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The hub or nerve center of many arterial management systems. It is where the data about the arterial system is collected and processed, fused with other operational and control data, synthesized to produce information, and distributed to stakeholders such as the media, other agencies, and the traveling public. TMC staff uses the information to monitor the operation of the arterial system and to initiate control strategies that affect changes in the operation of the network. It is also where agencies can coordinate their responses to traffic situations and incidents.


Provide commuters with predictive traffic measures to improve trip planning and reduce congestion during peak hours.(05/17/2019)

Local TMCs should "start small" with technology testing and focus on successful solutions for a focused deployment approach, says Road Commission for Oakland County.(06/04/2018)

Use a local SQL Lite database with positional data to improve the performance of GIS applications(10/1/2015)

A mobile weather responsive traffic management system saved the Wyoming DOT more than one person-year of labor costs.(10/1/2015)

Integrate Road Weather Information Systems program and Transportation Management Centers to improve internal operations practices.(November 2009)

Treat maintenance staff as customers and beneficiaries of ATIS information.(5/1/2005)

Standardize the system environment.(4/1/2003)

Consider potential system enhancements to meet heavy demand.(4/1/2003)

Define your agency's expectations of a new system and a robust set of system requirements and then choose the software that meets your requirements.(4/1/2003)

Provide a single message to the public to assure consistency and to correct inaccurate crisis information.(March 2002)

A mobile weather responsive traffic management system saved the Wyoming DOT more than one person-year of labor costs.(10/1/2015)

Deploying advanced traffic signal controllers and an adaptive decision support system for 110 blocks of New York City led to a 10 percent decrease in travel times.(August/September 2012)

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)

In Espanola, New Mexico the implementation of a traffic management system on NM 68 provided a decrease in total crashes of 27.5 percent and a reduction in vehicle delay of 87.5 percent.(September 2, 2008)

Deploying an advanced signal control system for 110 blocks in Midtown Manhattan cost $1.6 million.(August/September 2012)

In Spokane, Washington, the cost of integrating ITS field devices with fiber optic links and a microwave link was $1,837,251.(June 2009)

In Snohomish County, Washington, interconnecting five traffic signals and three CCTV cameras to a central signal system cost $91,000.(June 2009)

In Hattiesburg, MS, the cost to install a Traffic Management Center and 2.4 miles of fiber optic cable was $608,252.60(19 March 2009)

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 capital cost for an 18,000 square-feet traffic management center is estimated at $2,960,623.(December 2005)

Two California cities opt to transmit real-time video over existing copper-based communications infrastructure at a cost of $96,000 compared to $161,000 if new fiber optic cable alternative selected.(May 2004)

For a transportation management center (TMC), 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 TMC personnel.(7 January 2004)

At a cost of $65,000, Washington State DOT added a traffic camera system to fight congestion at two of the busiest intersections in the Puget Sound area.(4 December 2002)

The city of Indianapolis, Indiana, upgraded more than 220 of its intersections with advanced signal controller systems and connected them to a central computer system for $5.1 million.(28 January 2002)

Nineteen metropolitan North Seattle, Washington city signal systems were integrated at a cost of $1,755,000.(30 May 2000)

Conduit installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable - connection hardware - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Communications Ethernet - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Communications design - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable - connection hardware - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Communications design - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable - connection hardware - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable - connection hardware - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Conduit pull box - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Conduit installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Conduit installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable - connection hardware - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Communications server - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Communication design - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Conduit splice box - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Communications Ethernet - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Conduit installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Communications hub - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable - connection hardware - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Communications hub - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Conduit installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable - connection hardware - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Conduit junction box - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Communications encoder/decoder - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable installation - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable - connection hardware - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Fiber optic cable - connection hardware - Capital cost/unit - $8.13(2/4/2013)

Adaptive Signal Control Equipment - Capital cost/unit - $44500(2013)

Adaptive Signal Control Equipment - Capital cost/unit - $44500(2013)

Adaptive Signal Control Equipment - Capital cost/unit - $44500(2013)

Ethernet Switch - Capital cost/unit - $44500(2013)

Information Service Center Labor - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

TMC Software/System Integration - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

TMC Hardware for Signal Control - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

Information Service Center Software - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

Transit Center Software/Integration - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

TMC Software/Integration - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

Integration for Dynamic Electronic Tolls - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

TMC Hardware for Freeway Control - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

TMC Information Dissemination Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

System Integration - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

Info Center System Integration - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

Map Database Software - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

TMC System Integration - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

Labor for Traffic Information Dissemination - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

TMC Information Dissemination Software - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

Information Service Center Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

DS1 Communication Line - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

DS3 Communication Line - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

TMC Labor - Capital cost/unit - $750 - O&M cost/unit - $6600 - Lifetime - 20 years(September 2008)

Fiber Optic Cable - Capital cost/unit - $5000 - O&M cost/unit - $2000(January 2008)

Software for Traffic Information Dissemination - Capital cost/unit - $250000 - O&M cost/unit - $12000 - Lifetime - 10 years(7/10/2007)

Software, Integration for Signal Control - Capital cost/unit - $250000 - O&M cost/unit - $10000 - Lifetime - 5 years(7/10/2007)

Conduit Design and Installation - Corridor - Capital cost/unit - $54300 - Lifetime - 20 years(07/14/2006)

Hardware for Signal Control - Capital cost/unit - $60000 - O&M cost/unit - $300 - Lifetime - 10 years(06/30/2006)

Linked Signal System LAN - Capital cost/unit - $310200 - O&M cost/unit - $1550 - Lifetime - 10 years(06/30/2006)

Software, Integration for Signal Control - Capital cost/unit - $100000 - O&M cost/unit - $500 - Lifetime - 10 years(06/30/2006)

Software, Integration for Regional Control - Capital cost/unit - $50000 - O&M cost/unit - $250 - Lifetime - 10 years(06/30/2006)

Fiber optic Cable Installation - Capital cost/unit - $76000(06/23/2006)

Software, Integration for Signal Control - Capital cost/unit - $265000 - O&M cost/unit - $15000 - Lifetime - 10 years(6/19/2006)

Hardware for Signal Control - Capital cost/unit - $78000 - Lifetime - 10 years(6/19/2006)

Fiber optic Cable Installation - Capital cost/unit - $67000 - O&M cost/unit - $0 - Lifetime - 20 years(7/5/2005)

Information Service Provider Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $27000 - O&M cost/unit - $540(July 2005)

Emergency Response Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $9000 - O&M cost/unit - $180(July 2005)

Hardware for Signal Control - Capital cost/unit - $30000(July 2005)

Hardware for Probe Information Collection - Capital cost/unit - $4000 - O&M cost/unit - $200(July 2005)

Hardware Upgrade for Interactive Information - Capital cost/unit - $12000 - O&M cost/unit - $240(July 2005)

Information Service Provider Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $40000 - O&M cost/unit - $800(July 2005)

Hardware Upgrade for Emergency Route Planning - Capital cost/unit - $6000 - O&M cost/unit - $120(July 2005)

Hardware Upgrade for Interactive Information - Capital cost/unit - $18000 - O&M cost/unit - $360(July 2005)

Emergency Response Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $12000 - O&M cost/unit - $240(July 2005)

Hardware Upgrade for Emergency Route Planning - Capital cost/unit - $10000 - O&M cost/unit - $200(July 2005)

Hardware for Probe Information Collection - Capital cost/unit - $4000 - O&M cost/unit - $200(July 2005)

Labor for Incident Response - O&M cost/unit - $131400(6/30/2005)

Hardware for Signal Control - Capital cost/unit - $8000 - O&M cost/unit - $500 - Lifetime - 5 years(6/30/2005)

Video Displays for Traffic Surveillance - Capital cost/unit - $25000 - O&M cost/unit - $500 - Lifetime - 10 years(6/30/2005)

Integration for Incident Response - O&M cost/unit - $312300(6/30/2005)

Hardware for Incident Response - Capital cost/unit - $2300 - Lifetime - 5 years(6/30/2005)

Basic Facilities, Comm for Small Area - Capital cost/unit - $195000 - O&M cost/unit - $1000 - Lifetime - 10 years(6/29/2005)

Conduit Design and Installation - Corridor - Capital cost/unit - $95000 - O&M cost/unit - $1000 - Lifetime - 30 years(6/29/2005)

Fiber optic Cable Installation - Capital cost/unit - $52800 - O&M cost/unit - $1000 - Lifetime - 30 years(6/29/2005)

Fiber optic Cable Installation - Capital cost/unit - $48300 - O&M cost/unit - $500 - Lifetime - 10 years(6/26/28/2005)

Emergency Response Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $700 - Lifetime - 5 years(7/22/2004)

Decoders - Capital cost/unit - $3700(7/22/2004)

Wireless Communications, High Usage - Capital cost/unit - $9100 - Lifetime - 5 years(7/22/2004)

Ethernet Networking Equipment - Capital cost/unit - $5700 - Lifetime - 5 years(7/22/2004)

Wireless Communications, Low - Capital cost/unit - $600 - Lifetime - 5 years(7/22/2004)

Media Converter - Capital cost/unit - $1400 - Lifetime - 5 years(7/22/2004)

Media Converter - Capital cost/unit - $1400 - Lifetime - 5 years(7/22/2004)

Router - Capital cost/unit - $11000 - Lifetime - 5 years(7/22/2004)

Network Monitoring Software - Capital cost/unit - $1200 - Lifetime - 3 years(7/22/2004)

Emergency Response Software - Capital cost/unit - $100 - Lifetime - 2 years(7/22/2004)

Video Servers - Capital cost/unit - $6200(7/22/2004)

Microwave Communication - Capital cost/unit - $5000 - Lifetime - 5 years(7/22/2004)

Linked Signal System LAN Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $3856 - Lifetime - 5 years(6/30/2004)

Integration for Traffic Surveillance - Capital cost/unit - $10000 - O&M cost/unit - $400 - Lifetime - 6 years(09/2/2003)

Fiber optic Cable Installation - Design - Capital cost/unit - $29000(09/2/2003)

Basic Facilities, Comm for Small Area - Capital cost/unit - $136000 - O&M cost/unit - $10000 - Lifetime - 10 years(09/2/2003)

Hardware for Signal Control - Capital cost/unit - $10000 - O&M cost/unit - $200 - Lifetime - 5 years(09/2/2003)

Direct Bury Armor Encased Fiber Cable - Capital cost/unit - $23000 - O&M cost/unit - $3000 - Lifetime - 50 years(09/2/2003)

Hardware for Traffic Information Dissemination - Capital cost/unit - $12000 - O&M cost/unit - $200 - Lifetime - 10 years(09/2/2003)

Conduit Design and Installation - Corridor - Capital cost/unit - $191000 - O&M cost/unit - $3000 - Lifetime - 50 years(09/2/2003)

Software, Integration for Signal Control - Capital cost/unit - $130000 - O&M cost/unit - $5000 - Lifetime - 10 years(09/2/2003)

Internet Video System - Capital cost/unit - $15000 - O&M cost/unit - $400 - Lifetime - 8 years(09/2/2003)

Emergency Response Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $9300 - Lifetime - 3 years(6/26/2003)

Basic Facilities, Comm for Medium Area - Capital cost/unit - $820000 - Lifetime - 20 years(6/26/2003)

Emergency Response Software - Capital cost/unit - $400500 - Lifetime - 5 years(6/26/2003)

Conduit Design and Installation - Corridor - Capital cost/unit - $21800(06/23/2003)

Command Center Map Database Software - Capital cost/unit - $33100 - O&M cost/unit - $3400 - Lifetime - 10 years(06/25/2002)

Communications Center Hardware - Capital cost/unit - $14400 - Lifetime - 10 years(06/25/2002)

Video Codec Decoder - Capital cost/unit - $5500 - Lifetime - 8 years(06/1/2001)