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SMART Regions - Tech for Traffic

By: Unknown on Aug 31, 2020

(SACOG) SMART Regions Sacramento:

Mission: “To improve system performance, safety, sustainability, and reliability by ensuring efficient investments in regional smart transportation projects.”

Created a Regional Technology Master Plan which includes:

            -concept of operations

            - regional Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) architecture

            - STARNET modernization strategy


  • The future of transportation includes connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, decision-making based on performance metrics, and a committed focus on more effective operations and management of systems rather than just capital improvements. The way to effectively improve mobility is to manage the existing transportation system better.
  • The outcome of the Technology Implementation Plan is a roadmap of prioritized projects that Caltrans D3 can follow to systematically implement technology projects that achieve local and regional objectives through expansion of infrastructure, integration of systems and subsystems, and deployment and readiness for emerging technologies.
  • This system accommodates innovative technology to promote system-wide modernization including reliable communications between stakeholders, sharing of real time traffic data, improved transit operation, inclusion of active transportation, integrated corridor management, ITS maintenance strategies, improved central managements systems, and traveler information services that provide real-time incident and traffic information
  • See technology as a way to make transportation safer and more efficient.
  • This plan identifies the needs in each region of SACOG such as infrastructure, operation, and institutional.
    • Example of infrastructure need: Need to connect all traffic signals with fiber optic cable- only 276 of 775 traffic signals in the City are connected to the TOC via fiber optic cable
    • Example of operational need: need additional traffic operations staff: there is a lack of sufficient staffing to support traffic operations functions, limiting the staff to operating the City’s ITS responsively rather than proactively.
  • Objectives:
    • Address smart transportation strategies for urban, suburban, and rural communities
    • Prepare for smart region infrastructure adapting to new technology
    • Reduce user frustration by providing consistency and reliability
    • Proactively improve transportation system safety
    • Improve traveler information and dissemination to public and within region
    • Disaster preparedness