TRANSCOM Transportation Management 10/24/2006 History of TRANSCOM Located in Jersey City, New Jersey, TRANSCOM was created in 1986 to facilitate construction coordination among agencies throughout the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut metropolitan region. Subsequently, its role expanded to include multi-agency, regional incident management 24 hours a day. In serving its 17 member agencies, TRANSCOM has developed and now operates a number of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). TRANSCOM’s 17 member agencies are: Connecticut Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, MTA New York City Transit, NJ Department of Transportation, New Jersey Transit, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Turnpike Authority, NYC Department of Transportation, New York City Police Department, New York State Bridge Authority, NYS Department of Transportation, New York State Police, NY State Thruway Authority, Palisades Interstate Parkway, Port Authority Trans-Hudson Corporation, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Operations Information Center (OIC) • The OIC collects and disseminates up-to-the-minute regional incident, construction, and special events information, 24 hours a day, through an extensive notification network. Each notification is distributed to affected agencies in the tri-state area. Recipients include highway and transit agencies; state, county, and local police departments; and media traffic services. • The network links TRANSCOM to over 100 member and affiliated agencies through the TRANSCOM Regional Architecture, an alphanumeric pager system, phone, fax, and now online to the public through the Trips123 website. • During major incidents, construction, and special events, TRANSCOM helps to marshal regional resources for incident response. These resources include its member agencies’ variable message signs and highway advisory radio, which get the word out to travelers. Sharing these resources allows information to reach a much wider public. Construction Coordination • On a real-time basis, TRANSCOM’s extensive construction information allows it to identify ways to maximize capacity around major incidents and emergency projects, and helps member agencies avoid restricting capacity on parallel or intersecting roadways. • TRANSCOM prepares a Weekly Traffic and Transit Advisory listing all planned construction, emergency construction, and special events planned for the region during the upcoming week. • TRANSCOM maintains an ongoing database of all construction projects planned or underway in the region. This allows staff to locate potential conflicts between projects, notify the agencies involved, identify ways of mitigating the conflicts, and assist the member agencies with implementing solutions. Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) • TRANSMIT: This system uses vehicles equipped with E-ZPASS tags as anonymous probes (scrambled for privacy protection), to determine real-time travel times and average speeds on roadways to detect incidents. o The first TRANSMIT application was in 1995 and covered 20 miles. Today, we have more than 90 individual TRANSMIT locations, covering several hundred miles throughout New York and northern New Jersey. TRANSCOM Transportation Management 10/24/2006 Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) - Continued • TRANSCOM Regional Architecture: The architecture integrates member agencies’ ITS for electronic sharing of information among agency operations centers. o The TRANSCOM Regional Architecture went live in March 2003. Currently, more than 30 workstations are up and running within TRANSCOM’s 17 agency membership throughout the three-state metropolitan region. • IRVN (Interagency Remote Video Network): This video network enables member agencies to share more than 400 closed-circuit television (CCTV) feeds throughout the NY/NJ/CT area. o IRVN went into operation in 2001 and continues to expand its network to other member agencies in the region. • SATIN (Service Area Travelers Interactive Network): These are interactive kiosks which provide traveler information at transit and roadway hubs. A private partner developed the kiosks and TRANSCOM supplies up-to-date, agency-verified traffic and transit information. o The first SATIN kiosk was installed in 2000. Today, there are 24 sites up in many of the most heavily traveled areas throughout the region. • Trips123: With a roll-out expected in September 2004, Trips123 website will be available to the public, providing up-to-date, agency-verified highway and transit information, as well as both free and customized multi-modal and multi-agency transit trip planning services across the metropolitan region. Trips123 was funded by a grant from the USDOT Metropolitan Model Deployment Initiative through NYSDOT (the contracting agency), as well as by TRANSCOM member agencies and the NEC Joint Venture (PB Farradyne and Transcore). TRANSCOM Case Studies TRANSCOM has been handling transportation, incident management, construction, and special event information 24 hours a day, 7days a week since 1995. Our inter-agency network was instrumental in the events of September 11, 2001 and the August 14, 2003 blackout.
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