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Advanced communications have improved the dissemination of information to the traveling public. Motorists are now able to receive relevant information on location-specific traffic conditions in a number of ways, including dynamic message signs (DMS), highway advisory radio (HAR), and in-vehicle signing, or specialized information transmitted to individual vehicles.


Evaluation of Arterial Travel Time Information System in Minneapolis suburb costs $180,000(October 2010)

Planning-level studies indicate that an effective combination of ICM strategies can be implemented for $7.5 Million per year (annualized capital and O&M).(September 2008)

The annualized life-cycle costs for full ITS deployment and operations in Tucson were estimated at $72.1 million. (May 2005)

A modeling study evaluated the potential deployment of full ITS capabilities in Cincinnati. The annualized life-cycle cost was estimated at $98.2 million.(May 2005)

The annualized life-cycle costs for full ITS deployment and operations in Seattle were estimated at $132.1 million.(May 2005)

TMC central hardware costs can exceed $200,000 if regional communications and system integration are required.(5 August 2004)

The $106 million capital cost for CommuterLink - the Salt Lake City, Utah advanced transportation management system - includes numerous components such as a signal system, ramp metering, traveler information dissemination, traffic surveillance and monitoring, and fiber optic network.(March 2004)

The cost of stage one of the Watt Avenue ITS corridor in Sacramento, California was estimated at $1.5 million.(May 2003)

Detailed costs of the advanced parking management system operational test in St. Paul, Minnesota.(2001)

The costs of the Integrated Corridor Management Project (ICTM), deployed on an 8-mile section of the I-494 transportation corridor south of the Twin Cities in Minnesota, was $9 million.(April 2000)

In Wenatchee, Washington, the construction of a Transportation Management Center (TMC) and the installation of the associated ITS field equipment cost $460,000.(June 2009)

The annualized life-cycle costs for full ITS deployment and operations in Tucson were estimated at $72.1 million. (May 2005)

A modeling study evaluated the potential deployment of full ITS capabilities in Cincinnati. The annualized life-cycle cost was estimated at $98.2 million.(May 2005)

The annualized life-cycle costs for full ITS deployment and operations in Seattle were estimated at $132.1 million.(May 2005)

The cost of stage one of the Watt Avenue ITS corridor in Sacramento, California was estimated at $1.5 million.(May 2003)

The average cost to upgrade backhaul telecommunications to support a DSRC roadside unit for V2I applications is estimated to vary from $3,000, if the site has sufficient backhaul and will only need an upgrade, to $40,000, if the site requires a completely new backhaul system.(09/01/2015)

Development of an ICM strategy for 8-mile corridor in Minneapolis costs $601,215.(October 2010)

DMS support structure - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - shelter - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications wireless - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

DMS support structure - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - shelter - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

DMS support structure - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

DMS support structure - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - shelter - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

DMS support structure - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Communications equipment - cabinet - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Dynamic message sign - Capital cost/unit - $5000(2/4/2013)

Changeable Message Signs - Capital cost/unit - $19000(June 2008)

Conduit - Capital cost/unit - $150000(January 2008)

Dynamic Message Sign - Capital cost/unit - $150000(January 2008)

Dynamic Message Sign - Capital cost/unit - $150000(January 2008)

Variable Message Sign - Capital cost/unit - $35000 - O&M cost/unit - $2500 - Lifetime - 10 years(7/10/2007)

Variable Message Sign - Portable - Capital cost/unit - $18300 - O&M cost/unit - $600 - Lifetime - 7 years(06/30/2006)

Variable Message Sign - Arterial - Capital cost/unit - $55000 - O&M cost/unit - $2750(5 August 2004)

Trailblazer Structure - Capital cost/unit - $55000 - O&M cost/unit - $2750(5 August 2004)

Trailblazer Structure - Capital cost/unit - $55000 - O&M cost/unit - $2750(5 August 2004)

Variable Message Sign - Arterial - Capital cost/unit - $55000 - O&M cost/unit - $2750(5 August 2004)

Variable Message Sign - Arterial - Capital cost/unit - $55000 - O&M cost/unit - $2750(5 August 2004)

Variable Message Sign - Portable - Capital cost/unit - $30000 - O&M cost/unit - $1200 - Lifetime - 14 years(09/17/2003)

Dynamic Message Sign (DMS) - Capital cost/unit - $40000(September 2003)

Conduit Design and Installation - Corridor - Capital cost/unit - $64000 - Lifetime - 30 years(08/20/2003)

Variable Message Sign - Capital cost/unit - $16400 - O&M cost/unit - $250 - Lifetime - 15 years(08/20/2003)

Highway advisory radio - Capital cost/unit - $12670(2/4/2013)

Highway advisory radio - Capital cost/unit - $12670(2/4/2013)

Highway advisory radio - Capital cost/unit - $12670(2/4/2013)

Highway Advisory Radio - Capital cost/unit - $12670(2007)

Highway Advisory Radio - Capital cost/unit - $150000(January 2008)

Highway Advisory Radio - Portable - Capital cost/unit - $150000(January 2008)

Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) - Capital cost/unit - $40000(September 2003)

Highway Advisory Radio (HAR) Signs - Capital cost/unit - $40000(September 2003)

DSRC Roadside Unit - Capital cost/unit - $7450 - Lifetime - 5 years(11/13/2017)

DSRC Roadside Unit - Capital cost/unit - $7450 - Lifetime - 5 years(11/13/2017)

Roadside Equipment for DSRC - Capital cost/unit - $7450 - Lifetime - 5 years(09/01/2015)

TMC Information Dissemination Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $7500 - O&M cost/unit - $375 - Lifetime - 5 years(September 2008)

Labor for Traffic Information Dissemination - O&M cost/unit - $100000(September 2008)

TMC Information Dissemination Software - Capital cost/unit - $7500 - O&M cost/unit - $375 - Lifetime - 5 years(September 2008)

Dynamic Trailblazer - Capital cost/unit - $12415 - O&M cost/unit - $2168(5 August 2004)

Automatic Passenger Counter (APC) system - Capital cost/unit - $7450 - Lifetime - 5 years(June 2003)

Automatic Passenger Counter (APC) system - Capital cost/unit - $7450 - Lifetime - 5 years(June 2003)

Automated Passenger Counter (APC) system - Capital cost/unit - $7450 - Lifetime - 5 years(June 2003)

Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) strategies that promote integration among freeways, arterials, and transit systems can help balance traffic flow and enhance corridor performance; simulation models indicate benefit-to-cost ratios for combined strategies range from 7:1 to 25:1.(2009)

Simulations indicated that using a decision support tool to select alternative traffic control plans during non-recurring congestion in the Disney Land area of Anaheim, California could reduce travel time by 2 to 29 percent and decrease stop time by 15 to 56 percent. (December 2001)

A model indicated that an advanced transportation management and traveler information system serving northern Kentucky and Cincinnati reduced crash fatalities by 3.2 percent during peak periods.(4-7 June 2001)

Modeling indicated that an advanced transportation management and traveler information system serving northern Kentucky and Cincinnati reduced delay by 0.2 minutes per trip during AM peak periods and by 0.6 minutes during PM peak periods. (4-7 June 2001)

Modeling found emissions reductions of 3.7 to 4.6 percent due to an advanced transportation management and traveler information system serving northern Kentucky and Cincinnati.(4-7 June 2001)

A simulation study of the road network in Seattle, Washington demonstrated that providing information on arterials as well as freeways in a traveler information system reduced vehicle-hours of delay by 3.4 percent and reduced the total number of stops by 5.5 percent.(6-9 November 2000)

A simulation study of the road network in Seattle, Washington demonstrated that providing information on arterials as well as freeways in a traveler information system increased throughput by 0.1 percent.(6-9 November 2000)

A simulation study of the road network in Seattle, Washington demonstrated that providing information on arterials as well as freeways in a traveler information system reduced vehicle-hours of delay by 3.4 percent and reduced the total number of stops by 5.5 percent.(6-9 November 2000)

A simulation study of the road network in Seattle, Washington demonstrated that providing information on arterials as well as freeways in a traveler information system increased throughput by 0.1 percent.(6-9 November 2000)

Rapid deployment of DSRC for connected vehicles can save thousands of lives, regardless of whether a later transition to C-V2X proves advantageous.(12/12/2017)

Intelligent advanced warnings of end-of-green at signalized intersections led to more stopping and milder deceleration compared to no warnings.(03/01/2014)

Applications that recommend optimal speeds for specific road segments can yield emissions and fuel consumption savings of 5.3 percent and 11.6 percent, respectively, for cars.(2014)

The Safe Green Passage application using the Multipath Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT) broadcast message to inform drivers revealed that as travel demand increased, the benefits of the application decreased.(03/01/2013)

Simulation models show that real-time on-board driver assistance systems that recommend proper following distances can improve fuel economy by approximately 10 percent.(21-25 September 2009)

An overheight warning system at a CSX bridge in Maryland decreased the number of tractor-trailer incidents by 75 percent(04/02/2011)

Agencies that manage multimodal transportation corridors can use AMS methodology with ICM decision support systems to facilitate predictive, real-time, and scenario-based decision-making.(12/01/2016)

Avoid using blank messages on dynamic message signs (DMS) including dashes for travel time applications as drivers may not understand these signs or assume they are broken.(December 2012)

In developing software for automated posting of messages on dynamic message signs, focus on the types of messages that are used often and changed frequently, and also include manual methods for posting.(01/30/2009)

Use Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation (AMS) to identify gaps, determine constraints, and invest in the best combination of Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) strategies.(September 2008)

Consider the long-term operations and maintenance responsibilities and costs when selecting project components. (9 May 2008)

Expect non-custom hardware and software to have technology limitations that may affect operational capabilities. (9 May 2008)

Prepare in advance for severe weather by staffing enough snow plow operators and ensuring that public information systems will be updated with current weather and road conditions.(March 27, 2007 )

Identify key design issues in the deployment of advanced parking management systems (APMS).(January 2007)

Involve all appropriate stakeholders in a formal and collaborative manner during each phase of the advanced parking management systems (APMS) project.(January 2007)

Consider the impact of different technical and design factors when making cost estimates for advanced parking management systems (APMS).(January 2007)

Ensure proper operations and maintenance of advanced parking management systems (APMS)(January 2007)

Consult with traffic engineers early in the process of no-notice evacuations to secure the use of traffic management resources and to identify routes for evacuation and re-entry.(February 2006)

Develop a user-oriented system for displaying travel time messages on dynamic messages signs. (May, 2005)

Optimize travel time messaging operations by improving the way in which data is collected, analyzed, and displayed. (May, 2005)

Follow accepted guidelines to create concise, effective messages to communicate to the public using Dynamic Message Signs (DMS).(August 2004)

Adopt adequate and thorough procurement processes which cover purchases of both standardized commodity type equipment and highly complex integrated ITS components.(9/23/2003)

Deploy ITS systems strategically to achieve benefits.(6/1/2001)

Integrate freeway and alternate route operations to achieve greater benefits.(6/1/2001)

Follow a modular approach when deploying complex projects in locations with a shortened construction season.(April 2000)

"Smart City" Planners are encouraged to emphasize the interconnectedness of mobility solutions with community goals, whether or not those solutions are perceived of as being high-tech.(11/12/2018)

RSU triangulation techniques and inertial GPS solutions can improve geolocation accuracy for connected vehicles operating in dense urban environments.

Industry Experts Offer Recommendations for Enterprise-wide Security Controls for the Connected Vehicle Environment.(05/01/2017)

Consider the spatial environment in which a wireless technology is planned to assure signal reception will be sufficient to support V2I applications.(03/01/2013)

Keep technical solutions open-ended in the early stages of an ITS research project, and follow a research oriented contract vehicle.(May 16, 2007)