Incorporating Intelligent Transportation Systems into the Island Sub-Regional Transportation Plan

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Northwest Region and Island County (Population: approx. 80,000) are updating the Island Sub-Regional component of the Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SIRTPO) Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). State law requires that RTPs be updated every two years to reflect population changes and other issues that affect regional transportation facilities and services. This paper is a condensed version of a technical memorandum prepared for the SIRTPO to recognize the importance of considering Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in transportation planning. The memorandum is a review of relevant literature, the Island County transportation system and existing ITS applications, meetings with stakeholders, and other personal communications. It documents the needs of a diverse group of users of the Island County transportation system. The intent is to stimulate discussion of these needs in the context of developing ITS-based solutions. ITS-based solutions should be given equal consideration to traditional solutions when evaluating and selecting transportation system improvement projects. In order to give ITS proper consideration, Island County transportation planners need to acquire a higher level of working knowledge of ITS than currently exists. Several examples of ITS user services currently deployed in Island County are discussed in this report. These applications are uncoordinated in that there are disparate reasons for their existence. Evidence indicates that public acceptance of these applications is growing. It is reasonable to conclude that there will be additional uncoordinated ITS deployments in Island County; therefore, Island County should develop an ITS plan, not merely to meet coming Federal requirements, but to capitalize on the benefits of an integrated ITS, to prevent redundancy, and to minimize taxpayer cost.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: Seventh National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities, September 28-30, 2000, Little Rock, Arkansas

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01042456
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 28 2007 1:57PM