San Joaquin Valley Intelligent Transportation Systems
Strategic Deployment Plan
The Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Strategic Deployment Plan for the San Joaquin Valley Region is a 20-month study that was funded by Caltrans in 1998. The San Joaquin Valley region represents one of the last geographic areas in California to develop an ITS Plan.
ITS technologies are generally considered to be the incorporation of advanced technology into all parts of the transportation system to improve the movement of people, goods, services and information. They can include more immediately recognizable features such as emergency call boxes, changeable message signs, signal synchronization and preemption, and Highway Advisory Radio, to more advanced technologies such as Traffic Operations Centers, Automatic Vehicle Location devices, information kiosks, and electronic payment services for tolls. While an official ITS Plan has not yet been created for the San Joaquin Valley region, some of the advanced technologies have been implemented in the area.
This study, which is managed by the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG), will cover San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings Tulare and Kings Counties, representing the California Central Valley.
The objectives of the study are to:
gain the participation of transportation stakeholders and community members, identify transportation needs that have the potential to be addressed by ITS technologies evaluate which ITS elements would be beneficial, cost-effective and implementable to meet the identified needs, and develop a plan outlining the short-, medium-, and long-range application of ITS technology including specific operations and maintenance plans and financing.
Project partners include Caltrans, the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, California Highway Patrol and the eight County Council of Governments. Other participants for the San Joaquin Valley region will include transit operators, local jurisdictions, the California Highway Patrol local branches, emergency service providers, the tourism industry, agricultural interests, trucking interests, and others. Participation by community members will help to identify and prioritize needs and solutions specific to the San Joaquin Valley region.
San Joaquin Valley ITS Strategic Deployment Plan