The objective of the templates is "to trigger the thought process that needs to go into a TMC Financial Plan," according to the FHWA study. Refer to Figures 9-2 and 9-3 in the source report to view the templates.

The annual operating costs template includes several operational scenarios, from 8 hour per day operation up to 24 hour per day operation, to assist the decision makers in estimating the costs of the differing service levels.

Resources available to help estimate the cost for the various components include:Extracted from the source report, the illustration further below shows the typical capital costs associated with an 18,000 square-feet TMC, with a total capital cost estimated at $2,960,623.

According to reference 4 noted above, the annual operations and management (O&M) costs can range from $50,000 to $1.8 million for the TMC physical plant, and from $55,000 to $1.3 million for the TMC personnel.
Estimate of Probable Cost for a 18,000 square feet TMC Building
TMC Elements
Architectural (building)
Civil Construction
Generator and Accessories
Fire Protection
Source: ADOT Central Control Facility Technical Memorandum

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Transportation Management Center Business Planning and Plans Handbook

Author: Booz Allen Hamilton and Kimley Horn and Associates Presented to the TMC Pooled Fund Study

Published By: U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration

Source Date: December 2005


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