This article describes the success of the Houston TranStar, a multi-agency consortium partnership responsible for the planning, design, maintenance, and operation of regional transportation and emergency management functions. Since its inception, TranStar has saved motorists in the six-county region more than $1.05 billion in reduced delay costs, which represents a drop in fuel consumption of 1.02 billion liters and the resulting exhaust emissions. It has also become the regional hub for homeland security data. In 2004, TranStar was put to the test when Houston hosted the Super Bowl and its one million fans. The program’s Regional Incident Management System (RIMS) was a key factor in the lack of security and traffic issues. The article also discusses the agency’s plans for the future, including an addition of 150 cameras along roadways, and an expansion of HOV lanes and the existing roadway weather information system.

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    • May/June 2005
  • Corporate Authors:

    Route One Publishing Limited

    Horizon House, Azalea Drive
    Swanley, Kent  United Kingdom  BR8 8JR
  • Authors:
    • Gaynor, J
    • Jones, A T
  • Publication Date: 2005-5


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01006977
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2005 7:34AM