Long-Range Optimal Deployment of ITS Strategies: Concept Definition

Available Documents
Project Report

Primary Investigator
Alan J. Horowitz
Professor of Civil Engineering
PO Box 784
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229 6685
(414) 229 6958 fax

Project Objective
The primary objective of the research is to determine how best to approach the long-range deployment problem. The project would develop a conceptual approach to how ITS investments could be staged to maximize their benefit.

Project Abstract
This research project deals with the issue of how ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems) strategies and technologies should be implemented over a long period of time (e.g. 10 to 20 years). It is common practice for long-range transportation plans to include ITS elements, but there is a pressing need for methodologies for deciding when ITS strategies should be deployed in accordance with asset management principles.

The project will identify ITS strategies that should be considered in a staged manner
and accumulate or develop evaluation and decision criteria that would assist the
decision-maker in developing an optimal plan for deploying ITS. Given the limited scope
of the project, it will likely develop only a conceptual approach, with more work needed
to develop a fully implementable model.

Task Descriptions

  1. Task 1: Identify those strategies that lend themselves to staged implementation.
  2. Task 2: Identify formal methods for evaluating those strategies.
  3. Task 3: Identify criteria for evaluating the success of an ITS strategy.
  4. Task 4: Identify ITS strategies that need to be evaluated together or in some logical order.
  5. Task 5: Identify those strategies that should change or expand based on traffic demand.
  6. Task 6: Identify formal strategies for performing multiple year optimization of deployment.
  7. Task 7: Demonstrate the concept optimizing long-range strategies for either a single strategy or a small combination of strategies.

Project Information

  • Milestones, Dates: Project start date: 9/1/01, Final report by 5/31/02
  • Total Budget: $84,055
  • Student Involvement: One graduate project assistant, 9 months @ 50% effort
  • Project Number: 02-04