A PUBLIC/PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE TRAFFIC INFORMATION BY CELLULAR TELEPHONE REPORTS. FINAL REPORT

The goal of the study was to determine if a real-time travel information program could be established by forming a partnership between private citizens, private companies, and the public sector. The purpose was to provide timely information on the traffic conditions of the four roadways in the north corridor of Houston during peak period operation and to make this information available to the traveling public by way of radio reports (traffic service companies) and roadside changeable message signs. Motorists could then select a route that reduced their travel time. This study has resulted in a number of valuable institutional, operational, and logistical lessons related to developing real-time travel information systems. The methodologies and procedures developed in the project for gathering, processing, and analyzing information were found to be effective. It further demonstrated that private citizens and the private sector will participate with public agencies in cooperatively administering transportation management programs. The study purpose was not to promote cellular phone use as the primary tool for providing traffic data, but to present the cellular phone as the prototype and foundation for implementing a more cost effective technology (such as Automatic Vehicle Identification) in the corridor.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research study title: Planning, Design, and Operation of Transportation Facilities in Houston--Phase II.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Research and Technology Transfer Office, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763-5051
  • Authors:
    • Smalley, D G
    • McCasland, W R
  • Publication Date: 1993-9

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 84 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00664241
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TX-94/1941-1, Res Rept 1941-1, TTI: 7-1941
  • Contract Numbers: Study 7-1941
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 2 1994 12:00AM