Intelligent Transportation Systems
What is ITS?
Intelligent Transportation Systems includes a broad range of communications-based information and electronics technologies. ITS can be a mobile technology – as part of a bus, train, subway, or truck – or a part of our highways and road (signs, signals, EZ Pass toll collection, etc.).
Some ITS technologies, such as traffic signal coordination, have been used by traffic engineers for many years, while other projects, such as Smart Card transit fare payment or dynamic route guidance, make use of emerging technologies. ITS includes all of these types of technology and more.
Using Technology To Improve Transportation When integrated into the transportation system's infrastructure, and in vehicles themselves, these technologies monitor and manage traffic flow, relieve congestion, improve safety and enhance productivity.
In short, ITS helps save lives, time, and money.
Benefits of ITS
Through the use of ITS, public agencies and private corporations, both alone and in partnership, are able to provide for safer, quicker, and more efficient travel. Benefits of ITS include:
Better travel information: At home, at work, or on the road, travelers have access to real-time, up-to-date information about transit and train schedules, schedule adherence, roadway conditions, and other travel information.
Quicker emergency response:Electronic accident detection allows trained operators to locate then judge the nature of a crash so they can quickly dispatch and guide the right emergency personnel and equipment to the site.
Easier travel: In-vehicle navigation systems tell car, truck, and transit drivers how to best reach their destination and will provide alternate routing during congestion, emergencies or other events.
Improved travel flow: A driver with a toll debit card (EZ Pass) attached to his vehicle can travel through toll plazas without stopping. His toll charges are deducted automatically from a prepaid account. Other travel fare collection systems, like SMART CARDS, allow subway fares, transfers and other fees to be charged to one card.
Fewer traffic jams: Traffic management centers reduce traffic jams and speed travel by continuously monitoring current conditions, freeway operations, and traffic signal operation, and responding quickly to incidents.
Improved fleet management: Bus, freight and emergency vehicle tracking systems allow supervisors to track vehicles and to communicate directly with drivers.
Faster freight deliveries: Intelligent Transportation Systems provide for electronic weighing and inspection of commercial vehicles while in motion, electronic issuing and monitoring of transportation permits and automatic tracking of containers.
Reduced costs: The use of intelligent transportation technologies allows owners and operators to make more efficient use of existing resources by automating functions, sharing real-time information, and improving safety.
ITS in the Baltimore Region ITS is included in the regional transportation planning process in a number of ways. First, ITS is included in the long and short range transportation plans, as well as the annual Unified Planning Work Program. In addition, Baltimore Metropolitan Council staff work with other local, state, and regional planners and stakeholders to continuously improve ITS in the region. Staff work with a number of committees and on several ITS related projects. Learn more…
Management & Operations Strategic Deployment Plan – This plan includes the role of ITS solutions in the Baltimore region and promotes the development of an integrated, interoperable ITS infrastructure.
Multi-Modal Traveler Information System - With this system, information is gathered from various types of transit (highways, buses, etc) and then put into a system and shared with travelers. MMTIS is under development at this time.
Committees – the following committees work on ITS related issues:
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