GDOT Traffic Operations – Michael Roberson

Report
Georgia DOT
Operations Update
Current Coverage - Atlanta
Current Coverage - Statewide
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I-475 in Macon
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City of Macon
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Hurricane
Evacuation
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Dalton area CMS
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Adel area CMS
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8 other scattered
CMS (weigh
Third Party Data
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Traffic.com
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Inrix
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Entire length of I-95
in Georgia
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Portions of I-16 near
Savannah, and I-516
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Mostly probe-based
TCC Integration
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John’s Creek
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Devices Integrated into Navigator
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Using standalone system as primary
Cobb County
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NTP given for Delcan to install video servers (RTOP$)
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Using Statewide system solution
Gwinnett County
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Seeking standalone Navigator alternative
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Working on Skyline solution
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Needs for traveler info customizations
H.E.R.O.
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Patrol 31 routes on 310 miles of
metro interstates daily
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Managed in excess of one million
incidents since launch
Trained as first responders
- 360 hours in class
- 200 hours on the road
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Trucks carry medical bags, jumper
cables, tire jacks and can tow up to
80,000 lbs
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HERO ALADS system
Automatic Location and
Dispatch System
HEROs and TMC Operators
can exchange incident data
directly through the system
without the need for voice
communications
HERO ALADS system
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Operators at TMC
can track HEROs on
map within
Navigator
Helps determine
the nearest HERO
Reduces response
time
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Coalition of Metro area first responders and
transportation agencies
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Develop and sustain an incident management
program that facilitates safe and quick roadway
clearance
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Over 90 member organizations
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Open Roads Policy
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Advocated for the “Move Over Law”
Towing Recovery Incentive Program (TRIP)
Incident Duration
TRIP Incidents cleared an average of 165 minutes faster
Regional Traffic Operations Program (RTOP)
Mission:
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To increase travel throughput by minimizing congestion
and reducing delays along regional commuter corridors
through improved signal operations.
Traffic Signal Maintenance and Repair
Regional Focus
 Mainline Priority
 Cross-Jurisdictional
Actively Manage Traffic Flow
RTOP Corridors
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GA 400 Flex-Shoulder Lane
Not specifically an ITS project, but…
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Navigator data used to determine hours
Cameras used to sweep lane each morning
Navigator data used to measure effect
Message signs used to reinforce hours
Future Flex-Lanes?
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Northbound GA 400
may be added
Similar part-time
operation
Evening rush hour
Possible ITS
deployments for
signage
SHOULDER
OPEN
GSP Traffic Troopers
Agreement between
GDOT and Department
of Public Safety
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GDOT funds new
troopers to work
Interstate crashes in
Cobb and Gwinnett
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GSP Sargent
stationed at TMC
during PM Peak
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6/28/13
Communications
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New Website and Apps
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Developed new 511ga website
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Developed Apps for Android and Apple
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Custom traffic alert features
Twitter
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Put out traffic alerts through twitter
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Expand Twitter routes to cover major routes
New 511 Website
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Georgia DOT Twitter
@NaviGAtor511
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Waze
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Waze is a crowd
sourced navigation
app with real-time
traffic and incident
info
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Department and Waze
agreed to share
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Variable Speed Limits
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“Top End” of I-285
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Design/Build approach
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Includes raising “default”
speed limit to 65 mph
Will use existing detection
Designed to “harmonize”
the flow of traffic
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Increase throughput
Cameras at Every Interchange
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“Atlanta” model for ITS
does not make sense for
rest of state.
New technologies are
making wireless video
easier and cheaper
Start in cities (Columbus,
Augusta and Savannah)
Expand statewide on all
limited-access roadways
Managed Lane Systems
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75 South / North West
Corridor
New Reversible Toll
Lanes
Gates Control Access
Camera and on-site
sweeping
Dynamic pricing by SRTA
North West Corridor
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Two reversible
managed lanes on I-75
from I-285 to I-575 split
One reversible
managed lane on I-75
from split to Hickory
Grove Road
One reversible
managed lane on I-575
from split to Sixes Road
Thank You
Operations Update
Michael Roberson, Hero Coordinator
404.635.2430 Office
404.683.8975 Mobile

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