Transportation Operations Master Plan
The Transportation Operations Master Plan is a component of DVRPC's adopted Long-Range Plan. It was developed in cooperation with the Transportation Operations Task Force (TOTF) and based on a number of previous planning efforts, including DVRPC's 2006 ITS Master Plan for the Delaware Valley: ITS Vision and Initiatives of Regional Significance, PennDOT's Regional Operations Plan (ROP) for PennDOT District 6-0 Region, NJDOT's ITS Investment Strategy: 10-Year Program, and DVRPC's ITS Regional Architecture.
The four major components which comprise the Transportation Operations Master Plan are described below.
Operations Goals and Objectives
This component outlines the major transportation operations themes for the region. There are four major operational goals. Within these goals, several cross-cutting basic themes emerged, such as: the need to obtain real-time accurate information, the ability to share information among agencies and with the public, and the availability of appropriate resources to respond to situations. The Plan further identifies objectives and strategies for each of the four goals, which are listed below.
- Reduce traffic congestion through improved incident management.
- Reduce traffic congestion through improved traffic management.
- Provide more options for travelers by providing real-time information.
- Improve delivery of transit services.
Transportation Operations Vision
This component of the Plan establishes where basic ITS infrastructure should be constructed, emergency patrols deployed, and where incident management task forces are warranted. The Plan projects all visions to year 2035, and includes corresponding maps.
ITS Infrastructure Vision - The Plan establishes different levels of coverage for ITS infrastructure deployment for various ITS elements.
Emergency Service Patrols Vision - Emergency service patrols are considered a valuable incident management resource. The Plan outlines a vision of coverage areas and hours of service for patrols.
Incident Management Task Forces Vision - Incident Management Task Forces allow local police, fire and EMS to work with county 9-1-1 centers, state police, department of transportation staff, and the towing community to resolve incident management coordination issues. The Plan describes existing task forces, those in development, and potential task forces.
Integrated Corridor Management Plan - Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) optimizes travel in a corridor by coordinating traffic on expressways and arterials, as well as between highways and transit modes. The Plan displays potential corridors for ICM treatment.
Regional Communications Network Vision - The Plan describes a proposed Regional Communications Network in which agencies will become nodes.
Projects and Programs
This component presents specific capital projects and ongoing programs. Six major project and program categories are listed below. For each program, the Plan further lists a brief description, a list of high priority projects, lead agency(s), and its priority versus other operations programs. An Action Plan is also included, which summarizes short-term high priority projects.
- ITS Infrastructure Programs
- Traffic Management Centers
- Incident Management Programs
- Traffic Management Programs
- Traveler Information
- Transit Management
The Financial Plan summarizes the financial investment required to implement, maintain, and operate the programs identified in the Plan. It presents a financial analysis of how much it will cost to build-out, operate, and maintain the transportation operations vision. It describes the methodology and assumptions to determine cost projections, transportation operations financing needs, and funding allocation.