The following use cases demonstrate how agencies used probe data analytics and decision support tools to ensure safe, efficient movement of traffic and minimize disruption to travelers.
PennDOT is working on a $2B, long-term, multi-phase initiative to rebuild and improve Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, widening the I-95 mainline for approximately nine miles and reconstructing five major interchanges.
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (a bi-state MPO) has agreed to provide planning assistance to PennDOT during the project.
This information helped the local PennDOT District 6 make a case to the Central Office and FHWA of the need for major transit investments, justifying a $41M flex to the area transit agency (SEPTA) for purchase of bi-level rail cars for the parallel Trenton Rail Line.
Using Congestion Scan and Performance Charts, DVRPC and PennDOT were able to:
From Saturday, September 26th to Sunday, September 27th, 2015, Pope Francis attended the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, PA, drawing over one million people worldwide to a Festival, Prayer Vigil and Papal Mass.
The event was deemed as a National Special Security Event by Homeland Security, requiring extensive planning and coordination between regional stakeholders.
PennDOT, the lead agency, helped form an Interagency Coordination Committee — made up of over 25 agencies — to facilitate regional transportation coordination, and selected RITIS Meeting as their decision support tool.
Here’s how PennDOT prepared for, and used the tool to manage the regional transportation system during this historic event.
A Quick Reference Guide was prepared for PennDOT (meeting host) and a more streamlined version for all other meeting participants, to provide them with a complete rundown of the tool’s features and functions.
Several training sessions were held to demonstrate the most likely features to be used during the event, such as the Timeline area, where Situation Reports would be posted.
RITIS Meeting was stood up for 72 continuous hours, with 100% reliability. In all 33 SIT Reports were posted (1 every two hours) for discussion and available to all participants.
The probe speed data layer was used to assess traffic conditions before, during and after SIT report-outs. Only one major incident occurred in the area, well away from the event site (see inset).
Once RITIS Meeting was ended, a Meeting Log – containing any notes, shared documents and all 33 SIT Reports – was automatically generated, and a URL distributed to the meeting host and all participants.
This document was used in support of the after action review and report development.
Using Congestion Scan after the event clearly shows virtually no congestion on I-95 SB (primary route for World Meeting of Families traffic) during the event, as compared to the Fri-Sun before. This helps confirm the success of the Traveler Information Campaign used well before the event occurred.
“The use of the RITIS Meeting and the document-sharing module was incredibly successful.”
“…I heard good things about the ability to share information quickly and the ability to participate with our local partners is something we have not done in past events. RITIS Meeting was a large part of that sharing opportunity.”
“It was certainly nice not having to have everyone in the NASTO (Northeast Association of Transportation Officials) region’s e-mail addresses to send out SIT reports.”
“The open communication was invaluable as we could openly talk with the PTC (PA Turnpike Commission) as things were occurring (an accident with fatality) and see the traffic queues with both the I-95 Coalition traffic speeds website and RITIS Meeting software immediately.”
Jon Fleming | Roadway Program Manager II
Emergency/Incident Management Section Chief
PA Department of Transportation