Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) projects take advantage of modern technology to better manage the transportation system. ITS applications include traffic signal coordination, freeway traffic monitoring and management, automated transit vehicle location and passenger counting, incident management, ramp metering and strategies to monitor and manage commercial vehicle operations. These applications allow the region to more efficiently operate the transportation system and to better maintain effective signal timing plans, and bus scheduling.
The Wasatch Front Regional Council, through its planning and funding efforts, has consistently encouraged the implementation of ITS strategies. Signal coordination efforts have been underway in Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County since the early 1980's and in Weber and Davis Counties for over a decade. The initial deployment of ITS in Utah was completed in conjunction with the reconstruction of I-15 in Salt Lake County. The system now consists of a traffic operations center and fiberoptic backbone to over 1,000 signals and scores of cameras, variable message signs, and traffic monitoring stations, as well as several ramp meters along I-15. Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County operate satellite traffic control centers and the system has expanded into Weber, Davis, Utah and other counties. There are also connections to FHWA, UTA, and other transportation entities. The Utah Transit Authority has automated passenger counters, electronic time of arrival signs at rail stations, and several other ITS elements. While not replacing the need for additional roadway capacity, annual benefits have been estimated at about $180 million. The system is projected to reduce delay by nearly 20 percent.
Additional information on the Intelligent Transportation Planning may be obtained by contacting Wayne Bennion.