The Coalition’s Member Agencies have designated three primary focus areas where coordination among multiple modes and multiple jurisdictions would be highly beneficial in furthering transportation improvements.
A committee was established for each focus area, and this page contains highlights of the Travel Information Services Committee. News items are shown below, and the menu on the right contains links to additional Travel Information Services Committee information.
Vehicle Probe Project (VPP) Data Acquisition and Validation
The VPP re‐competed in 2014 for significantly improved services/cost for agencies. Because of this re‐compete, member agencies realize up to 50% cost savings (from the previous agreement) on the purchase of real‐time data. The evaluation team (consisting of member agencies and facilitated by the UMD) worked diligently to attain the best results within the new contract for the VPP users. The first full freeway validation involving all three vendors was conducted in late 2014, and results were presented in early 2015.
VPP Agency Project Team
A team of representatives from Coalition member agencies continue to guide the VPP. Webcasts are held at strategic points throughout the year to ensure agencies have the latest information on the tools and best practices are shared.
A User Group also exists for VPP Suite Users.– Webcasts are conducted quarterly to explain new functionality and gather feedback from agency users. Numerous changes and enhancements have been made to the VPP analytical tools based on the input received and the User Group is preparing for MAP-21. In addition, working groups (comprised of agency members) are working to address technical issues within the Suite tools.
Traveler Information APPs Page
A single webpage has been launched on the Coalition website – a “One‐Stop Shop” containing I‐95CC public agency links to travel info pages and social media applications. The address below provides a single page that includes agencies’ links for traveler information on mobile operating systems, public agency Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, YouTube, and RSS sites – as well as connections for e-mail and text alerts. View the Travel App page.
Commercial Vehicle Operations Online Portal on Coalition Website
I-95 Corridor Coalition has developed an online Portal to access information of interest to Motor Carriers. In addition to linking to I-95 Corridor Coalition agencies’ Travel Information sites, the Portal also contains information on Commercial Vehicle Operating, Credentialing, Registration, Taxation, and Permitting Requirements, Commercial Driver Licensing, Traveler Truck Parking and Weigh Stations, Tolling Information, and Motor Truck Associations for each of the I-95 Coalition Member States from Maine to Florida.
View the CVO Online Portal
Traveler Information Committee Meetings
Twice a year meetings are held of the Traveler Information Services Committee to share best practices and exchange information. During these meetings/webcasts agencies share information on timely travel information and operational topics through an agency “roundtable discussion.” During a recent meeting, several states shared experiences of “hacking” of DMS signs. As a result, a special session engaging expertise in efforts to address this threat is being incorporated into the Coalition’s Significant Event Conference.
ATMS/ATIS Best Practices-Winter Travel Conditions for Mid-Atlantic/Southern Region
The ATMS/ATIS Best Practices-Winter Travel Conditions for Mid-Atlantic/Southern Region project was undertaken to understand how states in these regions display road weather condition information and to determine best practices for collecting and disseminating weather related travel conditions by public agencies. This project included conducting a workshop with agencies in these regions to identify current practices in the states in October 2014 and completing a scan of a DOT Travel Info websites to determine the data and format of the road conditions due to winter weather that is provided. A summary of the findings has been prepared and is available for use by member agencies. Summary of Findings
Using VPP Suite Trend Maps for Holiday/Event Travel Planning
The trend maps are interactive and animated maps from the VPP Suite that can be embedded in agency websites and distributed in press releases to help inform motorists about historical travel conditions, such as just before, during, and after major holidays. The intent is to inform motorist about expected conditions and allow them to make better departure decisions.
In December 2014, a webcast was held to explain how agencies can use these trend maps from the VPP Suite for travel info notices for holidays and other major events. North Carolina DOT and Metropolitan Washington COG provided procedures and examples on their use of the VPP Suite trend maps, and Virginia DOT, explained the tool they developed in-house (currently using VPP data) for providing Thanksgiving travel information. This webcast was the result of a Coalition project, working with NCDOT, VDOT and UMD CATT Lab, to provide an easier way for member agencies to provide travel information.
Performance Measures Collaboration
The Traveler Information Services Committee provides a forum and opportunity for members to share their efforts related to MAP-21. In recent meetings, the New Jersey Pilot Study Testing Potential MAP-21 System Performance Measures were shared through webcast and email. In addition, the VPP Suite User Group continued working with the Partners Using Archived Operations Data on shared measures.