Shared Communications: Voule I. A Summary and Literature Review

The purpose of this report is to examine the literature for examples of organizations and agencies that share communications resources. While the primary emphasis is on rural, intelligent transportation system (ITS) communications involving transit, examples will not be limited to rural activities, nor to ITS implementation, nor even to transit! In addition, the term “communication” will be broadly applied to include all information resources. The first three sections of this document serve to define the meaning of the term “shared communication resources” and to provide examples of agencies that share resources. In these sections, the location (i.e., state or city) of the resource being discussed will be underlined. The fourth section provides a brief literature review of the issues that surround sharing communication resources. Based on the documentation of shared communications and communication issues, recommendations for potential usage are provided in the last section. The national ITS program has a goal of improving safety and efficiency on highway, transit, and rail systems through both information- and infrastructure-based programs. Rural ITS has many of the same objectives as ITS in urban areas; however, the conditions are very different. Distances are greater, for example, but population density is less. Causes of and responses to traffic incidents are decidedly different. Transit needs are different. Coordination and cooperation among very diverse jurisdictions and groups of public and private stakeholders are very different. This report will attempt to document as many examples of shared communication as possible in order to delineate more clearly these differences between rural and urban conditions and to provide guidelines for successful communication sharing in the future.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory

    Center for Transportation Analysis, P.O. Box 2008
    Oak Ridge, TN  United States  37831

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Federal Highway Administration

    ITS Joint Program Office
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Franzese, Oscar
    • Truett, Tykey
    • Chang, Edmond Chin-Ping
  • Publication Date: 2004-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Edition: Volume I
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 47p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01109147
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ORNL/TM-2004/198
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 20 2008 10:41AM