BY C.D.O.T. ITS STAFF
Edited by Brian Jordon and Gene Towne
The Transportation Management Center (TMC) describes an array of advanced transportation technologies and information processing techniques used internationally to increase the convenience of transportation systems. In 1991, the US Congress passed the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), which encourages governments and other entities to apply military, air traffic control, and space technology to ground transportation. This includes all transportation modes: passenger vehicles, commercial carriers, public transit systems, and other activities. These smart systems, both rural and urban, are being adopted throughout the world; in Colorado by C.D.O.T., and by regional and local transportation agencies across the state.
The Colorado Transportation
Management Center (CTMC) comprises two basic units: The Advanced Traffic
Management and the Advanced Traveler Information units. The CTMC is
temporarily housed at 6th Avenue and Kipling Street in Lakewood.
The following is a description of the function for each unit, and typical hardware and software that service the center.
Advanced Traffic Management System
This unit directly
monitors traffic conditions and responds to incidents, particularly
during rush hour, in the Denver metro area. The unit also provides critical
traffic and road condition information for the Advanced Traveler Information
Unit. The ATMS operates seven days a week, 365 days a year. Among other
important duties, ATMs operators work closely with C.D.O.T. Public Information
Officers to verify the accuracy and currency of messages posted on electronic
highway sign boards throughout the state.
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