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A variety of surveillance and detection technologies can help detect incidents quickly, including inductive loop or acoustic road way detectors, and camera systems providing frequent still images or full-motion pictures.


Utilize technology sharing and training opportunities to form mutually beneficial relationships for successful incident management programs.(1/1/2004)

Identify innovative solutions for deploying Information Stations that report real-time data for weather and traffic monitoring in the event of a hurricane.(11/1/2003)

Develop partnerships for a cost-effective approach to deploy remote traffic count stations that will provide real-time traffic data during a hurricane evacuation.(11/1/2003)

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

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

Focus on detection, response and clearance to improve incident management, only turn to planning diversion routes after these are as robust as possible.(6/1/1998)

Consider cost-saving strategies and long term needs when making communications investments.(6/1/1998)

Overall benefit-cost ratio for traffic incident management-oriented ITS program estimated to be 3.16.(July 31, 2015)

Highway segments with dynamic message signs found to have 16.6 percent fewer crashes than those segments without the signs.(July 31, 2015)

An automated incident detection procedure developed for arterials detected 75 percent of reported incidents and had a false alarm rate of 26 percent.(August 1, 2012)

Delay savings benefit-to-cost ratio of 8.5:1 found with deployment of a traffic incident management system in Knoxville, Tennessee (05/01/2012)

New Jersey Department of Transportation enhanced incident management efficiency by using I-95 Corridor Coalition’s Vehicle Probe Project data, experiencing an estimated savings of $100,000 per incident in user delay costs.(August 12, 2010)

Using sensors and traffic cameras for incident identification and verification yielded benefit-to-cost ratios of 6.54:1 and 12.47:1, respectively.(April 2007)

TMC staff in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania found real-time traffic information useful and noted that it improved coverage for incident management.(5 September 2002)

A simulation study indicated that integrating traveler information with traffic and incident management systems in Seattle, Washington could reduce emissions by 1 to 3 percent, lower fuel consumption by 0.8 percent, and improve fuel economy by 1.3 percent.(September 1999)

A simulation study indicated that integrating traveler information with traffic and incident management systems in Seattle, Washington could diminish delay by 1 to 7 percent, reduce stops by about 5 percent, lower travel time variability by 2.5 percent, and improve trip time reliability by 1.2 percent.(September 1999)

Advanced traffic management systems in the Netherlands and Germany reduced crash rates by 20 to 23 percent.(August 1999)

The delay reduction benefits of improved incident management in the Greater Houston area saved motorists approximately $8,440,000 annually. (7 February 1997)

In Toronto, the COMPASS traffic monitoring and incident information dissemination system on Highway 401 decreased the average incident duration from 86 to 30 minutes per incident.(1997)

Indiana initiated a $34 million ITS project to offer advanced incident messaging, traffic flow monitoring, and detection of wrong-way motorists at toll roads.

A seaport technology program planned for the Port of Oakland was projected to cost $30.6 million.(01/29/2018)

Florida DOT District IV 2006 budget supports a variety of SMART SunGuide transportation management center programs.(January 2007)

The Pennsylvania (PA) Turnpike Commission expanded its statewide advanced traveler information system (ATIS) to better inform motorists of traffic, weather, and emergency conditions along the PA Turnpike. The overall project cost was $8.2 million.(April 2006)

Florida DOT District IV 2005 budget supports a variety of SMART SunGuide transportation management center programs.(31 January 2006)

The cost of O&M at the Arizona TMC was estimated at $2 million per year.(January 2006)

The integrated freeway/incident management system covering 28.9 miles in San Antonio was deployed for approximately $26.6 million.(May 2000)