This report presents the analysis of a questionnaire survey administered to the governmental agencies which have or have had motorist aid systems (MAS) and those manufacturers of recent MAS equipment. There are 13 states which have 40 operational motorists aid systems with a total of approximately 5,200 aid stations. The costs and benefits of all motorist aid systems have not been fully determined. Changes to the present MAS, as indicated by the states, to improve operations included: providing illumination at aid stations for nighttime use; establishing uniform signing; redesigning field communications facilities; and incorporating in the pre-planning stage all participating agencies. Maintenance of motorist aid systems indicated problems caused by vandalism at the aid stations, and severance of buried cables. Trends, as indicated by both the users and suppliers of MAS, are toward voice communications and radio equipment. The concept of in-vehicle communications is anticipated to replace or complement the present motorist aid systems.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011
  • Authors:
    • Ritch, G P
  • Publication Date: 1975-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 44 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00126316
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TTI-2-18-72-165-17 Res. Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1981 12:00AM