Southwestern Ontario BWT Project Update

Report
Southwestern Ontario
Border Wait Time Project Update
Mike Barnet, P.Eng
Intelligent Transportation Systems Program
Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
April 8, 2014
Background
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Part of a province-wide initiative, supported by Transport Canada to provide
border-wait time information on the approaches to all border crossings
Goal
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Strategy
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To promote safe, secure, and efficient border crossing operations that support
economic and social prosperity of the province and mitigate the impact of
international trade on local communities
To provide border wait-time information on dedicated roadside signs on the
Ministry freeways destined for the US/Canada border
To improve upon the detail and accuracy of border wait-time information
provided on the Ministry web site
Approach described today is really for border crossing scenarios whereby
there can be dynamic changes in queuing that warrants advance notification
via roadside signs
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i.e. High volume border crossings
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Priority Deployments
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New ATMS Border Advisory System design to be
implemented for:
 Windsor and Sarnia Gateway
 Niagara Falls
 Thousand Islands
Ambassador
Bridge
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Windsor-Detroit
Tunnel
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Blue Water Bridge
Hybrid Approach
(Bluetooth and Vehicle Detectors)
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Use of Bluetooth Readers & Vehicle Detectors
Vehicle Detectors
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Vehicle detectors
installed at border
crossing in BC, Canada
Service flow rate
Volume of cars in the queue
Bluetooth Detector
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Historical travel time information
Bluetooth reader
installed off highway
shoulder, Ontario
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Hybrid Approach
Cars Exiting
Primary Inspection Lanes
Vehicle Detectors ‘A’
Vehicle Detectors ‘B’
Cars Entering
Closed System
(NOTE: Could be a tunnel or bridge approach)
Direction of Travel
Bluetooth Reader ‘B’
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Bluetooth and Vehicle Detectors co-located (in principle)
Vehicle Detectors A gives real-time service flow rate
Vehicle Detectors B gives number of cars in the queue
Bluetooth reader provides historical travel times
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Blue Water Bridge Crossing
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Challenges
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Large, multi-jurisdictional team
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Design of Hybrid Approach requires equipment on both sides of crossing
Development of signing / messaging strategy
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MTO, MDOT
Bluewater Bridge CAN / USA
City of Windsor
2 Consulting teams
Size of sign
Roadside Vs. Overhead
Bilingual Requirements
Privacy Concerns raised by media
Uncertainty related to construction of DRIC
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Border Delay Information
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Next Steps
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Blue Water Bridge:
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Windsor – Detroit Crossings:
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Installation of Loop Detectors / Bluetooth equipment will be completed by Spring
2014
Testing and fine tuning algorithm expected to be completed by Summer 2014
System to be operational by late Summer / Fall 2014, in time for ITS World
Congress in Detroit
Operating Agreement with City of Windsor under development
Field Equipment expected to be in place by late 2014 / early 2015
System to be operational by Summer 2015
Border Advisory Signs
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Expected to be in place by Summer 2015
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QUESTIONS?
Mike Barnet
Intelligent Transportation Systems Program
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
[email protected]
416-235-5110
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