Intelligent Transportation Systems

ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) continues to be at the forefront of transportation planning as MVRPC proceeds with the Region's Early Deployment Plan. The plan focuses on making the transportation system more efficient and responsive to drivers by using technological improvements instead of making major road capacity expansions.

To maintain and build upon the Region’s strong ITS foundation, the Miami Valley Region ITS stakeholders initiated the development of the Miami Valley ITS Regional Architecture in 2003. Simply put, the regional architecture defines the framework on which to build the ITS system. It functionally defines what the pieces of the system are and the information that is exchanged between them. A regional architecture is required by both the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to qualify ITS projects for federal funding after April 2005.

Even with planned construction projects over the next 20 years, the Miami Valley region will continue to face congestion and suffer problems on key highway corridors. Since the region is home to two major interstates with high passenger and freight volumes, the impact of this congestion will reach far beyond the borders of the region and even the state. The Dayton/Springfield Freeway Management System would combine technological and operational solutions to reduce congestion. It also enhances existing incident and traffic management activities on these freeways and provides timely and accurate traveler information to motorists.

Freeway Management System Early Deployment Project

In late 2008, ODOT implemented the first phase of the FMS to aid with the on-going I-75 reconstruction project. MVRPC, using data provided by ODOT, has analyzed the speed and resulting travel times collected by over 100 Doppler radar sensors to assess the reliability of the freeway system. The results for the first three years of analyzed data from July 2009 to June 2012 are summarized below.