With nearly 4.6 million residents in the Phoenix metro area, efficient transportation operations are crucial. The AZTech Regional Partnership works to keep the freeways and roadways moving through integrated traffic operations methods such as integrated corridor management and SMART Corridors.
Closures on freeways and interstates within the Phoenix metropolitan area causes vehicles to divert off the freeways and onto the arterial street networks. Effectively managing the effects of a freeway closure puts a tremendous responsibility on arterial management agencies to handle the increased volume of traffic being dispersed to the arterial network. Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) strategies can help to better leverage traffic management systems and tools, as well as enhance coordination among partners, to improve freeway/arterial coordination during freeway closures.
The Loop101 ICM pilot effort provides an opportunity to demonstrate measureable results from ICM strategies implemented to facilitate coordinated freeway-arterial operations and response to freeway incidents along Loop 101. Through L101 ICM, transportation management and incident response agencies have developed plans to improve communication, coordination, notifications and have established traffic incident management strategies for the Pima Section of L101 in Scottsdale with various degrees of arterial ITS infrastructure or systems.
The vision of the ASCT system is to provide an advanced traffic control system that automatically responds to changing traffic conditions, and reduces delays and corridor travel times, while managing queues and improving along Bell Road. .
As part of AZTech and the Federal Highway Administration's Every Day Counts (EDC) initiative, the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) developed a concept for deployment for Smarter Work Zone (SWZ) technology at work zone sites. The purpose of this project is to support the design of a SWZ system that will be implemented during the construction of MCDOT's MC-85 project from 107th Avenue to 75th Avenue. While the concept will be piloted during the MC-85 project, it is intended that this concept would be adaptable to all MCDOT and AZTech partner work zones.
Through the project, a process was established to provide traceability between the equipment and the systems deployed to track the results that are attributable to the SWZ. A matrix was also developed to assist in selecting the appropriate SWZ components for different work zone needs.
Nationally, there are a limited number of examples of arterial SWZ applications. AZTech is leading the way in SWZ innovation for arterials.
Next steps include initiating the design of SWZ technology for the MC-85 Construction Project.
A Systematically Managed ARTerial or SMART corridor is one where surface streets, are used at their maximum efficiency during normal periods of congestion and when an accident has occurred. The key component is intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technology, which is used to optimize corridor operation by balancing traffic flows between facilities.
Taking advantage of infrastructural devices for monitoring, management, and operation of our freeways in an intelligent way. All of our FMS devices in the field are connected to our Traffic Operation Center.
Motorists in the Phoenix metro area depend on reliable, real-time travel time information to make decisions regarding their commute. The AZTech Regional Partnership makes this possible with 217 dynamic message signs to alert motorist to vital traveler information.
The purpose of the project is to integrate the construction/maintenance information from multiple AZTech partners into Regional Archived Data System and 511 system to enhance traveler information for the arterial roadway network and disseminate it to the media and the public. .
All day travel time information displays on 77 signs.
Accidents happen. And when they do, the AZTech Regional Partnership will be there to help those involved and those affect by the traffic. From closing lanes to ensure safety to providing clear detour routes around an incident, AZTech is there to keep motorists moving.
In the Phoenix metropolitan region, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZ DPS), the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) have collaborated in providing a more responsive and integrated incident response to the crashes and events that require emergency traffic management.
A multi-disciplinary traffic incident management partnership including state and local police, fire agencies, state and local transportation agencies, metropolitan planning offices and towing companies in the Phoenix metropolitan region to share ideas, lessons learned, best practices and knowledge to foster regional incident management.
The Maricopa County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) Regional Emergency Action Coordination Team (REACT) was established in 2001 to meet the growing need to provide incident management services on arterial roads in Maricopa County, Arizona. This service facilitates faster clearance of incidents, reduced secondary accidents and provides traveler information. This response team was the first such dedicated program nationally. The importance of arterial incident management is vital to this region where according to the Maricopa Association of Governments, "the arterial system carries over half of the total vehicle-miles-traveled in the region.
Travelers in the Phoenix metro region want up to the minute roadway information regardless of where they are in the valley. This is only possible through the AZTech Regional Partnership. AZTech partners share their information to a centralized data center to coordinate traffic operations throughout the Phoenix metro region.
The AZTech Regional Information System (ARIS) is a regional ITS tool that provides real-time incident notification and intelligently assimilates incident-centric traffic information in support of traffic management during an incident within a zone identified by the user. The ARIS system has been designed based on the needs of local jurisdictions who demand timely notification of incidents as they occur in their respective jurisdiction. In addition, upon notification, ARIS automatically assimilates a range of useful information related to the particular incident and presents the information in a web-based "tactical screen".
Different from the do-it-all traffic information web sites, ARIS is highly focused and carefully designed to include only the most relevant information needed in support of traffic management during an incident. ARIS successfully addressed the challenges involved in information sharing with local jurisdictions during freeway incidents. In FY16 several enhancements were made to the ARIS display. The interface has been improved to provide better interaction in a mobile environment. As in the original ARIS, the event list may be sorted by Category or Duration and new event search feature was added.
The RADS serves as a data repository system that could facilitate the growth of the regional ITS, employs data processing engines that analyze existing data to create new information, and provides new services to the transportation operators and the traveling public.
Services provided by RADS benefit both the transportation professionals and the general public all over Phoenix metropolitan area in many ways.
The Phoenix metro region is a premier location for special events and seasonal visitors. Increased traffic during these times place heavy demands on the valley's freeways and roadways. The AZTech Regional Partnership coordinates traffic operations during these times to ensure the most efficient commutes possible.
The planning and execution of traffic operations for the Super Bowl was a major success with respect to regional operations and collaboration between agencies. With multiple agencies involved in events during the week prior to the game, planning and real-time execution of Super Bowl traffic management required coordination and cooperation led by the City of Glendale in partnership with ADOT, MCDOT, and the City of Phoenix.
The Valley hosted college football's second national championship game to culminate the 2015-2016 season on January 11th, 2016 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
Connected and autonomous vehicles will be here before we know it. AZTech partners have been in the forefront of this emerging technology. This technology has the potential to improve safety, increase operational efficiency and even protect the environment.
Through a federal initiative called "Connected Vehicles", the USDOT is working to leverage Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technology to improve public safety and surface transportation mobility. The Arizona Connected Vehicle Consortium is led by the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), and the University of Arizona (UA). The goal of this initiative is to develop and demonstrate advanced ITS applications that integrate vehicles together with Systematically Managed ARTerial (SMART) roadway systems in Maricopa County. The MCDOT SMARTDrive ProgramSM connects vehicles to infrastructure deployed on the roadway and makes more effective use of technology in actual driving conditions.