Intelligent Transportation Systems
The 2015 Fresno County Intelligent Transportation System Strategic Deployment Plan (ITS SDP) addresses the expanded realm of ITS in Fresno County and responds to specific recommendations and requirements to bring the Fresno COG into compliance with current ITS program standards (23 CFR 940) set by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for development of architecture and strategic plans as well as the Federal Transit Administration’s National ITS Architecture Policy on Transit Projects. Furthermore, the SDP provides a vision for ITS, outlines a program of low, medium and high priority projects, identifies a funding strategy, and establishes a plan for managing, integrating, operating, and maintaining the ITS elements in the region that are to be implemented over a 20-year horizon.
The Fresno County ITS SDP is a critical component of a coherent plan to address the transportation needs of the county through ITS. As travel demand on the freeway and arterial system grows, there is an increasing need to improve the system through active management as opposed to just additional capacity. Similarly, there is an increasing need to apply technology to accelerate the efficiencies of the public transportation systems in the county. In recognition of this, Fresno COG and the various communities in the county continue to invest in intelligent transportation systems. The 2015 ITS SDP will ensure that these investments address important needs in Fresno County and bring the maximum benefit to residents and travelers.
What is ITS?
ITS is the use of electronics, communications, and computers in an integrated manner to improve the efficiency and safety of roadways and other modes of surface transportation. It offers non-traditional solutions to transportation problems and provides an alternative to new infrastructure.
What is a Regional ITS Architecture?
ITS Architecture provides a structured framework for deployment and integration. It helps to introduce and interconnect ITS services across the region and identifies “gaps” in systems and services. ITS Architecture also assists in the development of cooperative agreements.
ITS Architecture Database
The following links provide helpful resources for information on various aspects of ITS.
|General ITS Topic Areas|
|U.S. DOT ITS Joint Program Office||www.its.dot.gov|
|Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Operations||www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov|
|Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Home Page||www.fhwa.dot.gov|
|Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Research and Technology Programs||www.fta.dot.gov/research/index.htm|
|Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Transit ITS||www.fta.dot.gov/research/fleet/its/its.htm|
|Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Home Page||www.fta.dot.gov|
|Intelligent Transportation Society of America||www.itsa.org|
|Intelligent Transportation Society of California||www.its-california.com|
|U.S. DOT ITS Benefits and Unit Cost Database||www.benefitcost.its.dot.gov|
|U.S. DOT ITS Deployment Tracking||www.itsdeployment.its.dot.gov|
|Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Road Weather Management Program||www.ops.fhwa.dot.gov/weather|
|Rural ITS Toolbox||http://ntl.bts.gov/lib/jpodocs/repts_te/13477.html|
|ITS Architecture and Standards:|
|U.S. DOT ITS Standards, Home Page||www.standards.its.dot.gov|
|National Transportation Communications for Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Protocol (NTCIP)||www.ntcip.org|
|National ITS Architecture||www.its.dot.gov/arch/index.htm|
Senior Regional Planner
Fresno Council of Governments
2035 Tulare Street, Suite 201
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: (559) 233-4148 ext. 241
Fax: (559) 233-9645